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 Disabled Person Privileges

A disabled person who is a resident of the State of Florida may apply for a resident disability hunting and fishing license from one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

To qualify for a resident disability hunting and fishing license, a disabled person must present proof of residency and a certification of total permanent disability by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), any branch of the Armed Services, or a Notice of Award from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for Supplemental Security Income or Supplemental Security Disability Income Benefits.

The telephone number for the VA Service Office in Polk County is (863) 534-5220. The toll free telephone number for the SSA is (800) 772-1213.

To qualify for any resident hunting and fishing license proof of residency is required. You must provide date of birth along with any one of the following for proof of residency:

  • Florida DL Number (Florida ID not acceptable)
  • Customer ID Number (number already in TLS system)
  • Social Security Number & FL Homestead Exemption
  • Social Security Number & FL Voter Registration
  • Social Security Number & FL Landlord Certification
  • Social Security Number & FL Military Orders
  • Social Security Number & FL Student ID Card - 18 or Under
  • Social Security Number & Parents Proof of Residency

    Note: Non-resident hunting and fishing licenses may be purchased by anyone.

A resident disability hunting and fishing license authorizes the holder to take or attempt to take or possess freshwater fish, marine fish, and game consistent with state and federal regulations.

Holders of a disability hunting and fishing license are exempt from permit requirements, including the no-cost migratory bird permit, and from making application for most quota hunt permits to hunt on a wildlife management area.

A disability license does not allow the holder those privileges found in the commercial fishing license, commercial or state trapping license, antlerless deer permits, or the federal waterfowl stamp. A disabled person wishing to participate in these activities must also acquire the required permits for each of these activities.

All disability licenses, including replacement licenses, issued after January 1, 1997, will expire five years from the date of issuance and are no longer valid if the holder moves out of the State of Florida.