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How to Purchase

Licenses, license packages, endorsements and tags, unless otherwise noted, may be purchased at approximately
1,700 locations statewide where licenses are sold. Many licenses may be purchased by phone or online with approved Visa, Discover, or MasterCard. Call (800) TX-LIC-4-U (800-895-4248) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Saturday, Sunday and most holidays). Licenses are NOT refundable.

A valid fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater endorsement is required to take fish, mussels, clams, crayfish or other aquatic life in the public waters of Texas. A hunting license is required to take turtles and frogs.

The first Saturday in June of each year is the annual Free Fishing Day and no person is required to have a fishing license while fishing on that day.

A fishing license is not required if fishing from the bank in a state park or in waters completely enclosed by a state park. All other fishing regulations, such as length and bag limits, remain in effect.

Recreational anglers must have a Texas fishing license and saltwater endorsement to possess in state water any fish taken in federal waters (see Fishing in Federal Waters) or possess fish on a vessel in the tidal waters of Texas.

You do not need a fishing license/package if you: