Captive Wildlife Transport/Import Permit

The Captive Wildlife Transport/Import Permit is a multi-functional permit that is issued to authorize importation of non-native wildlife into Florida and/or for the temporary possession of wildlife in Florida. In accordance with Section 379.231, Florida Statutes, Regulation of non-native animals, states in part: (1) It is unlawful to import for sale or use, or to release within this state, any species of the animal kingdom not native to Florida unless authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Examples of such actions would be transfers between individuals, commercial wildlife dealers, zoos or other wildlife entities in other states to similar places licensed within Florida. The permit is valid for 45 days.

Persons visiting Florida from other states, who may wish to bring their wildlife pets into the state for short periods of time, must also complete this application. Those persons may need to provide copies of their state licenses or permits and/or proof of ownership and experience, depending on the species of wildlife that they possess. The permit is valid for a period of days, not to exceed 45, determined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Please mail the application at least two weeks in advance of the proposed transport/import date to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Captive Wildlife Office, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600. Applications may also be faxed to (850) 921-6283.

If you have any questions, please visit Ask FWC or contact the Captive Wildlife Office at (850) 488-6253.

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