68A-6.003. Permit Requirements and Exceptions  

Effective on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • 1(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Title, no person shall possess any native or non-native wildlife in captivity except a authorized by permit issued in accordance with Section 30379.3761 31or 32379.3762, F.S., 34and as provided in this chapter.

    40(2) Persons possessing any captive wildlife for purposes of public display or sale shall obtain a permit as specified in Section 61379.3761, F.S.

    63(3) Class I wildlife shall not be possessed for personal use, except as follows:

    77(a) Any Class I wildlife possessed for personal use on August 1, 1980, shall be eligible for a permit in accordance with the provisions for Class II wildlife. Any Class II wildlife possessed as personal use wildlife in accordance with Section 118379.3762, F.S., 120that is uplisted to Class I upon the effective date of Rule 13268A-6.002, 133F.A.C., shall be eligible for a permit in accordance with the provisions of Class II wildlife. No other Class I wildlife shall be transferred or kept for personal use.

    1621. All Class I wildlife possessed for personal use in accordance with the provisions for Class II Wildlife, shall be permanently identified by means of tattoo, brand, passive integrated transponder (PIT tag), photographic identification, or other method that clearly and permanently identifies that particular specimen so as to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

    219a. For photographic identification the photograph of the specimen must include sufficient distinguishing characteristics (marks, scars, and patterns, etc.) to enable that particular specimen to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

    253b. Record of identification including PIT tag numbers where applicable, along with information about the specimen being identified (species, method of identification, specimen name or number, gender and age) must be maintained in the possessor’s records for as long as the specimen is possessed. Such records shall be made available for inspection, upon request, of commission personnel. A copy of such record shall be provided to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, upon annual renewal of the license issued in accordance with Section 341379.3761, F.S., 343and authorizing possession of such wildlife.

    3492. Effective Date: All permanent identification requirements in this rule shall not take effect until January 1, 2010.

    367(b) Persons possessing Class I wildlife for personal use shall comply with all provisions of this chapter relating to the personal use of wildlife.

    391(4) Persons possessing Class II wildlife as personal use wildlife shall purchase a permit as provided in Section 409379.3762, F.S.

    411(5) Persons possessing Class III wildlife as personal use wildlife shall obtain a no-cost permit from the Executive Director.

    430(6) Any person engaging in the business of breeding or the purchase or sale of exotic birds or birds customarily kept as pets shall be licensed as provided in Section 460379.3761, F.S.

    462(7) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to entities operating solely as research facilities, which are registered and regulated as such in accordance with Animal Welfare Act (4927 U.S.C. 2131, 495et. seq.) and regulations promulgated thereunder, provided the following requirements are met:

    507(a) Such facilities must maintain on premises a detailed research proposal which shall state with particularity the research objectives, methodology, and study duration, and outline planned safegaurds to assure proper containment of the wildlife. Maintain an annual record of progress toward the research project objectives. Such research proposal and record of progress shall be available for inspection upon request of Commission personnel.

    569(b) Such facilities housing wildlife must maintain such wildlife in cages or enclosures which meet the structural requirements as specified in Rules 68A-6.010 and 68A-6.011, F.A.C.

    595(8) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons possessing the following non-native wildlife species exclusively for the purpose of production of meat, skins or hides, feathers or progeny thereof, and not for personal possession or public display or exhibition:

    637(a) Ostrich

    639(b) Cassowary

    641(c) Rhea

    643(d) Emu

    645(e) Bison

    647(9) 648No permit shall be required for the sale of poultry, hamsters, guinea pigs, domestic rats and mice, gerbils, or chameleons (Anolis).

    669(10) Fox, skunks, bats, raccoons, or whitetail deer taken from the wild shall not be possessed as personal use wildlife and shall be possessed only in accordance with permits issued under Rules 70168A-9.002, 70268A-9.006, 703F.A.C., or Section 706379.3761, F.S.

    708(11) No permit shall be required to possess the following wildlife for personal use, unless possession of a species is otherwise regulated by other rules of the Commission:

    736(a) Reptiles or amphibians (nonvenomous, unprotected)

    742(b) Gerbils, hedgehogs

    745(c) Honey possums, sugar gliders

    750(d) Rats and mice

    754(e) Moles; shrews

    757(f) Rabbits

    759(g) Squirrels; chipmunks

    762(h) Ferrets (domestic; European)

    766(i) Guinea pigs

    769(j) Hamsters

    771(k) Prairie dogs

    774(l) Chinchillas

    776(m) Shell parakeets

    779(n) Canaries

    781(o) Lovebirds

    783(p) Cockatiels

    785(q) Parrots

    787(r) Finches

    789(s) Myna birds

    792(t) Toucans

    794(u) Doves; ringed, ruddy, and diamond

    800(v) Button quail

    803Rulemaking Authority Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 819379.3761, 820379.3762 FS. 822History–New 8-1-79, Amended 6-21-82, Formerly 39-6.03, Amended 6-1-86, 7-1-90, 7-1-92, 2-1-98, Formerly 39-6.003, Amended 1-1-08, 1-8-08, 8-27-09, 11-8-10, 12-6-10, 9-30-19.


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