In Pennsylvania, anyone who sells fishing licenses or permits must obtain a Pennsylvania Fishing License Agent Bond. This is a type of surety bond required by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) to ensure that agents comply with all state laws and regulations regarding the sale of fishing licenses. The bond ensures the commission that the bondholder will abide by the law and pay all taxes due to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Fishing License Bond

How to Get a Pennsylvania Fishing License Bond

At we make it easy to obtain this surety bond. Our simple, three step process is:

  1. Complete the easy to navigate and secure online application1
  2. Review the free, no obligation quote from one of Surety1’s professional surety bond agents, usually within one business day.
  3. Sign some paperwork and pay the bond premium

Once these steps have been completed, the Surety Bond will be shipped to the bond applicant. The cost of the bond is usually between 1% and 3% of the bond amount, subject to a minimum premium and fees of $150 to$250. Surety1 will shop its many markets to procure the right price at the right terms.
1 -The name of the applicant on the surety bond application must match exactly the full legal business name of applicant for the license. is a service of AssuredPartners one of the largest and fastest growing insurance agencies in the nation. Representing over a dozen surety bond companies, is the premier online provider of surety bonds nationwide since 2003.

What is the surety bond amount?

The amount of the bond varies. The minimum amount is $6,000.

The bond amount can be higher depending on the following factors:

  • The combined value of the two highest EFT drafts during the opening of the draft season.
  • The replacement cost of the PALS equipment.
  • The value of any boat launch permits, if applicable.

Steps on how to become a Pennsylvania fishing licensee agent:

  1. Complete the Pennsylvania Fishing License Issuing Agency Application (PFBC-L-114). This application can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) website.
  2. Obtain a Pennsylvania Fishing License Agent Bond from a surety company that is licensed to do business in Pennsylvania. The bond must be payable to the PFBC.
  3. Submit a completed Fishing License Issuing Agent Agreement to the PFBC. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions of your appointment as a fishing license agent.
  4. Complete the Pre-Fishing License Purchase Checklist and submit it to the PFBC. This checklist ensures that you have all of the necessary information to sell fishing licenses.
  5. Obtain a Pennsylvania Automated License Systems (PALS) account. PALS is the system that you will use to sell fishing licenses online. You can create a PALS account online or by calling the PFBC.
  6. Purchase the necessary fishing license blanks and other supplies from the PFBC.
  7. Pass the PFBC Fishing License Agent Exam. This exam tests your knowledge of Pennsylvania fishing laws and regulations. You can take the exam at any PFBC Regional Office.
  8. Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will be able to start selling fishing licenses. You will be required to keep accurate records of all sales and to remit all taxes and fees to the PFBC on a regular basis.

Failure to comply with the PFBC’s regulations can result in fines or suspension of your license. You may also be held liable for any damages incurred by the PFBC as a result of your non-compliance.

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How to Get Your Pennsylvania Fishing License Bond

  1. Complete an online application. It’s free and no-obligation.
  2. One of our surety experts will contact you with a firm quote and an agreement to sign.
  3. Provide payment and your signed agreement, and then you will receive your Surety Bond!

If you have any questions, please call us at 877-654-2327.

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