General Information

A Family Quota Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for an adult and up to two youths age 8 to 15 to participate in some general gun hunts on select Wildlife Management Areas. Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific Wildlife Management Areas and dates.

  • Cost: $0.00 - $2.50.  Family Quota permits issued in the Phase I or Phase II random drawings are posted to your customer account online and can be printed from the web site for no cost. The service of printing the permit issued in Phase I, Phase II or reprints at a Tax Collector or retail agent location will cost $2.00 or $2.50 respectively. Permits issued in Phase III are printed online, by a Tax Collector or by a retail agent for no cost.
  • Requirements: Unless exempt, you must have a valid Management Area Permit or a license that includes a management area permit in order to apply. You must be at least 18 years old to apply.  A Family Quota permit is only valid when hunting with at least one but no more than two youths age 8 to 15. Each hunter may take a daily bag limit, unless otherwise provided by area-specific regulation, but no additional hunters or supervisors are allowed.
  • Issuance Method: Family Quota permits are issued by random drawing during Phases I and Phase II. Leftover permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis during Phase III. In the Phase I random drawing, applicants are selected based on their preference points. Applicants with the highest number of Family Quota preference points are selected before those with less Family Quota preference points.
  • Exemptions: There are no exemptions to the Family Quota hunts. You must have a Family Quota permit or be the youth guest of a permit holder to participate in these hunts.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Family Quota application and receive up to one Family Quota permit in Phase I or II. You may receive up to five Family Quota permits total in Phase III (including any permits awarded in Phase I or II). You can only apply in Phase II if you have not already been awarded a Family Quota permit during Phase I. You can have no more than one Family Quota permit per hunt, and no more than five Family Quota permits total. The selling or purchasing of any quota permit is prohibited.
  • Group Applications: Group applications are NOT allowed for this permit type. Each Family Quota permit allows the permit holder and up to two youths no younger than 8 and under 16 to hunt.
  • Preference Points: If you apply during Phase I and are unsuccessful, you will be awarded one Family Quota preference point for next year (even if you get issued a permit in Phase II or III). Preference points are cumulative and you will receive one additional Family Quota preference point each year you apply in Phase I and are unsuccessful. If you apply during Phase I next year, and are drawn for a permit, your preference points will be reset to zero. No preference points are awarded if you fail to apply in Phase I. If you fail to apply during Phase I for 2 consecutive years, your preference points will be reset to zero. Successful applicants who return their quota permit 10 or more days before the first day of the hunt can have their preference points re-instated. See Returned Permits below.
  • Transferability: Family Quota permits are NOT transferable.
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type. Each Family Quota permit allows the permit holder and up to two youths no younger than 8 and under 16 to hunt.
  • Returned Permits: If you are unable to use your permit you can return it for re-issuance. For more information, view information on returning permits for reissuance. Returned permits will be reissued once a week during Phase III. Permits returned by midnight on Friday will be reissued first-come, first-served at 10:00 am Eastern time the following Tuesday. There will be a separate column in the list of available permits that will display the returned permits as they are returned. Applicants may check after midnight on Friday what permits will be available on the following Tuesday.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the application period. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
  • Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Family Quota permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office External Website. Resident management area permit holders who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system. Resident disabled, residents age 65 or older and resident active duty military that do not have a Florida driver's license or Florida ID cannot use the online system and must apply at a license agent or tax collector and show another proof of residency.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I or Phase II random drawings, you can print your permit online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for $2.50 or $2.00 respectively. Permits issued in Phase I or Phase II will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent or tax collector until the last day of the hunt. In Phase III (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit one time for no cost. If applying online in Phase III, you can immediately print your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt. If you choose to pick up your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and that your browsers pop-up blocker is disabled, so that you can print your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.

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