What qualitifies as Florida residency?
For the purposes of fishing or hunting in Florida, a resident is defined as:
- Any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence as evidenced by a valid Florida driver license or identification card with both a Florida address and a Florida residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
- Active duty United States military personnel stationed in Florida, including spouses and dependent children residing in the household, with military orders.
Acceptable Proofs of Florida Residency:
- Florida Driver License or ID Card (with Florida address and residency verified by the Florida DHSMV)
- Florida Military Orders (active-duty United States military personnel and their immediate family members also stationed here)
Alternate proof (may be used only by Florida residents who do not have a Florida Driver License or ID Card):
- Current Florida voter registration information card
- Declaration of domicile (may be obtained from county clerk’s office)
- Florida homestead exemption
- NOTE: Landlord certification is no longer accepted as an alternate proof of residency.
For youths under the age of 18, there are two additional options for proving residency:
- Student identification card from a Florida school
- Parent's proof of residency (youth must be accompanied by the parent at the time of purchase)
Additional documentation is also required when purchasing a lifetime license for a child under 13 years of age.