Disabled Person License

A resident disability hunting and fishing license authorizes the holder to take or attempt to take or possess freshwater fish, marine fish and game consistent with State and Federal regulations.

Holders of a disability license are exempt from permit requirements, including the no-cost migratory bird permit and from making application for most quota hunt permits to hunt on a wildlife management area.

A disability license does not allow the holder those privileges found in the commercial fishing license, commercial or state trapping license, antlerless deer permits or the federal waterfowl stamp. A disabled person wishing to participate in these activities must also acquire the required permits for each of these activities.

All disability licenses, including replacement licenses, issued after January 1, 1997, will expire every two to five years depending on the qualifying authority and are no longer valid if the holder moves out of the State of Florida.

To receive a no-cost Resident Disabled Person's Hunting and Fishing License, applicants must provide proof of being totally and permanently disabled. Not all disabled persons 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 the disabled population who typically can least afford to pay for the license.

When applying, you must attach a copy of one of the following, which certifies the applicant as totally and permanently disabled:

  • Certification by the United States Railroad Retirement Board
  • Certification by the United States Veterans Administration or any branch of the United States Armed Forces
  • Florida Department of Veterans'  Affairs 100-percent, service-connected Disabled Veteran Identification Card (must have the statement "total and permanent disabled")
  • Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation
  • An order from a Judge of Compensation Claims
  • Written confirmation by the carrier providing Workers' Compensation benefits
  • Documentation of current (dated within the past 12 months) eligibility for Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration

Applicants also must attach proof of Florida residency as outlined on the application.