How Do I Buy a Fishing License in Pennsylvania?

Don’t let the khakis and button-down oxford fool you. I am an avid outdoorsman, despite my appearance. I enjoy hunting, camping, white-water rafting and canoeing.
In Florida, where I lived for more than 35 years, I camped and fished whenever I could and as often as time would allow. One winter I even camped on a private river bank south of Melbourne for more than a month fishing, crabbing, reading and just talking to myself. It was heaven.

Within days of relocating to Mt. Washington from Sanford, Florida, I started researching what I needed to do to get my Pennsylvania fishing license. I discovered that the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) had streamlined the process and it’s straightforward to buy your fishing license in one of three ways.

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3 Common Ways to Get a Fishing License in Pennsylvania


The easiest way to buy your fishing license is by visiting the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website The Outdoor Shop. Fill in the form, use your credit or debit card to pay the appropriate fee and you’ll get it! It is just that easy!

In person

The first step to buying your Pennsylvania fishing license in person is locating an authorized PFBC fishing license issuing agent. There are more than 1,000 of them in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Click on the appropriate area, and a list of agents appears. Visit the agent, pay your fees, and you’re off like a prom dress!

By mail

When choosing to buy your fishing license via the U.S. Postal Service, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission offers two alternatives both involve using your computer.

The first option allows you to fill in the form then print and mail it. The second way is to print, then fill it in with your pen and mail it. Whichever you choose, be sure to send a mail with your check or money order for the appropriate amount with your completed form. That’s all!

The process is quite simple. You’ll complete in no time. Now get out and go fishing! Maybe I’ll see you on the Monongahela River somewhere.

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