Prior to the issuance of a resident license, residency should be established and verified pursuant to the following guidelines.

Permits may be issued to residents or non-residents; therefore, it is not necessary to establish residency before issuing a permit.

At the point a customer signs the residency oath on the license, the burden of proof is his if checked by an officer. Therefore, it is beneficial that the customer be aware of the statute defining residency.

Any person who swears or affirms to any false information on any application for licenses or permits may be subject to criminal prosecution.


A resident, for the purposes of obtaining hunting and fishing licenses, is defined as:

  • any person who has resided in this state for six (6) continuous months prior to the issuance of a license and who has an intent to continue to reside in Florida and claim Florida as their primary residence


  • any member of the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in this state (includes spouse and dependent children residing in household)


Any one of the following may be used for proof of residency:

  • Florida Driver's License ("Florida Only" or Florida ID cards not acceptable)
  • Military orders showing that applicant is stationed in Florida
  • Florida Homestead Exemption
  • Statement from Landlord
  • Florida voter's registration card