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Alligator Hunt Permit

General Information

A Statewide Alligator Hunt Permit is a type of limited entry permit required to participate in the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program. The Statewide Alligator Hunt is one of FWC’s most popular limited entry hunts, and more than ten thousand applicants will apply for about six thousand permits on alligator management units that are established with sustainable harvest quotas to provide recreational opportunities for residents and non-residents. 

Each alligator hunting permit includes two CITES tags, authorizing the holder to harvest two alligators.  The harvest areas and hunt dates are specific for each permit, and the permits specify the boundaries or limitations of the harvest area.  The statewide alligator hunting season begins on August 15 and ends on the morning of November 1.  The first four weeks of the season are divided into four quota weeks, and each permit is assigned one of those weeks. Legal hunting hours are 5 p.m. through 10 a.m.    

Applicants who are awarded a Statewide Alligator Hunt permit will be charged automatically.  The Alligator Trapping License/Permit and two CITES tags will be mailed to the successful applicants within 6 weeks of purchase.

A Florida hunting or fishing license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt.

Phase I: Random Drawing
Application Period: May 17 – 27, 2019
Authorizations, Drawing and Charges:  May 28 – 30, 2019

Phase II: Random Drawing
Application Period: May 31 – June 10, 2019
Authorizations, Drawing and Charges:  June 11 – 13, 2019

Phase III: Random Drawing
Application Period: June 14 – 24, 2019
Authorizations, Drawing and Charges:  June 25 – 26, 2019

Leftovers Phase:  Immediate Issuance
June 27, 2019 at 10 am Eastern – until filled or the final hunt date

  • Cost (All Sales are Final – No Refunds): There is no cost to apply, but credit card information must be submitted with each application.  The card used will be pre-authorized prior to the drawing and charged automatically if successful (please see Pre-Authorization Process and Drawing Results sections below for more information). Handling fees may also apply.
    • Permit and Alligator Trapping License for Florida Residents (includes 2 CITES tags for the harvest of 2 alligators):  $272.00
    • Permit and Alligator Trapping License for Non-Residents (includes 2 CITES tags for the harvest of 2 alligators):  $1,022.00
    • Permit and Alligator Trapping License for Resident Disability Hunt/Fish License Holders (includes 2 CITES tags for the harvest of 2 alligators):  $22.00
    • Permit for 2 CITES tags (for customers who already have an Alligator Trapping License valid through Nov. 1):  $62.00
  • Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old by August 15 to apply.
  • Issuance Method: Statewide Alligator Hunt permits are issued by a random drawing during the first 3 phases and issued immediately in the Leftover Phase.  
  • Exemptions: Those participating in an alligator hunt must have an Alligator Trapping License or an Alligator Trapping Agent License.  However, customers who are age 15 or younger are not required to have an agent license to participate. Customers with a valid FWC Resident Disability License are exempt from the cost of an Alligator Trapping Agent License, but must obtain the license at no cost to assist a permitted trapper on a hunt. Non-participating passengers in a boat with alligator trappers are not required to be licensed.
  • Restrictions: Applicants may submit one Statewide Alligator Hunt application per phase and receive up to one permit in the first three phases of the application process.  Those successful in any one of the first three phases cannot apply for additional permits until phase IV.  In the phase IV leftover period, customers can be awarded up to 10 permits cumulatively.

    No person who has been convicted of any violation of s. 379.409 or s. 379.3015 or the rules of the commission relating to the illegal taking of crocodilian species shall be eligible for issuance of a license for a period of 5 years subsequent to such conviction.  In the event such violation involves the unauthorized taking of an endangered crocodilian species, no license shall be issued for 10 years subsequent to the conviction.  Any false statement will render the permit void, and will subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable law.  

