Licenses & Permits
Recreational License, Permit Information & Requirements
You may obtain most recreational hunting and fishing licenses and permits, including reprints and replacements, at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, tax collectors’ offices, license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). You must have a valid Florida Driver License or Florida ID Card to obtain resident licenses or permits online or by telephone. For purposes of hunting in Florida, a “resident” is defined as any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence as evidenced by a valid Florida driver license or identification card with both a Florida address and a Florida residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV). If the person does not have a Florida driver license or identification card on record with HSMV, a Florida voter information card, declaration of domicile, or homestead exemption may be used as proof of Florida residency.
Active duty military personnel stationed in Florida, including their spouses and dependent children residing in their households, are considered residents when purchasing hunting licenses regardless of how long they have lived in the state. Except as noted under License and Permit Exemptions, the following licenses and permits are required:
Required when taking or attempting to take game or furbearing animals (by methods other than trapping).
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take deer.
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take turkeys.
Migratory Bird Permit
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take ducks, geese, coots, common moorhens, gallinules, rails, snipes, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves.
Florida Waterfowl Permit & Federal Duck Stamp
Required, in addition to a hunting license and migratory bird permit, when taking or attempting to take ducks and geese.
Archery Season Permit
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during archery season.
Crossbow Season Permit
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during crossbow season.
Muzzleloading Gun Season Permit
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during muzzleloading gun season.
Management Area Permit
Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take wildlife on wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and some public small-game hunting areas. A management area permit is also an annual pass on wildlife management areas where FWC requires a daily use fee.
Limited Entry/Quota Permit
Required to hunt, or access for recreational purposes, some management areas during specified periods (see Limited Entry/Quota Permits on Public Hunting).
Required of anyone, except residents age 65 or older, when taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares and when selling furs to licensed fur dealers.
Wild hogs are not considered game animals, therefore, no license is required to take them—you need only landowner permission. A Feral Swine Dealer Permit issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (850-410-0900) is required to transport live wild hogs.
Please see Florida Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits on Deer Seasons & Bag Limits, Turkey Seasons & Bag Limits, Small Game & Furbearer Seasons & Bag Limits and Quail Seasons & Bag Limitsp for more information.
NOTE: In addition to a hunting license, management area permit and any other related permits, additional permits or tags may be required for all or parts of a season when hunting on a wildlife management area. These requirements vary by area. For specific details on permit requirements and exemptions, consult the WMA brochure for each area you wish to hunt. They are available only at MyFWC.com/WMAbrochures.
License & Permit Fees
In addition to the cost of licenses and permits specified in this section, license agents charge issuance fees for selling licenses and permits. For up-to-date license information, visit MyFWC.com/License. Hunters may use credit cards to purchase licenses and permits 24 hours a day at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). This enables hunters to obtain and use licenses immediately. Handling fees will apply on all Internet and telephone sales. License sales are nonrefundable.
License & Permit Exemptions
Exemptions from hunting licenses, Florida waterfowl permits, deer permits, turkey permits, management area permits, archery season permits, crossbow season permits, muzzleloading gun season permits and migratory bird permits are:
- Persons hunting in their county of residence on their homestead or homestead of their spouse or minor child; or minor child hunting on the homestead of their parents.
- Florida residents age 65 or older possessing proof of age and residency (a valid Florida Driver License or Florida ID Card meets this requirement) or a Florida Resident 65+ Hunting and Fishing License. Residents age 65 or older may obtain these complimentary hunting and fishing licenses at county tax collectors’ offices and at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
- Florida residents possessing a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License. Information for this license is available at MyFWC.com/ADA, and applications can be submitted at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.
- Florida residents in the U.S. Armed Services not stationed in Florida, while home on leave with orders for 30 days or less.
- Children under age 16 (also exempt from federal duck stamps).