Apply for a Non-Profit Solicitor's Permit for Charitable Donations

Do you want to collect charitable donations in the city?

Individuals and non-commercial groups who want to collect donations for a patriotic, public, philanthropic or political charity must register with the Orlando Police Department.


Step 1.Check your eligibility

You do NOT need to register with the city if:

  • You are an organization collecting donations from your own membership.
  • You are collecting donations on behalf of a school, college or university or by an organization sponsored by such.
  • You are a governmental agency acting within the scope of your authority.
  • You are representing a candidate for election.
  • Your solicitation is a constitutionally guaranteed exercise of your First Amendment rights.

Step 2.Gather your materials

You will need to provide:

  • Name of organization you are representing.
  • A notarized letter on company letterhead that gives you permission to get a permit under the name of that organization. 
  • Proof that you have registered with the State of Florida as a nonprofit organization.
  • A copy of your tax-exempt certificate.
  • A copy of your driver's license.
  • Details on where you intend to solicit.
  • Proposed dates. 
  • Contact name and phone number.

Step 3.Complete a registration form

Fill Out the Form

Step 4.We will contact you

We will review your form and contact you via email within five business days.

Step 5.Renew your permit

If you want continue to solicit for non-charitable donations, you will be required to renew your permit prior to the expiration date.

Please follow steps 2 and 3 to renew. There is a $10 fee for renewal.


Dangerous and aggressive behavior is prohibited, regardless of whether or not a solicitor has registered. According to City Code, solicitors may not: 

  • Block the entrance or exit of any legal parking area or structure.
  • Harass people.
  • Follow anyone or group with the intent to harass them.
  • Continue to actively solicit someone after receiving a clear refusal.
  • Solicit someone who is using an automated teller machine (ATM).
  • Enter private property when a “No Solicitors” sign is posted.
  • Collect anything from, or give anything to, the occupant of a vehicle stopped at a traffic light or stop sign.