The Tax Collector serves as an agent of the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. In this capacity, the Tax Collector is responsible for the sale of a variety of hunting and fishing permits. It is the Tax Collector's duty to collect all monies from these sales and maintain the records associated with these transactions. Hunting and fishing licenses may be obtained at the Tax Collector's Office or at various sport stores, bait and tackle shops, and retail stores. You may also purchase your license online through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website.
A valid license is required by all citizens who intend to hunt or fish in Florida. A few exemptions to the law are:
- Residents 65 years of age and over who possess proof of age and residency, such as a Florida DL or ID card or an optioanal no cost Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. Proof of age and residency must be carried at all times while hunting or fishing.
- Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a license; however, they must carry proof of age identification.
- Permanently and totally disabled residents can obtain a special exemption card. An authorized disability statement must be presented upon application. This permit is issued at no cost by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Applications are available online or at any local Tax Collector's Office.
- Residents who have been accepted by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a client for retardation and developmental services are exempt from purchasing a license.
- A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. armed forces and is not stationed in Florida is exempt from the license requirements while home on leave for 30 days or less. Proof of orders must be on the person while hunting or fishing.
For further information regarding hunting and fishing, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission home page.