Purchase Costa Rica Fishing Licenses Online

Illustrated Guide for Buying Fishing License Online

Personal fishing licenses are required for visitors to Costa Rica who plan to go fishing. Not every member of a party will need to purchase a license, just those who plan to actually hold a rod and fight a fish. Non-anglers in a party who are along just for the ride are not required to purchase a license.

INCOPESCA now offers an online form to purchase these tourist fishing licenses. Since they do not offer an English version of the form, the following instructions will walk you through the process. There are 5 images below referring to different stages of the purchase process.

Clicking this link will open a new window or tab in your browser with the license purchase form. You may switch between windows or tabs to reference this page for instructions. Take a moment to click on the image below. Here you will see the form fields translated with explanations to assist you in filling out the form.

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Once you have filled out the form and clicked on the "Agregar solicitante" button, you should be taken to the second page where you can add additional members of your party, remove entries made in error, and begin the checkout process. If you are ready to check out, then make sure your first and last names are in the correct fields of the lower form, and that you have entered a telephone number without spaces or dashes. The dropdown menus with "San Jose" may be ignored. Please refer to the image below:

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The image below shows the checkout area where you will enter your card type (MC or VISA), the card number (no spaces or dashes), the CVV number from the back of your card and the expiration date (month in the dropdown menu and year in the text field (YYYY)). Please refer to the image below:

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With a successful Checkout process, you should see a receipt in the following window. For each of the licenses that you purchased, there will be a blue download link ("Descargar"). Click this link for each of the licenses you purchased to download your license in PDF form. Please see the image below:

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Print each of the PDF files you have downloaded, and bring the license with you when you go fishing.

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