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Residency Requirements

For the purposes of hunting or fishing in Florida, a resident is defined as:

  • Any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence
  • Any member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in Florida (includes spouse and dependent children residing in the household)

Acceptable proof of Florida residency:

  • Florida Driver's License or ID Card
  • Florida Military Orders (members of the United States military and their immediate family stationed here)

Alternate proof (may be used only by Florida residents who do not have a Florida Driver's License or ID Card):

  • Current Florida Voter Information Card
  • Declaration of Domicile (may be obtained from the office of the county Clerk)
  • Florida Homestead Exemption (proof may be obtained from the office of the county Property Appraiser)

Children under 18 have two additional options for proving residency:

  • Student ID Card (from a Florida school)
  • Parent's Proof of Residency (child must be accompanied by the parent at the time of purchase)

Children under 13 purchasing a lifetime license have additional documentation requirements:

  • Certified copy of child's birth certificate,
  • Social Security Number, and
  • Copy of the Florida Driver's License of one parent whose name appears on the birth certificate.