Veterans and Active Military Information

The Lee County Tax Collector

The Lee County Tax Collector holds our veterans and active military in the highest esteem. As such, we provide significant tax exemptions to those who have served in the armed forces.

Business Tax Fee Exemptions

As a current or previous member of the armed forces, you may be eligible for an exemption of the Local Business Tax fee of up to $50. This fee typically applies to all professionals, occupations, and businesses and is a flat tax rate based on the start date of the business. For example, if a business opens in October through March, the fee is a flat $50. If a business is opened from April to June, the fee is $25 and if a business opens its doors from July to September, the fee drops to $12.50. As a veteran, this fee may be waived for you depending on the type of business being opened.

Transfer Fees

Fees incurred for transferring a current local business tax account is 10% of the original fee, with a minimum fee of $3.00 and a maximum fee of $25.

Delinquent Fees

Delinquent local business tax accounts are subject to late penalties which are calculated using the corresponding percentages of the base fee (excluding the hazardous waste surcharge).

  • October - 10%
  • November - 15%
  • December - 20%
  • January and later - 25%

Florida Statutes designate certain exemptions for local business tax fees. While an account is still required, the fee will be established at a reduced fee or at no cost. Contact your local Lee County Tax Collector Office today.

Driver Licenses

When applying for an original, replacement, or renewal drivers licenses, certain options are available to veterans and military service members.

License Designation

Any honorably discharged US Veteran may have a Veterans Designation placed on his or her drivers license or identification card.

Valid Forms

Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, a DD-214 or a DD Form 2 Military Retired ID card indicating an honorable discharge.  We may also accept a Veteran Health ID card or Veteran ID card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  There is no fee to place the designation on the driver license or identification card if it is the only change being made.

If you are no longer in possession of your DD-214, you may request it online at the National Archives website.

100% Disabled Veterans

Any honorably discharged veteran who has been determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to have a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability rating or has been determined to have a service-connected disability rating for compensation of 100% and is in receipt of disability retirement pay from any branch of the US Armed Forces, and is qualified to obtain a driver's license is exempt from certain fees, such as those listed below.

Waived Fees for Veterans - This list is not all inclusive.

  • Original or renewal CDL
  • Original, renewal, or replacement Class E
  • Original, renewal, or replacement ID card
  • Delinquent Fee
  • Veteran Designation Fee

Please note that documents such as a card of a letter from the Veterans Administration that reflect a 100% rating must be provided.

Hunting & Fishing

Active duty and retired military members may be eligible for a reduced fee license. 100% disabled veterans may be eligible for a no-fee license.

Military Gold Sportsmans License

The Military Gold Sportsmans License is an annual reduced-fee license offered to active duty or retired military members.

Military Gold Sportsmans License Inclusions:
  • Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Deer
  • Wildlife management area
  • Archery
  • Muzzle-loading gun
  • Crossbow
  • Turkey
  • Florida waterfowl
  • Snook
  • Lobster

 Visit The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website for more information.

Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Military personnel who are stationed in Florida can show their military orders and a current military ID. Florida residents who can show military orders that they are not stationed in Florida and home on leave for 30 days or less do not need a hunting or freshwater or saltwater fishing license or a Florida waterfowl, deer, turkey, snook, lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzle-loading season, or management area permit.

Disabled veterans who can show proof of 100% total and permanent service-connected disability from the US Veterans Affairs or any branch of the US Armed Forces may receive a no-fee disability license good for a period of 5 years. This license includes the snook and lobster permits, but does not include the migratory bird permit, Federal duck stamp or tarpon tag. Please note that military veterans must provide proof of Florida residency and retired military ID.

Concealed Weapon Licenses

When applying for a concealed weapon license there are some core requirements that must be met. As an active military member or a veteran, there are certain benefits available to you.

You may use your DD-214 that reflects an honorable discharge or the veteran's designation on your FLorida driver's license in lieu of your proof of competency with a firearm.

Proof of Competency with a Firearm

When applying for a concealed weapon license, Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm. The following items may be used in lieu of proof of completion of any firearms safety or training course.

Active Duty Military Personnel may submit copies of any of the following documents that confirm your experience with a firearm gained during service:

  • Common Access Card or other form of official military identification.
  • Military orders including call to active-duty letter.
  • A statement of military service signed by, or at the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters which identifies you and provides your date of entry for your current active-duty period.

Former military personnel can submit a DD-214 reflecting an honorable discharge from military service.