Animal Information

Class III Permit to Sell, Rehome, and Display Wildlife

Any non-domesticated animal that is not classified as Class IClass IIConditional, or Prohibited is designated as Class III wildlife.

Currently, there is no formal list of Class III species due to the large volume of species which are categorized as Class III.

Class III wildlife includes both species native to Florida and species not native to Florida. Common Class III animals include exotic birds (parrots, parakeets, finches), small mammals (foxes, skunks, raccoons, lemurs), many reptile species (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises), and all amphibian species (frogs, salamanders, etc.).

The Captive Wildlife Office regulates mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. All other classes of animals (fish, insects, arachnids, invertebrates, etc.) are not regulated by the Captive Wildlife Office and possession, sale, or exhibition of such animals is not authorized under any Captive Wildlife permit.

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To File An Application For A Class III Permit…

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Click on to “Captive Wildlife Permits

Look up yourself if you are an individual or a buisness if you are a facility.

Create your profile. If you are a facility, use the “Buisness” option.

Add species names and numbers of critters in pocession or if you are applying for the first time, use your project goal.

Wait For Application To Be Accepted

You do not pay until your application is approved

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Pay For Your Approved Permit

Claim Your Permit, Print Your Permit, Download Your Permit

FWC does not regulate possession, sale, or exhibition of domestic species. The following species are considered domestic and, therefore, are not considered Class III wildlife and are not regulated by FWC: domestic cats and dogs (see FAQs for further information regarding hybrids), hamsters, guinea pigs, domestic rats and mice, cattle, horses, domestic pigs, poultry, peafowl, and llamas.

Animals from the wild (including injured, orphaned, or abandoned native animals) are NEVER eligible to be kept as personal pets in Florida.

Personal pet permits are only issued for animals which are captive bred and are obtained from a legal permitted source.

Any injured, orphaned, or abandoned animals must be brought to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for rehabilitation.

Caring for sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife beyond the time necessary to transport the animal to a permitted rehabilitator is against the law and must be done by PERMITTED WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS.

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