It’s time to renew Delaware fishing licenses

Date Published: 
January 5, 2018

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that it’s time to purchase their 2018 Delaware fishing licenses, as 2017 licenses expired Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.

Anglers younger than 16 and residents 65 or older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware; however, they are still required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. License-exempt anglers also include non-resident boat-fishing license holders who do not have an individual license and individuals fishing on licensed boats who do not have an individual license. Some requirements differ for non-resident anglers.

Obtain the free FIN number by visiting or calling 1-800-432-9228, toll-free.

Delaware fishing licenses are sold online, at the licensing desk in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. For additional information on Delaware fishing licenses, call (302) 739-9918.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Dec. 18 and 24 made 1,485 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, issuing 10 citations. Officers responded to 31 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public.

Citations issued during the week include: hunting migratory waterfowl without required federal waterfowl stamp, possession of unlawfully taken Canada goose, failure to observe slow no wake, possession of drug paraphernalia, shooting within 15 yards of a public roadway and five citations for trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area.