Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License

Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License(residents only)

ada   In order to receive a no-cost Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License applicants must provide proof of residency and disability. Not all persons with disabilities will meet the criteria to receive the no-cost license. The license is not a disability accommodation but an economic accommodation for the segment of Florida's disabled population who typically can least afford to pay for the license. 

Licenses for non-residents and visitors

Renew and print your license online! - Use the application link at the bottom of this page.  To renew your license, you will need a copy of your current Social Security statement of benefits letter, your VA card, or other documentation and proof of residency (Florida drivers license or ID card, etc).

Lost your license?  Follow the link at the bottom of this page to access and print your replacement license.

What this license allows:

You may get this license in one of the following two versions:

  • Fishing Only - that provides the same coverage as having Saltwater Fishing* and Freshwater Fishing licenses and Snook and Lobster permit
  • Hunting and Fishing - that provides the same coverage as having Hunting, Saltwater Fishing* and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, Turkey and 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.

What this certification does NOT allow:

  • Use of a crossbow during the Archery Season without a Person's with disabilities crossbow permit
  • Taking antlerless deer outside the the established antlerless deer seasons without an Antlerless Deer Permit.
  • Participation in hunts where you must have quota permits as indicated by "(no exemptions)" under Quota Permit Information in individual WMA brochures Not a Mobile-Enabled Link. When hunting on public lands a limited entry permit may be required.
  • Waterfowl hunting without a federal duck stamp.
  • Possession of Tarpon without a Tarpon Tag.
  • Participation in the Public Statewide Alligator Hunt.
  • Hunting bear without a Bear Permit.

Requirements and conditions

  1. Applicant must be a resident of Florida (view the residency requirements)
  2. 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 - 1099 Form not accepted)
    • By being certified or determined to be totally and permanently disabled:
      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 100-percent, service-connected permanent and total disability identification card External Website issued under the provisions of s. 295.17
      4. For purposes of Florida workers' compensation under chapter 440 as verified by an order of a judge of compensation claims, OR
      5. For purposes of Florida workers' compensation under chapter 440 as verified by written confirmation by the carrier providing workers' compensation benefits, OR
      6. By the Railroad Retirement Board.

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 Not a Mobile-Enabled Link.


Information you must have available to apply for this permit

  1. Contact and identification information, including a daytime telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.
  2. Proof of residency and disability (see requirements and conditions listed above).
  3. E-mail address, if the applicant would like to receive notification of application approval or denial. If an e-mail address is not provided, the applicant may return to the application Website periodically to determine if the permit was approved.  If approved, the permit holder must print the certification. Permits will not be mailed by FWC.
  4. A printer and Adobe Reader. External Website

How to apply for this permit

  1. Click on the "Apply for Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License Now” button below. This will take you to a login screen.
  2. If you have previously applied online for an FWC special permit (AMP, SUV, MI, Antlerless Deer, Persons with Disabilities Crossbow Permit, Deer Dog Permit, Gun and Light at Night Permit, or currently hold a Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting and Fishing License), enter your username and password, or other identifying information.  If you have not applied online for an FWC special permit before, click on "Register Here" and enter the requested information to create your user account and continue.
  3. Complete the form and choose “Save and Continue” at the bottom to proceed. 
  4. Click the "Apply for New Permit" link.
  5. Complete each page providing the necessary information. Scan and upload the required documentation or you can fax/mail it to FWC (be sure to use the provided Cover Sheet found on page 3 of the online application).
  6. Your application will be reviewed by FWC.
  7. If you supplied an e-mail address, you will receive notification by e-mail of approval or denial of the application. If you are approved your permit will be available for you to "Self-Print". If you do not supply an e-mail address, you will need to return to the site periodically to check your status.
  8. If approved, login to the application site (by clicking the link below) and print the permit document, via the "View Document" button.
  9. Read and sign the permit document.
  10. Permit holders must reapply by submitting an application, proof of Florida Residency and their qualifying documentation every two (2) to five (5) years depending on their qualifying authority.  Permit holders who have not renewed within three (3) years of their last expiration date will be purged from the system.



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.

Child Under 16 - Children under the age of 16 are not required to possess fishing or hunting license.

Apply for Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License Now External Website

Please submit renewal applications up to 30 days prior to the expiration date of your current Disability License.

If you have general questions or need help renewing your permit call 850-488-3641.


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