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Barbara Ford-Coates - Florida Tax Collector serving Sarasota County
Exceptional Staff - Exceptional Service


Florida residents and visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they qualify for one of the exemptions listed below. Some exemptions apply to "Florida residents" only. Please be aware of the Florida residency requirements.

These exemptions may apply to hunting, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, or all three.

  • Children under 16 years of age (also exempt from federal duck stamp requirements).
  • Florida residents age 65 or older who can prove residency and age with one of the below. While hunting or fishing licenses are not required for resident seniors, they should keep their Florida driver's license or Florida ID Card in their possession while hunting or fishing. The senior exemption does not apply for the federal duck stamp or tarpon tag.
    1. Florida driver's license or Florida ID Card, or
    2. A complimentary Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate (issued at any of our Service Centers)
  • Florida resident who is a member of the United States Armed Forces, stationed outside of Florida, home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
  • Other exemptions