Before purchasing a recreational license or permit...
Please make sure you understand what qualifies as Florida residency and that you have read the exemptions to determine if you really need a license or permit. If hunting, make sure you have met the hunter safety requirement.
Annual recreational hunting and fishing licenses and permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase or the alternate starting date if selected at the time of purchase, unless otherwise specified on the face of the license.
Purchase Your License Online Now or scroll down this page for other other options.
Note: Lifetime and Military Gold Sportsman's licenses may be purchased only at tax collectors' offices, except that you may purchase a Lifetime license online if you are age 16 or older and have a valid Florida Driver License or Identification Card that is at least 6 months old. Additional documentation is required for other children.
Tarpon Tags are only available at select county tax collector offices. Call the local tax collector's office to see if they sell them.
Before Applying for Quota/Limited Entry Hunt Permits...
PRINT the worksheet for the hunt(s).
- READ the instructions on the worksheet.
- FILL OUT the worksheet.
- Apply online or take your completed worksheet to the county tax collector's office or any license agent and they will apply for you.
If you have a major credit card, the FWC offers you 2 ways to buy your hunting or fishing license without leaving your home.
You can also use the online license page to locate retail agents, such as sporting goods stores or other retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment, and county tax collectors' offices that sell recreational licenses and permits for residents and nonresidents.
A fishing or hunting license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity. When ordering online or by phone, you'll have a temporary license or "print number" that will be good for 30 days from the date of purchase, enabling you to hunt (in season) or fish on the date your license starts. Warning: print or write down the "print number" and have it with you when you are fishing or hunting.
If you purchase a short-term license (3 or 7-day, for example) less than 7 days before the start date of your license, your temporary license or "print number" will serve as your license, otherwise your annual or longer term license will be mailed within 48 hours.
Note: Recreational Vessel, Pier and Charter Captain/Boat licenses are available at tax collector's offices only.
Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fish Licenses
Hunting | Limited Entry/Quota Permit | Freshwater Fishing | Saltwater Fishing | Lifetime Licenses | Wildlife Management Area Permit | Military Gold
Prices listed on this website include a tax collector's fee. In addition to the cost of a license or permit, the license or permit vendor may charge an issuance fee of 50¢.