When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. This applies when:
The fees are:
You can purchase your recreational licence:
If purchasing your fishing licence online, please ensure you are using one of the following browsers:
There are several exemptions from paying the recreational fishing licence fee. Read our Recreational fishing licence fee exemptions page for more information on these.
All money raised by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is placed into the Recreational Fishing Trusts and spent on improving recreational fishing in NSW. These trusts are regulated by law and overseen by two committees made up of recreational fishers - one for saltwater and one for freshwater.
If you pay for a one year or three year recreational fishing licence period online, over the phone, at a Touch agent or if you renew your licence using your renewal letter, you will receive a plastic receipt in the post. Evidence of payment is your receipt number, which must be able to be produced if requested by an authorised officer (until you receive your receipt in the post).
If you pay for a three day or one month period, no receipt will be posted.
Your fishing receipt must be carried whilst fishing.
You can now link your NSW fishing fee receipt digitally on your smartphone.
Please note: A current email address and mobile number must to be listed on the NSW Fisheries data base for any fisher to successfully link their fishing fee receipt digitally with the My Service NSW application. The same email and mobile number must be used for the My Service NSW application.
If you need to update these details, please call DPI Fisheries first on: 02 4424 7499 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and advise your current email address and mobile phone number. It takes approximately 1 hour for these details to update once the amendment has been finalised.
If your recreational fishing licence fee receipt has been lost or stolen, you can request a replacement by completing the application form for a replacement (PDF, 35.82 KB). You will be charged a $8.00 processing fee for plastic card replacements.