Buying a Virginia Fishing License Online with PayPal

Fishing is a popular recreational activity in Virginia, with abundant freshwater and saltwater opportunities across the state. Anglers age 16 and older are required to have a current Virginia fishing license before casting a line in public waterways, with few exceptions. Thankfully, buying a license is now easier than ever through the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources’ (DWR) website and mobile app, Go Outdoors Virginia.

The platform allows you to purchase annual or short-term fishing licenses entirely online and checkout securely using PayPal. This article covers everything you need to know, from license types and exemptions to costs and the step-by-step process for buying your license with PayPal.

Overview of Virginia Fishing Licenses

Virginia offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses valid for different durations. Key things to note:

  • All anglers age 16 and older require a license to fish in public waters in Virginia. This includes both residents and non-residents.
  • Separate licenses cover freshwater and saltwater fishing. A saltwater license allows fishing in tidal waters and tributaries up to the fall line.
  • Short-term 1-day, 5-day, and 10-day licenses are available for non-residents.
  • Lifetime licenses are available for avid resident and non-resident anglers.

Exemptions exist for:

  • Children under 16
  • Residents over 65 (saltwater license still required)
  • Fishing on own private property
  • Holders of certain other permits

See the DWR website for full exemptions.

Buying Your License Online

The DWR recommends purchasing licenses online through the Go Outdoors Virginia website or mobile app. It allows 24/7 access and instant proof of licensing through electronic copies.

Follow these steps for easy online purchase:

  1. Visit or download app
  2. Create an account or log-in to existing account
  3. Select license type based on residency and fishing location
  4. Checkout with PayPal for quick, secure payment
  5. Print/save license to phone

PayPal Payment

PayPal is accepted when buying licenses through Go Outdoors Virginia. At checkout, you can conveniently pay using your PayPal account or debit/credit card without creating an account.

PayPal allows fast and hassle-free payment. It also enables easy license reprints later from your account dashboard.

License Types & Fees

License costs vary based on residency, duration, and fishing location. They can only be used by the person named on the license.

Virginia Residents

License Fee Duration
Freshwater $23 1 Year
Freshwater $44 2 Years
Freshwater $65 3 Years
Freshwater $125 5 Years


License Fee Duration
Freshwater $31 1 Year
Freshwater $21 5 Days
Freshwater $6 1 Day

Separate saltwater licenses are also available. See the DWR license fees page for a full breakdown.

Buying In-Person

Besides online purchases, licenses can also be bought in-person from hundreds of license agents, clerks, and some DWR offices across Virginia. Visit the license agent locator to find a seller near you.

In-person purchases generally only accept cash or check payments. PayPal is only available when buying online through Go Outdoors Virginia.

Key Reminders

Remember these crucial points when fishing in Virginia:

  • Carry license while fishing: Digital or paper copy.
  • Saltwater has separate license: Covers below the fall line.
  • Get required stamps: For National Forest and special trout waters.
  • Know your exemptions: Resident 65+ don’t need a saltwater license.

Enjoy Hassle-Free Fishing

Obtaining a Virginia fishing license is now easier than ever by purchasing online through the Go Outdoors Virginia website or app. PayPal acceptance makes buying a breeze, whether applying for the first time or renewing an existing license.

So don’t let licensing be a barrier to casting your line in Virginia’s abundant waters. Follow the guidance above to get a license with PayPal in just minutes from home. Then you can focus on the fishing!

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