  • Groups: There are no group applications for Statewide Alligator Hunt permits. However, each permit allows the permit holder to have an unlimited number of properly licensed alligator trapping agents and alligator trapping license holders assist in the hunt.
  • Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
  • Transferability: Statewide Alligator Hunt permits are NOT transferable.
  • How to Apply:Customers can apply online (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet and present it to any license agent or at a tax collector office.  Each applicant may make up to twelve choices on an application in the first two phases, up to five choices on an application in the third phase, and one choice per application in the leftover phase.  Choices offered are based on permit availability throughout each phase. A valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) must be included with each application and the card will be pre-authorized and charged automatically if the applicant is successful in the drawing. 
  • Importance of Residency at Time of Application:Residents who do not hold a Florida driver’s license or identification card cannot use the online system to apply as a resident and must instead apply in-person at a license agent or tax collector office with alternate proof of residency.  Residency status is established at the time of application and will be used throughout the issuance process.
  • How to Cancel or Change an Application: While all sales are final, applicants can opt to cancel a submitted application during the open application period for the first three phases (see application dates below).  Any changes necessary to application choices or to the credit or debit card submitted can be made by cancelling the application and then submitting a new application.  To cancel, an applicant must login to his or her account at, click “Cancel” next to the Statewide Alligator Hunt application under “Permit Applications” and then enter his or her full social security number to verify the cancellation.  Once an application is cancelled, a new one may be submitted.
  • Pre-Authorization Process: All applicants must submit a valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) as part of their application, and an authorization is administered on all applicants directly prior to each drawing to determine whether there are sufficient funds available if successful in the drawing.  If there are sufficient funds, the application is authorized for the lottery; if the account has insufficient funds to cover the fees, the application cannot be authorized and will be unsuccessful in the drawing.  During this pre-authorization process, each applicant may see a pending authorization or hold on his or her account.  This does not mean the applicant is successful – it is simply the authorization step.  However, applicants should be mindful of the policies of their account, bank or credit union, as financial institutions vary in how authorizations and pending charges are handled.  As well, the length of time a financial institution may take to release any hold or pending charge can vary, as does their policy in handling potential overdraft fees or penalties for an exceeded card balance with a pending authorization if other charges come in before it is cleared.
  • Drawing Results: After all applicants’ cards are pre-authorized to determine whether the credit or debit card used has sufficient funds, a lottery is administered.  Each application is assigned a random number, and the lottery then checks whether the applicants’ choices have quota available.  If an applicant is pre-authorized and successful in the drawing, he or she is assigned the permit.  Applicants who are successful in the drawing will be charged the amount for the permit and tags.  All sales are final and there will be no refunds available or offered for successful applicants.  If an applicant is unsuccessful in the drawing, any holds from the preauthorization process will be lifted and no charges will be applied to the card.  The length of time for an authorization to be lifted is at the discretion of a financial institution (please see Pre-Authorization Process section above for details).  The preauthorization process and drawing occurs within three days of the close of each application period.  Those applicants successful in a drawing who have provided a valid email address will be notified by email.
  • How to Get the Permit: Successful applicants who have provided a valid email address will receive a receipt of payment.  All award winners can expect to receive their permit, Alligator Trapping License and CITES tags by mail within six weeks of each drawing by mail. 
  • Reprints: Alligator Trapping Licenses and permits can only be reprinted by the FWC Office of Licensing and Permitting upon written request of the permit holder.  Any customers who request reprints must allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit and tags.  Receipts, temporary license numbers and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Statewide Alligator Hunt permit.
  • Guest Permits: There are no guest permits available for the Statewide Alligator Hunt; however, a permit holder may have appropriately licensed individuals assist in the hunt.  The permit holder must be present on the hunt and each assistant must either hold a valid Alligator Trapping License (for any harvest unit) or Alligator Trapping Agent License.  Those wishing to assist in this way can purchase an Alligator Trapping Agent license for $52 anywhere licenses are sold.  Non-participating passengers in a boat with alligator trappers are not required to be licensed.   
  • Reporting Requirements: By the conclusion of the Statewide Alligator hunting season, permit holders must report their harvest using an Alligator Harvest Report Form.  Unused tags must also be returned to the FWC, and failure to comply may result in exclusion from participation in the statewide alligator program for a period of one year.