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Permit Returns and Reissues

About returned permits:

If hunters are unable to use a quota or waterfowl permit for any reason, it can be returned electronically to the FWC through the GoOutdoorsFlorida recreational licensing system to be reissued to another hunter. 

When can a permit be returned?

The return option is available at the same time the phase III leftovers open for any given permit type, and returns can be made up to 10 days before the hunt begins.  No permits will be accepted electronically or by any other means within 10 days of the start date of the hunt because there is no longer time to have it reissued to another hunter.

How to return a quota permit:

When a leftover phase opens, the return option will be available on each hunter's customer account at  In the "Awarded Permits" section, any permits eligible to be returned will have a blue "Return" option.  Click the link and follow the steps to confirm the return.  Returns cannot be undone.

Once a permit is returned, any associated preference points will also be immediately updated.  Quota permits obtained in phase I that are returned will have preference reinstated plus one additional point.  Waterfowl permits do not have associated preference points.

Will returned permits be reissued to other hunters?

To enhance opportunities on public lands, returned permits may be applied for by hunters throughout the season during weekly reissue application periods.  Permit availability is shown in real time as returns are made, and weekly reissue applications are available for hunters between noon Eastern on Saturdays through noon Eastern on Tuesdays. 

  • Unless exempt, hunters must have a valid management area permit or a license that includes a management area permit in order to apply. 
  • One reissue application per permit type may be submitted per hunter with up to five choices per application. 
  • Random drawings are administered for each permit type with results then posted at by 10 a.m. Eastern on Wednesdays.
  • Any leftover permits not issued in the random drawing will roll into leftovers and available on a first-come first-served basis on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Helpful hints:

  • While returned permits show in real time under permit availability, when the permit is returned will dictate when it will be available for reissue.  All permits returned each Saturday through Friday are available in the immediate next weekly reissue application period.  If a return is made on a Friday, it will be available in the next day's reissue period.  If a return is made on a Saturday, it will be available in the following weekend’s weekly reissue period.  An "available for reissue" column displays permits currently available for reissue, while an additional "available for next reissue" displays the next reissue period availability.  
  • FWC law enforcement and field staff receive updated reports for public hunting opportunities regularly.  Once a permit is returned, all previous copies should be discarded as the hunter is no longer allowed to attend the hunt.