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Buy your freshwater fishing license

If you're 15 or older, you need a fishing license. Licenses are free for residents ages 15–17 and age 70 and above. Your license purchases support conservation, stocking, and improved fishing access.
All fishing licenses are valid from the date purchased until the end of the calendar year


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Buy your license using MassFishHunt. If you use a smartphone to renew your fishing license, you can also download and display it on your phone, instead of printing a copy.

You can also buy your freshwater fishing license in person at license agent locations, which include:

  • Select retail stores — Most stores can accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • MassWildlife offices — These offices can only accept cash or checks.

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You must bring your license with you when fishing. You can either bring a paper copy or be prepared to display a true, complete, and legible image of your license on your smartphone if an official asks you to. If you buy your license in person, you will receive a paper copy at the time of your purchase. If you buy your license online, you can print your own copy.

Why are there license fees?

You're not just buying a license, you're supporting conservation! Fees from license sales support statewide conservation efforts, habitat restoration, research, fish stocking, and public access to fishing opportunities for generations to come.

Residents with disabilities

If you are blind, have an intellectual disability, or have paraplegia and are applying for a license for the first time, you must:

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
ATTN: Licensing
100 Cambridge Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Your license will be mailed to you. After you have applied the first time, you can renew and print your license online without submitting another form.

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