Hunting & Fishing Exemptions

  • Any individual who is under 16 years of age.
  • A Florida resident saltwater fishing for recreational purposes from land or a structure fixed from land – a pier, bridge, dock, or similar structure.
  • Florida residents 65 years old or older and you possess either a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate, or proof of age and residency.
  • Military personnel who are residents of Florida and are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less and have valid orders in their possession.
  • Any individual fishing from a boat that has been issued a vessel saltwater fishing license.
  • Individuals fishing in their home county with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with reel or other line retrieval mechanisms for noncommercial purposes. (NOTE: This does not apply in Fish Management Areas)
  • Persons hunting in their county of residence on their homestead or the homestead of their spouse or minor child, or any minor child hunting on the homestead of their parent.
  • Florida residents certified as totally and permanently disabled, who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.
Hunting and Fishing Exemption Information

Disabled Person Exemptions for Hunting and Fishing License

A disabled person who is a resident of the State of Florida may obtain an application for a resident disability hunting and fishing license from the Tax Collector’s office or at by clicking the button below. This permit is free.

To qualify for a resident disability hunting and fishing license, a disabled person must present proof of residency and a certification of total and permanent disability by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), any branch of the armed services or a Notice of Award from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for Supplemental Security Income or Supplemental Security Disability Income Benefits.

A resident disability hunting and fishing license authorizes the holder to take or attempt to take or possess freshwater fish, marine fish and game consistent with State and Federal regulations.

Disability Exemption Update
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Senior Citizen Exemptions for Hunting and Fishing License Exemptions

Residents age 65 or older may obtain, at no cost, complimentary hunting and fishing licenses from county tax collectors’ offices.

Residents of the State of Florida age 65 or older may carry proof of their age and residency, such as a drivers license or voter registration card in lieu of a Complimentary License.

Senior citizen hunting and fishing licenses are optional for non-commercial purposes and do not include the Federal Duck Stamp.