FL hunters planning to catch game in the state must first purchase a Florida hunting license before heading out on a hunting trip in public wildernesses. Hunting licenses must be kept on a hunter’s person at all times while out catching game, along with a valid photo ID. Hunters found hunting without proper hunting license credentials may be charged with poaching violations which can result in a range of fees and penalties. State hunting permits are issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to both residents living in the state and non residents visiting from other states. Prior to completing the hunting license application process with the state wildlife department, hunters must first make sure to meet all pre-application hunting license requirements, including completing any hunting education courses that may be required. All hunters born after June 1, 1975 are required to complete a hunter education course before they can be cleared to buy hunting licenses for the first time. Subsequent license purchases do not require applicants to retake the hunting education course. Prospective hunters have a few options for completing hunting education courses, including online and traditional classroom formats, as well as through their schools (for high school students). Topics covered in hunter education courses include firearm safety, wildlife conservation and identification, hunting ethics and safety tips, as well as the various Florida hunting laws. Following completion of the course, applicants must provide proof of completion to wildlife department officials during the hunting license application process. Hunting licenses and their associated fees are divided into categories based on factors such as the applicant’s age, residency status, the length of the hunting license’s validity and the type of animal being hunted. To find out more about how to get hunting licenses in Florida, read the sections outlined below:
- Types of hunting licenses in Florida
- How to buy Florida hunting licenses
- Hunter education requirements in Florida
- How to replace lost hunting licenses in Florida
What types of hunting licenses are available in Florida?
Florida offers a variety of Florida hunting license options to both residents and non-residents. License classes are distinguished by factors such as the length of the hunting license’s validity, the age of the applicant and the type of animal being hunted. Hunting licenses in Florida are issued by the Florida FWC and include residential hunting licenses, non resident hunting licenses and youth hunting licenses. Additional hunting permits are available for hunters planning to catch particular species of game.
To buy hunting licenses in Florida, complete the hunting license application process and pay the appropriate hunting license fees.
How do I purchase hunting licenses in Florida?
The local wildlife department offers prospective hunters a number of ways to buy a hunting license in Florida, including: online, in person and over the phone. To buy hunting licenses online, visit the state’s online licensing system. To buy hunting licenses over the phone, call the state’s toll-free phone licensing service system. To buy hunting licenses in person, visit one of the many authorized licensing agents located throughout the state. Service charges apply to online and phone hunting license sales. Additionally, hunting license purchases not conducted in person require hunters to provide a major credit card to complete the purchase.
Prior to getting a recreational hunting license, applicants in certain demographics must meet the state wildlife department’s hunter education requirements.
Am I required to take any Florida hunting classes in order to purchase a hunting license?
Prospective hunters planning to buy a hunting license in Florida should first make sure they have met all hunter education requirements prior to completing the hunting license application process. All applicants born on or after June 1, 1975 must complete a state-approved hunter safety course. Applicants can complete course requirements in a number of manners, including online, in person and through the Florida Virtual School Outdoor Education program.
Traditional classroom courses require online registration. Hunting courses taking place in classrooms are free of charge and include a skill day that must be completed to receive certification. Online courses also include a skill day, though the bulk of course study and assignments can be completed in the convenience of the student’s home. Students must register for a skill day prior to registering for an online course. High school students who are in grades nine through 12 (must be between 12 and 18 years of age) are eligible to take hunter safety courses through the Florida Virtual School Outdoor Education program. Through this program, students can receive credit towards their high school graduation while also completing their hunting license education requirements.
Additionally, the state also offers a Firearms Safety Certification online course that is required to use firearms during a hunt. Hunting education courses discuss topics such as proper and safe firearm use, wildlife conservation and identification, hunting laws in Florida and wilderness survival tips.
Hunter safety certificates from out of state are also accepted when buying hunting licenses in Florida. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations to take the hunter safety course should contact their local wildlife department regional coordinator to discuss alternative options.
How do I replace a lost Florida hunting license?
Hunters can replace lost hunting licenses in Florida by visiting the online licensing system. Once logged in, hunters can then reprint a copy of their original license using their home printer. For hunters who do not have an online account or do not have access to a computer and printer, the wildlife department also offers replacement hunting licenses through any of the numerous authorized licensing agents located throughout the state. Replacement hunting licenses purchased in person are available for a small fee. Additionally, Florida has also developed a smartphone app that hunters can use to display an electronic version of their hunting license if asked.