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Saltwater Information Program - SIP

If you fish in saltwater, you need a SIP permit - it's FREE!

We are relying on the participation of you and your fellow saltwater anglers for this critical information need. 

What Will SIP Do? Why Do I Need This FREE Permit?

The SIP permit is part of a comprehensive effort by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to collect timely and accurate data from saltwater anglers for use in resource management. Other Saltwater Information Program activities include volunteer fish tagging, a fish carcass donation project, and ongoing creel surveys of anglers and fishing guides.   

Since Georgia's fishing license covers both freshwater and saltwater fishing, the SIP permit helps identify individuals who saltwater fish in Georgia so they can be included in catch and effort surveys. The SIP permit will help these surveys to be cost-effective, and the results to be as accurate and trustworthy as possible since they are so important to the management process. Georgia’s saltwater anglers can help by complying with this requirement and by participating in these surveys when contacted. 

The SIP permit is patterned after the successful free Hunter Information Program (HIP) permit, which is required of Georgia hunting license holders who hunt migratory birds. 

Georgia saltwater anglers who have a valid fishing license with a SIP permit and who fish in the Atlantic Ocean beyond 3 miles offshore remain exempt from the federal requirement to have a Saltwater Angler Registry permit. 

Questions? SIP Permit Frequently Asked Questions

Get your FREE SIP Permit


Anyone who holds a Georgia fishing license, including lifetime and senior license holders, who wants to fish in saltwater needs a FREE, annual SIP permit.

SIP permits are valid for a 12-month period starting March 1 and expiring on the last day of February of the following year.


To Get Your SIP Permit

Obtain it from any current license vendor

Find a License Agent in your area.

Obtain it over the phone

call 1-800-366-2661- (M - F from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat - Sun from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Download via the internet 

Online License System for Georgia DNR - GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com

Here you can buy a license, print a replacement, or obtain a this free permit.

For Lifetime or Senior License Holders

If you have a lifetime or senior license, you will be able to print a paper version of the SIP permit and carry it when you saltwater fish in Georgia 

Still Have Questions?

SIP Permit Frequently Asked Questions

 2015 Saltwater Information Program Update