Alternative Mobility Permits (AMP)
The Alternative Mobility Permit (AMP) allows persons who cannot walk, or cannot walk without assistance due to severe and permanent physical disabilities, to drive or be transported by ATV on selected wildlife management areas (WMAs). The AMP also includes the WMA vehicle access allowed with a Special Use Vehicle (SUV) permit. All AMPs expire on June 30 each year.
What this permit allows:
- For the named permit holder and one assistant riding in the same vehicle with the permit holder to operate a vehicle in WMAs on roads not open to the public and to drive or be transported by all-terrain vehicle (ATV), as defined below, as long as permit holder and assistant adhere to the permit conditions by region for Special Use Vehicle Permits and the Alternative Mobility Permits.
- For the permitted SUV to be operated on established named or numbered roads, service roads, firebreaks or well-defined roads except as provided by the Regional SUV Summary.
- For the permitted ATV to be operated off road at a speed of up to 5 mph (walking speed) in accordance with the Regional AMP Summary and permit conditions.
- For the purpose of this permit, the definition of an ATV shall be as follows: a motorized vehicle having three or more wheels of less than an 80-inch wheelbase (wheelbase is measured from the center of the forward wheel or hub to the center of the rearmost wheel or hub) primarily designed for the transport of people; or a motorized tracked vehicle with tracks of less than 50 inches in length that was primarily designed for the transport of a mobility disabled person; be equipped with a spark arrestor type muffler; and not have a two-cycle engine. ATVs as defined in this provision include golf cart style vehicles and other vehicles with bench type seating that meet the above ATV definition or a tracked device like the Action Trackchair. Not all WMAs allow AMP ATV access. Please reference Alternative Mobility Permit Stipulations by Region to determine which WMAs allow special use access and if there are any area-specific restrictions. The summary is updated annually each summer.
What this permit does NOT allow:
- Access to WMAs when they are closed due to weather or other emergency closures.
- Hunting or fishing without the required licenses and permits.
- Access to areas designated or posted as closed due to safety, emergency or environmental purposes (e.g. bombing ranges, or roads closed due to flooding, washouts or fire).
- Operation of a vehicle or ATV in any wetland or in any manner that destroys vegetation (driving on roads or firebreaks planted as a food plot or driving over trees).
- Operating an ATV on named or numbered roads or on established hiking, bicycling or equestrian trails; or at a speed greater than 5 mph (walking speed); or where prohibited in the Alternative Mobility Permit WMA Summary and Maps.
- More than one assistant or person in or on the vehicle or ATV with the permit holder.
- Vehicles or ATVs of a type not authorized by WMA regulations or the SUV or AMP WMA.
- Parking in a manner that obstructs roads, gates or fire lanes.
Requirements and conditions:
- Completion of the FWC Physician Certification Form (accessible to print during the online application process) with a statement by a licensed physician that the applicant is permanently disabled with a qualifying impairment. Applicants with temporary disabilities are not eligible for AMPs. Qualifying disabilities include:
- Permanently-dependent upon a wheelchair for ambulation
- Permanently-required to use braces or prostheses on both legs
- Single-leg above-the-knee amputation
- The permit holder must access, read and follow the area-specific time periods of use and stipulations for Special Use Vehicle areas and the Alternative Mobility Permit areas accessed using this permit. Summaries are updated each summer.
- The permit must be in the physical possession of the permit holder when engaged in the permitted activity, and must be presented to any law enforcement officer, FWC personnel, Forest Service personnel or other law enforcement personnel upon request.
- The SUV international handicapped symbol hanger provided for printing with this permit must be displayed on the vehicle transporting the permit holder.
- The AMP international handicapped symbol hanger provided for printing with this permit must be displayed on the ATV transporting the permit holder.
- This permit is valid from approval until the next June 30.
Information you must have available to apply for this permit:
- Contact and identification information, including a day-time telephone number where you can be reached during normal business hours.
- A valid email address to provide in order to receive notification of application approval or denial. If an e-mail address is not provided, the applicant may return to the application site periodically to determine if the permit was approved.
- Adobe Reader and a printer.
How to apply for this permit:
- Click on the "Apply for an Alternative Mobility Permit" link below.
- If you have previously applied online for an FWC special permit or certification (SUV, MI, Antlerless Deer, or Deer Dog), enter your username and password, or other identifying information. If you have not applied online for an FWC special permit before, click on "Register Here" and enter the requested information to create an account and continue.
- Click the “Apply for New Permit” link.
- Complete the form and choose “Save and Continue” to proceed.
- Print the required Physician Certification Form (and a Cover Sheet if planning to return the completed form by fax or mail).
- Have your doctor complete and sign the Physician Certification Form.
- Scan and upload the completed Physician Certification Form within your account, or fax/mail it with the provided cover sheet.
- Your completed application will be reviewed by FWC staff, who will send an email message with notification of approval or denial of the application. If you do not supply an email, you will need to check your status in your account.
- Once approved, login at the link below to access the approved permit.
- Print, read and sign the permit.
Permit holders who have not renewed within three years of the expiration date will be purged from the system and must submit both the application and physician's certification form.