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 specific vehicles 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 annually and may be renewed each July 1.
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), recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) such as a side-by side or utility vehicle (UTV) or golf cart (GC), as defined below, as long as the 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/ROV/GC 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, an "ATV", as defined in Sections 317.0003(1), F.S. (2022), means any motorized off-highway or all-terrain vehicle 55 inches or less in width, having a dry weight of 1,500 pounds or less, designed to travel on three or more non-highway tires, and manufactured for recreational use by one or more persons. A two-rider ATV means any ATV that is specifically designed by the manufacturer for a single operator and one passenger. “ROV” means any motorized recreational off-highway vehicle 80 inches or less in width which has a dry weight of 3,500 pounds or less, is designed to travel on four or more nonhighway tires, and is manufactured for recreational use by one or more persons. A "GC" is a motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes. Vehicles shall be equipped with a spark arrestor type muffler and not have a two-cycle engine. ATVs/ROVs/GCs as defined in this provision do not include any tracked device except a tracked wheelchair (e.g., 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/ROV/GC 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/ROV/GC 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/ROV/GC with the permit holder.
- Vehicles or ATV/ROV/GC of a type not authorized by WMA regulations, SUV WMA Summary or AMP WMA Summary.
- Parking in a manner that obstructs roads, gates or fire lanes.
Requirements and conditions:
- Submission of a valid permanent disabled parking placard/permit issued to the applicant, OR
- Completion of the FWC Physician Certification Form (accessible to print during the online application process) by a licensed physician certifying the applicant has a mobility impairment that limits their ability to walk, without rest or stop, for 200 feet, based on one or more of the following conditions:
- Inability to walk, or inability to walk without the use of or assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, or other assistive device, or without the assistance of another person.
- The need to permanently use a wheelchair.
- Restriction by lung disease to the extent that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for 1 second, when measured by spirometry, is less than 1 liter, or the person’s arterial oxygen is less than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
- Use of portable oxygen.
- Restriction by cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV, according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
- Severe limitation in the person’s ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.
- 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. SUV and AMP 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.
- Returning customers (who have previously applied online for an FWC specialized permit or certification) may enter their username and password, or other identifying information, to log in. Those who have not previously applied for an FWC permit should click on Register to create an account.
- 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 mail), or scan and upload a copy of your Permanent Disabled Persons Parking Identification Permit with a copy of your current Driver's License. If you are qualifying with a Permanently Disabled Person’s Parking Identification Permit, submit your application and review Steps 8 - 10.
- Have your doctor complete and sign the Physician Certification Form.
- Scan and upload the completed Physician Certification Form within your account, or mail it with the provided cover sheet.
- Your completed application will be reviewed by FWC staff, who will send an email message with a 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, log in at the link below to access the approved permit.
- Print, read, and sign the permit.
What happens next:
- Your completed application will be reviewed by FWC staff.
- If you provided an email address, you will 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 your permit is approved, login using the Apply link below to access the 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.