Saltwater fishing is one of Alabama’s more enjoyable sports. Anglers from all over join residents of Alabama to try their hand at catching “the big one”. But before any of these anglers drop a hook, they have to have the appropriate Alabama Saltwater Fishing License. According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, “A Saltwater Fishing License is required for all persons, 16 to 66, fishing or possessing fish in saltwater areas of Alabama.” These saltwater fishing licenses are valid from August 31 until August 31 of the next year.
Residents of Alabama can choose between an Alabama Annual Resident Fishing License that is sold for $29 and an Alabama Resident Trip Fishing License that sells for $9. Anyone who has resided in Alabama for at least a minimum of 90 days continuously before applying for a resident fishing license is considered a resident of the state. In order for an angler to prove they he or she is a resident of Alabama, they are generally asked for an Alabama State Drivers License or an Alabama State Non-driver Identification Card. If the angler does not have either of these forms of identification they can use a minimum of 2 of the following items to prove their residency: a previous year’s tax return with a mailing address, an Alabama voter registration card, certificate of employment that contains a mailing address, home property tax documents, health insurance documents with mailing address, the past three months utility bills with a mailing address, a student ID that contains a proof of residency, school registration documentation for non-driver students or any other legal documents that the Conservation Department may approve that shows residency. Although fishing licenses can be issued at many locations throughout the state of Alabama, online and via the telephone, the only personal that can issue them with any form of identification other than an Alabama driver’s license or an Alabama non-driver identification card is a Probate or License Commissioner Officer. All anglers must keep in mind that, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, “IT IS A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW TO WILLFULLY OR KNOWINGLY MAKE A FALSE STATEMENT WHEN PURCHASING AN ALABAMA RESIDENT LICENSE.”
Non-residents of Alabama can also enjoy saltwater fishing by purchasing the fishing license that is appropriate for them. These anglers can choose from either an Alabama Non-resident Annual Fishing License for $98 if they are from Louisiana, $55 if they are from Florida and $53 if they are from anywhere else. Non-trip Fishing License are available for $60 if the angler is from Louisiana, $30 if the angler is from Florida and $25 if the angler is from anywhere else.