You need a fishing rod licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eel with a rod and line in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland.
Start now on the Post Office website
You can choose what kind of licence you want, eg 1 day or 1 year.
You only need your name and address to buy or renew a fishing rod licence.
You can go fishing as soon as you have paid for your licence. Take your Post Office till or email receipt with you if you go fishing before your licence arrives in the post.
To change or replace a licence contact the Environment Agency.
Fishing in Scotland and Northern Ireland
You don’t need a fishing rod licence in Scotland, but you need permission.
You need to get either a licence or a permit to fish in Northern Ireland.
- Takes around 10 minutes
- Available in England and Wales only
- Debit or credit card required
In person or over the phone
You can buy your licence at any Post Office or call 0844 800 5386.
Contact the Environment Agency to set up a Direct Debit.
You can also send the Direct Debit form by post.
Your renewal payment will be taken from your account at the beginning of March each year.
Your new licence will be posted to you in April.
Buy a licence from abroad
You can buy your licence online. Use the UK address where you’re staying for the online registration.
You can use the confirmation email as proof of purchase if you don’t get the licence in the post in time for your visit.
For a concessionary licence call the Environment Agency on 044 3708 506 506.