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Captive Wildlife Import Permit

The Captive Wildlife Importation Permit is a permit that is issued to authorize importation of non-native wildlife into Florida. In accordance with Section 379.231, Florida Statutes, Regulation of non-native animals, states in part:

(1) It is unlawful to import for sale or use, or to release within this state, any species of the animal kingdom not native to Florida unless authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Examples of such actions would be transfers between individuals, commercial wildlife dealers, zoos or other wildlife entities in other states to similar places licensed within Florida. The permit is valid for 45 days. Please note that if you are importing Class I/II wildlife, Capuchin, Spider, Woolly Monkey, or venomous reptiles/amphibians, the transporter of the wildlife must have a valid Florida Captive Wildlife License for that specific wildlife.

Please mail the application at least two weeks in advance of the proposed import date to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Captive Wildlife Office, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600. Applications may also be faxed to (850) 921-6283.

If you have any questions, please visit Ask FWC or contact the Captive Wildlife Office at (850) 488-6253.

In most cases an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) from a veterinarian is required for importation of wildlife into the State of Florida. More information can be found in Chapter 5C-3, FAC. and F.S. 570.02. For additional information please contact the Florida Department of Agriculture or call 850-410-0900.