Does Florida Offer Hunting License for Disabled Hunters for Free?

by Gordon Ricketts
(Jasper, GA)

February 6, 2012, QUESTION: Does Florida Offer hunting License for Disabled Hunters for free? The reason I ask this question is, I lived in Georgia; and in that state they offer Disabled hunters a free Big and Small Game hunting License, that are good for 3 years at which time you have to send in Disabilty Social Security Proof to stay qualified. I have hunted and purchased every hunting license and fishing License in two, sometimes three, states for over 30 years. Now due to an accident, I can no longer get around very well. I am currently in the process of moving to the Santa Rosa County area in the next week are so. I currently have the disability License in Georgia. Hoping Florida offers them as well, I was told that they do.

ANSWER: Welcome to Florida, Gordon! Yes, Florida does offer free hunting and fishing licenses for Florida residents who can provide documentation that they are totally and permanently disabled. Proof of permanent disability could be one of the following:

- Certification by the United States Railroad Retirement Board.
- An order from a Judge of Compensation claims verifying total and permanent disability for purposes of Workers Compensation under chapter 440, F. S.
- Written Confirmation by the carrier providing Workers Compensation benefits verifying total and permanent disability for purposes of Workers Compensation under chapter 440, F.S.
- State of Florida-Department of Veterans Affairs-100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran Identification Card (must have the statement total and permanent disabled).
- Certification by the United States Veterans Administration or any branch of the Unites States Armed Forces.
---OR---
- Documentation of CURRENT (dated within the last 12 months) eligibility for DISABILITY Benefits from Social Security Administration (Form SSA-1099 Not Acceptable).

Not all persons with disabilities will meet the criteria to receive the no-cost license. The license is not a disability accommodation but an economic accommodation for the segment of the disabled population who typically can least afford to pay for the license.

To apply for the disability license, you will need the following:

- Application Form.
- Proof you are permanently disabled.
- Proof of Florida residency.
- Hunter Safety Certification (if you were born on or after June 1, 1975).

Send the above documents to:

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Office of Licensing and Permitting
2590 EXECUTIVE CENTER CIRCLE, SUITE 200
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32301

(Or you may take your required documentation to your local county tax collector office and they will forward it to the FWC for processing.)

For completle information and to obtain the application form, go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's page: Persons with Disabilities Resident Hunting/Fishing License.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Kenny Presnell
www.Hunting-with-Kenny.com

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