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South Carolina fishing licenses due for renewal

The new year for fishing licenses began July 1 in South Carolina, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources is offering more ways for anglers to get licensed.

That includes saltwater fishing licenses, which have been required for the past two years for those fishing from beaches and piers.

HOW DO I GET A LICENSE?

The DNR online licensing site -- dnrlicensing.sc.gov/DNRLicensing/EntryPage.aspx -- allows applications for temporary, annual and three-year licenses. Applicants can print their licenses from their computers after payment is confirmed, according to a DNR news release.

Anglers can also obtain licenses at one of more than 500 vendors. A list of vendors can be found at www.dnr.sc.gov/license/licenseag or by calling the license office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 803-734-3833.

Fishing licenses can also be obtained by calling toll-free at 1-866-714-3611. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, the release said.

WHO NEEDS A LICENSE?

With some exceptions, anyone 16 or older fishing in fresh water and salt water in South Carolina must have a fishing license. That includes those angling from the beach.

WHAT'S THE COST?

The state requires separate licenses for freshwater and saltwater fishing, each of which costs $10 a year for residents and $35 for nonresidents. The state also offers 14-day licenses -- $5 for residents, $11 for nonresidents -- as well as three-year licenses and, in some cases, lifetime licenses. A full list of license pricing can be found at www.dnr.sc.gov/licenses/pricing.html.

SPECIAL LICENSE FOR SENIORS?

Those 64 or older who have been South Carolina residents for at least 180 consecutive days may apply for a senior lifetime license. The 180 days must be immediately prior to submitting an application for the license. The license includes hunting and fishing privileges and does not expire. The cost is $9.

Applications for lifetime hunting and fishing licenses are available online at www.dnr.sc.gov/licensing or in the DNR Rules & Regulations publication.

ANY MILITARY PRIVILEGES?

Military personnel stationed in South Carolina are eligible for resident fishing and hunting licenses, permits and tags.

Military personnel who are state residents stationed outside of the state and home on leave will be allowed to fish or hunt without a fishing or hunting license by showing official furlough or leave papers, according to DNR.

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