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Apply In-Person:

  1. To Apply for a Fishing License, the applicant has to approach the Directorate of Fisheries Resources link
  2. An application form will be provided to the applicant by the concerned officer.
  3. The applicant has to fill in all the necessary details in the application form. (Incomplete applications are not accepted)
  4. Make sure that the applicant has attached all the necessary documents that are mentioned in the “Required Documents” section of this page.
  5. The applicant has to attach the photocopies of the required documents along with the application form while submitting.
  6. Submit all the documents with the completed form to the concerned officer.
  7. The applicant has to pay the prescribed fee as requested by the authority.
  8. After receiving the application, the concerned authority will check the submitted application and document set. If all are in place, the application will be accepted.
  9. All applications are processed within a reasonable time, having regard to the particular circumstances of each application, including the completeness of information and documents submitted to the authority by the applicant.
  10. The authority may seek additional information from an applicant if this is necessary to assess the application. The authority does not need to deal further with an application until the applicant has provided this additional information.
  11. Once everything is accepted the authority will issue the license.
  12. This entire process can be completed within 15- 30 days or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of identification, such as a valid driver's license, passport, or government-issued identification card.
  • Residency Proof (This could include a utility bill, lease agreement, or any official document that shows the address)
  • Proof of age (This can be done with a birth certificate, driver's license, or passport)
  • Recent passport-sized photographs
  • Fishing Education or Safety Certificate (If Applicable)
  • Additional Requirements: Depending on the specific fishing regulations in your area, additional documents may be required. For example, if you are applying for a commercial fishing license, you may need to provide business documents and permits.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Directorate of Fisheries Resources
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
P.O Box 102, Entebbe Plot 16-18,
Lugard Avenue, Entebbe Uganda.
Email: [email protected]
Contact link


  • Any person who intends to apply for a fishing license is eligible to make this application.


  • The applicant has to pay the prescribed fee as per the authority’s request.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

  • The entire process can be completed within 15 - 30 days or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.
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external websites.
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  • Applicants must complete the application form before submitting it. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must provide genuine information while applying for this procedure.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the local council
  • Name of the applicant
  • Address
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Marital status

Need for the Document[edit]

  • A fishing license is a legal permit or authorization issued by a government agency that allows individuals to engage in recreational or commercial fishing activities within a specified jurisdiction. Fishing without a valid license is offensive and punishable.

Information which might help[edit]

  • Fishing licenses help regulate and manage fishing activities to ensure the sustainable use and conservation of fish populations and aquatic ecosystems. They help prevent overfishing and protect vulnerable species by setting catch limits, size restrictions, and fishing seasons.
  • Fishing licenses often serve as a source of revenue for government agencies responsible for managing fisheries and conserving natural resources. The fees collected from fishing licenses are typically used to fund research, habitat restoration, enforcement efforts, and educational programs related to fisheries management.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Place some external links which might help.


  • Fishing licenses enable authorities to collect valuable data on fishing activities. This data, including catch statistics, angler demographics, and fishing locations, provides critical information for scientific research, stock assessments, and the development of effective fisheries management strategies. It helps improve understanding of fish populations, migration patterns, and ecosystem dynamics, leading to more informed decision-making.
  • Fishing licenses facilitate the enforcement of fishing regulations. By requiring anglers to obtain a license, authorities can monitor fishing activities, detect illegal practices, and take appropriate enforcement actions against violators. This helps deter illegal fishing, protect sensitive areas, and maintain compliance with established fishing rules, ensuring the sustainability of fisheries for future generations.