You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida
fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Get Your Permit – Stay Legal While Hunting Fossils in Florida

If you think you might want to collect a few fossils while in Florida, make sure you apply for and receive your Florida Fossil Permit in advance.

However, it’s not necessary for collecting shark teeth.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Permit Applications

Florida Fossil Permits are $5 a year.

Here is the link: Florida Fossil Permit Application and Permit.

They do ask that you send an annual report of your finds.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Prohibited Actions

Even when you hold a Florida Fossil Permit, you are prohibited from destroying, defacing, buying or selling of vertebrate fossils found on or under land owned or leased by the state and on land in state-designated vertebrate paleontological sites.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Your Responsibilities When Collecting

The permittee must abide by all the provisions contained in Florida Statutes § 1004.575-576 and the University of Florida Regulation implementing this law.

This means allowing accredited institutions the option for temporary or permanent loan of the fossils you find under permission of your Florida Fossil Permit so they can study, display, or curate them.

*Photos of collections that are located at the Venice Dive Center and Florida West Scuba and Charters.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Fines and Charges

Participating in any of the prohibited actions without first obtaining a Florida Fossil Permit is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of no more than $500 or six month and under imprisonment in the county jail, and the fossil will be confiscated.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Submitting Images of Your Finds

The Florida Museum would like to see digital images of your fossil finds, and, in return, they will identify them! Hooray!

You can even post photos of your fossils on your website, and email them the address! Mailing specimens is also allowed, and they will be returned.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Great Resources

Best of all, there’s a large section on The Florida Museum’s website about preserving fossils! Removing deposits, preparation, conservation – it’s all covered here, and from the experts. It’s a whole book’s worth of information.

Just having access to this information is worth the $5 a year the Florida Fossil Permit will cost you.

fossil permit, You Need a Permit for Collecting Fossils in Florida

Doing the Right Thing Even When No One Is Watching

While some people might tell you there’s no enforcement, or that no one bothers; it’s still a good idea to apply for and receive your Florida Fossil Permit. My dive partner Bill has no interest in collecting bones, so he doesn’t maintain a permit. I do, so I do.

First of all, it’s the law. That’s enough for me. Secondly, our natural resources are not infinite, and what’s out there doesn’t really belong to me; it belongs to all of us. So, it’s best to be responsible and “do it right.”

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