Florida Residents and visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the "exempted" groups of people listed below. Additional exemptions may apply and can be found online.

Freshwater / Saltwater / Hunting Exemptions

Exemptions for Florida residents:

  • Age 65 years of age or older; may obtain complimentary license from tax collector office
  • Certified as totally and permanently disabled
  • Who are members of the armed forces on leave for 30 days or less (requires a copy of orders)
  • Fishing for mullet in freshwater possessing a freshwater license
  • Fishing from land or a structure fixed to land and have been determined eligible for food stamps, temporary cash assistance, or Medicaid Program by the Department of Children and Families
  • Fishing or hunting in county of residence on your homestead or homestead of your spouse or minor child; minor child fishing or hunting on parent’s homestead
  • Fishing for non-commercial purposes in home county with live or natural bait and using poles or lines that are not equipped with a fishing-line retrieval mechanism (excludes fish management area)

Exemptions for Florida and Out-of-State residents:

  • Child under the age of 16
  • Fishing during the free freshwater/saltwater fishing days promotion
  • Individuals accepted as a client for developmental services by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • A disabled veteran or active or reserve military member (including immediate family members or an assistant) participating in a permitted military/disabled veterans event

Additional Saltwater specific exemptions:

  • Fishing from a licensed pier
  • Fishing from a vessel where the operator possesses a valid license issued in their name
  • Fishing from a vessel with a valid license issued in the name of a vessel

Additional Hunting specific exemptions:

  • Individuals 16 years of age or older, born on or after June 1, 1975, and hunting during the 10-day or one-year trial basis under the supervision of a hunter 21 or older.