California anglers can now purchase 2021 fishing licenses and related items directly through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website or authorized license agents. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, license sales counters at CDFW offices remain temporarily closed to the public.
The cost of a 2021 annual resident fishing license has been set at $52.66, while a one-day license will cost $17.02.
For the first time, anglers have the option to sign up for auto-renewal of their annual sport fishing licenses, report cards and validations.
“More than a million anglers purchase annual licenses to fish California waters and for many of them, this will be a welcome feature,” said Josh Morgan, chief of CDFW’s License and Revenue Branch. “Signing up for auto-renewal helps ensure that you won’t end up on the water with an expired license.”
Anglers must enroll in the auto-renewal program through CDFW’s online sales website. License agents cannot enroll customers in the auto-renewal program, but customers who make purchases in person from license agents can go online later and enroll themselves.
Not all CDFW products for sale are eligible for auto-renewal at this time, although the feature will be expanded to other items in the future. For more information and a complete list of items available for auto-renewal, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions about auto-renewal on CDFW’s website.