Sale of alligator permits begin June 3, but more than 2,000 Alligator Harvest Permits are still available on a first-come, first-served basis through Sept. 20. Permit holders are authorized to take two alligators from designated areas during specific harvest periods. Alligator harvest areas are listed at MyFWC.com/alligator* under "Alligator Harvest Permit Availability."
Applicants have their preference of applying at any county tax collector's office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses), online at MyFWC.com/license* or by calling toll-free 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356) from anywhere in the United States or Canada.
To reserve a permit, applicants must submit payment for an Alligator Trapping License and two alligator-hide validation tags, or provide proof of a valid Alligator Trapping License (must be valid through Oct. 8) plus pay the fee for two hide validation tags. No other hunting licenses are required.
The cost for a Resident Alligator Trapping License and hide validation tags is $272, and non-residents pay $1,022. Any hunter who takes an alligator must complete and send in an Alligator Harvest Report Form. The information gathered from these forms enables FWC* biologists to monitor population trends and impacts of the annual harvest.
An Alligator Trapping Agent License is also available for $52, which allows the license holder to assist a trapper in taking alligators, but only in the presence of the permitted trapper. All persons seeking a harvest permit must be at least 18 years old by Sept. 1, and only one harvest permit per person will be issued.
Note: By clicking the Purchase Licenses button below, you will be redirected to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website to complete your transaction.