Statewide Alligator Hunt Permit

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There is a new application process for 2015. Please read this important information:

 A statewide alligator hunt permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program.Not a Mobile-Enabled Link Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific Harvest Units and dates.

Each year, alligator management units are established with appropriate harvest quotas to provide recreational opportunities for Floridians and non-residents to take up to 2 alligators per permit. Applicants who are awarded a permit must submit payment for two CITES tags and an Alligator Trapping License, or provide proof of possession of an Alligator Trapping License valid through the end of the alligator harvest season. A Florida hunting license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt.

2015 Season

  • Cost (All Sales are Final, No Refunds):
    • There is no cost to apply
    • $272 for Resident Alligator Trapping License (includes 2 CITES tags),
    • $1,022 for Non-Resident Alligator Trapping License (includes 2 CITES tags),
    • $62 for 2 CITES tags only (must have Alligator Trapping License)
    • Resident Disabled License holders who are awarded permits must pay $62 for 2 CITES tags and will be provided an Alligator Trapping License at no additional cost.  Those customers with a valid FWC Resident Disability License must otherwise have a  Disabled Resident Alligator Trapping Agent License to assist with or otherwise participate in such activities. 
  • Requirements: You must be 18 years old by Aug. 15 to apply.
  • Issuance Method: Statewide Alligator Harvest Program permits are issued by a random drawing during the first 3 phases and on a first come first served basis in the Leftover Phase.  Customers who were successful in the Phase I lottery, whether they claimed the permit by the deadline or not, will not be able to apply in Phase II. Once the drawing is conducted, successful applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (See Application Dates & Deadlines below) in Phase I will be available in Phase II. Permits not purchased by the deadline in Phase II will be available in Phase III.  All applicants are eligible to apply in Phase III even if they were awarded a permit in the previous two phases. During the Leftover Phase permits will be available to any customer that wishes to apply for them. They will be issued on a first-come first-served basis until the leftover permits are sold out.
  • Exemptions: You must have an Alligator Trapping License or an Alligator Trapping Agents License to participate in these hunts, except that agents 15 years old or younger are not required to be licensed. Non-participating passengers in a boat with alligator trappers are not required to be licensed.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Statewide Alligator Hunt application and receive up to one permit in Phase I or Phase II. You can only apply in Phase II if you have not already been awarded a Statewide Alligator hunt permit during Phase I. You may receive up to 5 permits in Phase III, including those permits awarded in Phase I or Phase II. Successful applicants in Phase I and II must purchase their permit by the deadline. Any permits not purchased by the deadline will be forfeited and reissued in following phase. A person can be awarded up to 10 permits, cumulatively, across all phases. No person who has been convicted of any violation of s. 379.409 or s. 379.3015 or the rules of the commission relating to the illegal taking of crocodilian species shall be eligible for issuance of a license for a period of 5 years subsequent to such conviction. In the event such violation involves the unauthorized taking of an endangered crocodilian species, no license shall be issued for 10 years subsequent to the conviction. Any false statement will render the permit void, and will subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable law. At the end of the hunting season, unused tags must be returned and/or alligator harvest reports must be submitted. Failure to comply, may result in exclusion from participation in the statewide alligator program for a period of one year.
  • Groups: Group applications are not allowed for this permit type. Each permit allows the permit holder to have an unlimited number of alligator trapping agents and alligator trapping license holders assist in the attempt to take.
  • Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
  • Transferability: Statewide Alligator Hunt permits are NOT transferable.
  • Guest Permits: A Statewide Alligator Hunt permit holder may have as many assistants as you like, however, the permit holder must be present on the hunt and each assistant must either hold a valid Alligator Trapping License (for any harvest unit) or Alligator Trapping Agent License. Agents can purchase an Alligator Trapping Agent license for $52 anywhere licenses are sold. Non-participating passengers in a boat with alligator trappers are not required to be licensed.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about one week after the end of the application period. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, you will notified by email.
  • Reprints: These permits can only be replaced by the FWC Office of Licensing and Permitting upon written request by the permit holder. You will need to allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit and tags. Receipts, temporary license numbers and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Statewide Alligator Hunt permit.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office. Residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID cannot use the online system to apply as a resident. If you want to apply as a resident and do not have a Florida driver license or Florida ID, you must apply at a license agent or tax collector and show an alternate proof of residency. Your residency status is established at the time of application and that residency status will be used throughout the issuance process.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I or II, random drawings, you can pay your permit fee online, at a license agent, or tax collector office. Your Alligator Trapping License and tags will be mailed to you. Permits issued in Phase I and not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered for sale in Phases II. Permits issued in Phase II not purchased by the deadline will be forfeited and offered for sale in Phase III.  All applications made in Phase III will require a valid credit card to be entered at the time of application.  If you are drawn for the permit the card on file will be charged at that time.  Permits received during the Leftover Phase will require payment to be made at the time of purchase. Please allow several weeks to receive your permit and tags in the mail. If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print or save your receipt directly from the website. All sales are final and we will not be offering any refunds.

Application Dates & Worksheet 

Phase I: Random Drawing
Application Period: April 20-30, 2015
Permit Pickup Deadline: May 14, 2015
Phase II: Random Drawing
Application Period: May 18-28, 2015
Permit Pickup Deadline: June 11, 2015
Phase III: Random Drawing (New Phase)
Applications: June 15-25, 2015
Results Posted: June 29, 2015
Leftovers Phase:  Immediate Issuance
July 1, 2015 at 10am est until sold out

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