Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License

Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License

To obtain a Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, applicants must apply online, or at a local tax collector’s office, by providing proof of Florida residency and qualifying disability documentation. This license is a no-cost license that is not a disability accommodation, but an economic benefit for the segment of Florida’s disabled community that may not be able to afford the license privileges that are offered in this license. This license may be valid for 2 years or 5 years, depending on the qualifying documentation used when applying.

How to Apply:

1. Apply online:

  • Login to customer account at
    • Sign in using Date of Birth and last four digits of social security number and last name (as it appears on the FL Driver License), or FL Driver License number.
    • New users will need to enter their Date of the Birth and last four digits of their social security number, and last name. The user will then be prompted to enter their full SSN and create a new customer account.
  • Click on “Apply for a Disability License”
  • Complete the application by following the steps provided on the screen
    • Applicants will be required to provide proof of qualifying documents by uploading them to their online application, or submitting the documents to FWC via mail or fax.
  • Certify that all of the information provided is correct, and click “Submit Application”
  • FWC Staff will review the information provided and respond within 10 business days
  • Renewal applications may be submitted to FWC up to 30 days prior to expiration of the current license

2. Apply at a local Tax Collector Office:

  • Applicants will need to provide the Tax Collector clerk with proof of residency and qualifying disability documents
  • Note: Not all Tax Collector offices process these applications. Please contact the local office External Website for further information.

Requirements/How to Qualify:

  1. Applicant must be a resident of Florida (view the residency requirements) and provide a valid Florida Driver License or ID to apply online.  If the applicant does not have a Florida Driver License or ID card, he or she can provide proof of residency documentation at a local Tax Collector office.
  2. Applicant must meet one of the following eligibility criteria as identified in 379.353, F. S. by being:
    • Certified or determined to be disabled by the United States Social Security Administration - Note: documentation must be dated within the last 12 months and indicate you are currently receiving disability benefits. The annual Social Security Administration benefits letter is acceptable. The  1099 Form will not be accepted(License valid for 2 years if used when applying)
    • Certified or determined to be totally and permanently disabled (License valid for 5 years if used when applying):
      1. By the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor, OR
      2. By any branch of the United States Armed Forces, OR
      3. By holding a valid, service-connected permanent and total disability identification card External Website issued under the provisions of s. 295.17, OR
      4. For purposes of Florida workers' compensation under chapter 440 F.S., as verified by an order of a judge of compensation claims, OR
      5. For purposes of Florida workers' compensation under chapter 440 F.S., as verified by written confirmation by the insurance carrier providing workers' compensation benefits, OR
      6. By the Railroad Retirement Board.

License Privileges:

The Resident Persons with Disabilities License includes:

  • Saltwater Fishing*, Freshwater Fishing, and Hunting** licenses; Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery season, Muzzleloading Gun season, Crossbow season, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook, and Lobster permits.

 * Effective April 1, 2015, recreational anglers fishing from a private vessel in or on state waters of the Gulf of Mexico (excluding Monroe County) will be required to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey if they intend to harvest, attempt to harvest, or possess the following species: red and vermillion snapper, gag, black, and red grouper, gray triggerfish, amberjack, banded rudderfish, or almaco jack. Valid 12 months from the specified date, and must be renewed annually. No exemptions.

**Hunter Safety License Requirement - Persons born on or after June 1, 1975 may not be issued a license to hunt in Florida with the use of a firearm, gun (including a muzzleloading gun), bow or crossbow without first having successfully completed a hunter safety course.  Anyone who meets the above description must present a valid hunter safety certification card prior to being issued a hunting license or use the Hunter Safety Requirement Deferral. Anyone 16 years or older and born after May 31, 1975 may hunt under the supervision (within sight and sound) of a licensed hunter, 21 or older, without having to complete the state's hunter safety certification if they have elected to use the Hunter Safety Deferral option when applying for a hunting license.  For more information see Hunter Safety Mentoring Exemption.

Privileges NOT included in this license:

  • Use of a crossbow during the Archery Season without a Person's with disabilities crossbow permit
  • Taking antlerless deer outside of the established antlerless deer seasons without an Antlerless Deer Permit.
  • Waterfowl hunting without a federal duck stamp or a Migratory Bird Permit
  • Possession of Tarpon without a Tarpon Tag
  • Participation in the Public Statewide Alligator Hunt
  • Participation in the Bear Hunting Season without a Bear Permit
  • Participation in public lands Limited Entry/Quota hunts that do not allow for exemptions and a permit is required, as noted on the Limited Entry Hunts informational pages


  • Ages 65 or Older -If you are a Florida resident age 65 or older who has in your possession proof of age and residency (Florida Driver’s License or ID), you are not required to have fishing or hunting license
  • Ages 15 and under - Children under the age of 16 are not required to possess fishing or hunting license
Office of Licensing and Permitting P.O. Box 6150 Tallahassee FL 32314-6150

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