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Welcome to
The fishing license
system

Angling license

If you fish with a rod, you are an angler and must have an angling license. (excluding children under 18 and pensioners).

Buy angling license

Recreational fishing license

If you fish with nets, gillnets or similar gear, then you are a recreational fisherman - and must have a recreational fishing license.

Buy license

Renew your license

Have you previously bought a fishing license that needs to be renewed? You can do this here.

Renew fishing license
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The angling license is mandatory, unless you are:

  • Persons under 18
  • National pensioners
  • If you fish with nets, ruses or the like, then you are a recreational fisherman and must have a recreational fishing license.
Buy angling license

Which fishing license? Angler or recreational angler?

There are 2 types of fishing licenses - Angling licenses and Recreational fishing licenses

Angler

If you are fishing with light hand gear, you must have a fishing license. Hand tools are, for example, fishing rods, jigs and harpoons - tools that you actively fish with.
Who should not have angling licenses?

  • Persons under 18 years
  • Persons who have obtained the right to a national pension
  • Recreational fishermen who have a valid recreational fishing license
  • The owner and the rest of the household for the reason closest to the fresh water being fished in.
  • Anglers fishing in "put and take" lakes (trout lakes).

The fishing license is personal and may not be used by others - not even by people in the family or people who have the same address.

Recreational fisherman

If you fish with gear such as nets, gillnets and hooks, you must have a recreational fishing license. The gear fishes passively without you having to be present.

To be a recreational fisherman you must:

  • Be 12 years of age or older (there is no upper age limit)
  • Have permanent residence in Denmark, unless you come from an EU country, Iceland or Norway and have a closer connection to Denmark, for example due to work in this country.

You must have a recreational fishing license, even if you have obtained the right to a national pension.

The fishing license is personal and may not be used by others - not even by people in the family or people who have the same address.

Pay control fee

If you have received a control fee, you must pay the control fee before you can fish again.

Pay control fee

Activate license

If you have bought a fishing license from a retailer of fishing licenses, you can activate it here.

Activate license

Frequently
asked
questions

There are 2 types of fishing licenses - Angling licenses and Recreational fishing licenses

Angler

If you are fishing with light hand gear, you must have a fishing license. Hand tools are, for example, fishing rods, jigs and harpoons - tools that you actively fish with.

Who should not have angling licenses?

  • Persons under 18 years
  • Persons who have obtained the right to a national pension
  • Recreational fishermen who have a valid recreational fishing license
    The owner and the rest of the household for the reason closest to the fresh water being fished in.
  • Anglers fishing in "put and take" lakes (trout lakes).

The fishing license is personal and may not be used by others - not even by people in the family or people who have the same address.

Recreational fisherman

If you fish with gear such as nets, gillnets and hooks, you must have a recreational fishing license. The gear fishes passively without you having to be present.

To be a recreational fisherman you must:

  • Be 12 years of age or older (there is no upper age limit)
  • Have permanent residence in Denmark, unless you come from an EU country, Iceland or Norway and have a closer connection to Denmark, for example due to work in this country.

You must have a recreational fishing license, even if you have obtained the right to a national pension.

The fishing license is personal and may not be used by others - not even by people in the family or people who have the same address.

More information

  • In salt water on Danish fishing territory
  • Natural fresh waters - with the owner's permission. If you are fishing with gear, the gear must be marked with the name, address and cadastral number of the property that has the right to fish.
  • Canals, ditches and the like, which are created by humans but which are part of natural streams.

Be aware that there are many places where you are not allowed to fish. This may be due to protection belts, rules on distance or there is a local angling or sport fishing association / club which has the right to fish. And there are areas where fishing is completely banned.

More information:

Angling license for fishing with light hand tools such as rod:

  • 1 year - DKK 185. Valid for 1 year from the date of payment
  • 1 week - DKK 130. Write which period on the card
  • 1 day - DKK 40. Write which day on the card

For day and week cards, you can choose a different validity day or period than the day you pay. This day, or for weekly short period start, can be a maximum of 30 days after the payment date. You must write the selected day or period on the sign before you start fishing.
Annual card is valid from the date of payment, or 1 year in extension of the angling license's current validity period.

Recreational fishing license for fishing with gear such as nets, gillnets and hooks costs DKK 300 for 1 year from the date of payment, or 1 year in extension of the recreational fishing license's current validity period. You can also use the recreational fishing license as an angling license.

The income from the sale of fishing licenses goes to fish care through releases, restoration and the like of streams and lakes as well as measures and research that are otherwise important for reproduction, growth, etc. of fish stocks. The funds are thus for the benefit of the fish, and it provides better opportunities for good fishing for anglers, recreational fishermen, beekeepers and commercial fishermen.

The income is approx. DKK 30 million per year. They are administered by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Danish Fisheries Agency, in close collaboration with the Danish Fisheries Research Institute and the fisheries organizations.

More information:

Fisketegn.dk

The easiest and cheapest way is to buy your fishing license here at www.fisketegn.dk

Outlets

There's about 200 outlets where you can buy fishing licenses. These are, for example, tourist offices, campsites, fishing sports shops and the like. Some outlets charge a fee on top of the price.

More information:

The information from your payment card will be checked. We will then send a receipt for the completed purchase to the e-mail address which may be stated together with the other user information. It happens immediately after the purchase.

If there is an error and the purchase can therefore not be completed, you will be notified of the error immediately. You will also be instructed on how to correct the error.

The fishing license sign states the fishing number that you must bring with you when you fish, together with identification. Once you have the number, you can go fishing.

If you have chosen to order a plastic fishing license, it will be sent to the address you have provided, within approx. 14 days. It is completely voluntary if you want to buy a plastic card. If you are checked, simply provide your fishing number and show identification. If you provided your CPR number when you purchased the sign, you can provide this instead of the fishing number.

It is a good idea to get a plastic card. It's easy and convenient to carry - and then you're sure to be able to remember your fishing number.

The amount is usually deducted from your account on the business day after you pay.

Once you have purchased a one-year fishing license, you can subsequently use the fishing license number as your username and the self-selected password if you want to log in to the fishing license page.

You change the password by selecting "change password" in the sidebar. The password is changed when the update is pressed.

If your fishing license has expired, you can keep your fishing license number by renewing your angling license or recreational fishing license. You can also extend it before it expires.

STEP 1 Click "login" in the menu bar
STEP 2 Enter your fishing number or log in with NemID / MitID
STEP 3 Enter your self-selected password
STEP 4 You will see a status of your information (address, last payment, etc.)

You can now extend your fishing license. If it has not expired and it is an annual card, you can extend it directly after the expiration date. For day and week signs, you can also choose another date, which is no later than 30 days after the day you buy your fishing sign.

You can renew your fishing license even if it has expired. You can do this for up to 5 years after it has expired. If you renew the sign, you do not need to change the fishing number.

When you buy fishing licenses on fisketegn.dk, we register this information:

  • First name and last name
  • Address information
  • Email address
  • CPR number - if you have provided it

As a public authority, the Danish Fisheries Agency may pass on your information to other authorities to the extent that there is a legal authority for this or your consent to this.

In some cases, your information may also be passed on to our external data processors. This only applies to data processors who process your information on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions. In special cases, we can hand over your information to research institutions etc. for research and statistical purposes.

We process your personal data at all times in accordance with the principles of the data protection rules. Read more about this in our data protection policy

You can use these credit cards when you buy fishing licenses:

  • Dankort
  • VISA/Dankort
  • VISA
  • VISA Electron
  • Eurocard
  • Mastercard
  • JCB
  • Mobile Pay
  • PayPal
  • Maestro

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