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License Fees for Residents and Nonresidents

All licenses, both for residents and nonresidents, are valid for one year from the date of purchase unless otherwise specified. Here are the current fees:

Resident Licenses

  • Freshwater Fishing License: $23.00
  • Saltwater Fishing License: $17.50
  • Trout Fishing License: $12.00
  • Tidal Boat License: $31.00

Nonresident Licenses

  • Freshwater Fishing License: $47.00
  • Saltwater Fishing License: $32.50
  • Trout Fishing License: $47.00
  • Tidal Boat License: $81.00

Note: A valid trout license, whether annual or lifetime, is required in addition to other resident licenses only when fishing in designated stocked trout waters between October 1 and June 15.

Resident License Fees

For residents of Virginia, here are the fees for various fishing licenses:

  • Sportsman’s License (16 years or older): $100.00

    • Includes hunting license, bear license, deer/turkey license (valid July 1–June 30), archery license, muzzleloader license, freshwater fishing license, and trout license.
  • County/City Resident Freshwater Fishing:* $16.00

    • For residents of the county or city of residence only.
  • Resident State Freshwater Fishing License (age 16 and older):

    • 1-year license: $23.00
    • 2-year license: $44.00
    • 3-year license: $65.00
    • 4-year license: $86.00
  • Resident State Fresh/Saltwater Fishing: $39.50*

  • Resident Saltwater Fishing License: $17.50

  • South Holston Reservoir Fishing License: $21.00

    • Allows fishing in both Tennessee and Virginia waters of South Holston Reservoir upstream of the dam. A valid resident fishing license is also required.
  • Resident 5-Day Freshwater Fishing: $14.00

  • Resident 5-Day Fresh/Saltwater Fishing: $24.00

    • Valid for 5 consecutive days. Not valid in designated stocked trout waters.
  • Resident 10-Day Saltwater Fishing: $10.00

    • Valid for 10 consecutive days.
  • Resident Tidal Boat Sport Fishing (see License Information): $126.00

  • Resident 65 and Over Annual Freshwater Fishing: $9.00*

  • Resident Trout Fishing (October 1–June 15): $23.00

    • Required in addition to other resident licenses if fishing in stocked waters.

Note: The fees mentioned above include the issuance fee and are subject to change. Please refer to the latest information before purchasing a license.

Nonresident License Fees

For nonresidents of Virginia, here are the fees for various fishing licenses:

  • Nonresident State Freshwater Fishing (age 16 or older): $47.00

  • Nonresident Saltwater Fishing License: $25.00

  • Nonresident State Fresh/Saltwater Fishing: $71.00

  • Nonresident 1-Day Freshwater Fishing: $8.00

    • Not valid in designated stocked trout waters.
  • Nonresident 5-Day Freshwater Fishing: $21.00

    • (5 consecutive days)
  • Nonresident 10-Day Saltwater Fishing License: $10.00

    • (10 consecutive days)
  • Nonresident 5-Day Fresh/Saltwater Fishing: $31.00

    • (5 consecutive days)
  • Nonresident Tidal Boat Sport Fishing: $201.00

    • Refer to page 12 for more details.
  • Nonresident Annual Fishing License for 70% or Greater Service-Connected Partially Disabled Veterans and Service-Connected Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans:

  • Nonresident Trout Fishing (October 1–June 15): $23.00

    • Required in addition to other nonresident licenses if fishing in stocked waters.

Note: The fees mentioned above include the issuance fee and are subject to change. Please refer to the latest information before purchasing a license.

Miscellaneous Fees

Here are some miscellaneous fees related to fishing licenses and permits:

  • Daily Permit Required at Clinch Mountain, Crooked Creek, and Douthat State Park Fee Fishing Areas: $8.00

    • This permit is necessary in addition to regular resident, resident 5-day license, nonresident, or nonresident 1-day or 5-day license. Refer to Special Regulation Trout Waters.
  • National Forest Permit: $4.00

    • Required for fishing in the National Forest, in addition to the required fishing licenses. Exceptions apply for residents under 16 and over 65, and nonresidents under 16.
  • Virginia State Forest Use Permit: $16.00

    • Allows various activities such as hunting, trapping, fishing, mountain biking, and horse riding in state forests. No motorized vehicles on gated roads/trails. Sold in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
  • Access Permit: $4.00 per day or $23.00 per year

    • For accessing certain areas. Refer to License Information for details.
  • County Dip Net Permit: $4.50

    • Required for taking shad, herring, and mullet. River herring and American shad may not be harvested from tidal waters.
  • Public Access Lands for Sportsmen (PALS): $18

    • Fee for access to public lands for sportsmen.

Note: Fees are subject to change, and it's advisable to verify the latest information before obtaining permits or licenses.

Lifetime Licenses

Here are details about various lifetime licenses available:

  • Legacy Lifetime:

    • Available to Virginia residents and non-residents under the age of 2 years upon the date of application receipt by the Department of Wildlife Resources.
    • Valid until the individual’s 12th birthday, after which they must complete an approved hunter education course or equivalent. They can then transfer the legacy to a regular hunting lifetime license at no additional charge.
  • Lifetime:

    • Available to Virginia resident and nonresident individuals.
    • Virginia residents may purchase their lifetime licenses online through www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com if their Virginia residency status can be verified through Virginia DMV.
    • Equivalent to state hunting licenses; other applicable licenses, stamps, or permits are required in addition to this license.
  • Resident Junior Lifetime Hunting license:

    • Available to Virginia residents under the age of 12.
    • Expires on their 12th birthday.
    • Transferable upon completion and submission of the Youth Hunter Education Compliance form and a copy of their Hunter Safety or equivalent completed certificate.
  • Senior Combo Lifetime:

    • Available to Virginia residents aged 80 years and older.
    • Requires all other applicable licenses, stamps, and permits (except the bear license and deer/turkey license).
  • Resident Service-Connected Disability Veteran Lifetime:

    • Available to Virginia residents disabled due to a service-connected disability rated 30% or greater by the U.S. Veterans Administration office.
    • Discounted fees based on the individual’s current U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs disability rating.
    • The Veteran lifetime freshwater fishing license does not include a trout license. A trout license is required if fishing in stocked trout waters.
    • Visit www.virginiawildlife.gov/forms for applications, prices, and further instructions for applying for a lifetime license.

Note: Ensure to verify the latest information and requirements when applying for lifetime licenses.

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