There are various kinds of Spanish fishing licences, depending on where you want to fish. Although the most popular one for shore fishing, we can also do the boat fishing licence, as well as the spear fishing licence. Processing times are typically 48-72 hours, once all the required documents are received.
Kinds of Spanish Fishing Licences for Shore Fishing in the Sea
Please note that the following class numbers are applicable in the Canary Islands. Depending on where you are in Spain, each government will assign a different class number, for the same kinds of fishing. When officers want to check a licence, they will look at the text next to the class. That way, there will be sure that you have the right licence, even if the licence was issued in a different region. Here are the most popular ones:
Sea Shore Fishing Licence (Class 3) – Most popular
The shore fishing licence is ideal for anyone who wants to fish from the shore, all along the Spanish coast. You can also fish from a boat, as long as you don’t do trolling. The boat has to sit in one place, and can never be in motion. This type of licence is also known as a “Class 3” licence.
Boat Fishing Licence (Class 1) – Trolling
The boat fishing licence is for anyone willing to fish from a boat, with trolling, along the Spanish coast. This type of licence is also known as a “Class 1” licence. Click here to read more about the boat fishing licence
Spear Fishing Licence for Scuba Divers (Class 2)
This type, known as “Class 2” licence is for divers who want to do spear-fishing without oxygen tanks. For this type of licence, it is mandatory to submit a Spanish doctor’s certificate, that specifically states that the person is fit for free diving (without tanks). We will need the original document. Photocopies or scanned copies won’t do. Please contact us before going for the medical check-up, so that we can give you the exact text that the doctor must print on the certificate. There are quick check-up clinics all across Spain where waiting times are very low. Just google “certificados médicos” and the nearest one will pop up in your search results. If everything on the medical certificate is right, the fishing authorities will issue the licence without any problem, within a couple of days.
If you are an all-rounder, and need two, or all three of the above, we can do it. The main difference between ordering them separately, and together, is that you save a few euros, and you get one licence instead of two or three. If you’re interested in getting this type of licence, please reach out to us.
Example of a Fishing Licence
Below is an example of a fishing licence. It is issued by the government of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and can be used to fish all along the Spanish coastline.