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I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Florida, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Based on our most recent research, the USCCA has identified just two states with statutes against carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask: California and Illinois (although sheriffs and county prosecutors in Illinois have made statements indicating that wearing a mask to protect others from COVID-19 while carrying a gun isn’t illegal as long as the wearer isn’t wearing the mask while committing a crime). Due to the large number of inquiries, some states have publicly addressed their laws regarding wearing masks actually refer to individuals concealing their identity with the intention to commit illegal acts or to specifically hide their identity, and do not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm. Both the Fort Myers Police Department and Hillsborough County officials have clarified that there is no law against carrying a gun while wearing a mask. 

The following statutes were identified in Florida, 

  • 876.12 Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public way.—No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road, highway, or other public way in this state.

    876.13 Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public property.—No person or persons shall in this state, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be, or appear upon or within the public property of any municipality or county of the state.

These laws apply when the masks are worn with the intent to deprive any person or class of persons of their civil rights, 

If you have further questions, we recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement office, or district attorney.

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Summary of Florida Gun Laws

Florida is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. Buyers must be at least 21 years old to purchase any firearm and although several counties have enacted ordinances establishing waiting periods for some purchases from non-licensed sellers (often at gun shows), CWL holders are exempt.

Open carry is not legal in Florida, except for a few limited exceptions such as when engaged in fishing, camping, lawful hunting or target practice at an indoor range.

Concealed carry is legal for residents with a Florida Concealed Weapons License (CWL) and for non-residents with a CCW permit from a state that Florida honors. The Florida CWL allows holders of the license to carry not only a handgun but also other weapons such as electronic weapons, tear gas guns, billie clubs and knives. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, or a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran and have completed a firearms training course. CWLs are issued to residents and non-residents. In terms of reciprocity, Florida will only honor resident CCW licenses from states with which Florida has a reciprocity agreement.

Florida is a Castle Doctrine state. Under Florida law, there is no duty to retreat if you are attacked in any place you have a lawful right to be. Instead, you may stand your ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others. 

Florida Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Florida allow constitutional carry?

No. Florida does not recognize constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Florida?

Generally no.  However, there are a few exceptions including the following:

  • A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
  • A person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of any such person while engaged in the lawful course of such business; and
  • A person firing weapons for testing or target practice under safe conditions and in a safe place not prohibited by law or going to or from such place.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.25]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Florida requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue. Florida utilizes a shall-issue policy when assigning concealed carry permits.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Florida to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age for concealed carry in Florida is 21 years old, or a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Florida with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

Yes. Electronic weapons or devices, tear gas guns, knives and billies.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(1)]

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Florida?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. They can be openly carried for defensive purposes. However, they are not allowed at  school-sponsored events or on the property of any school, school bus, or school bus stop without authorization.

[Fla. Stat.§§ 790.01(3)(b), 790.115 and 790.053]

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Florida?

Yes, pepper spray is legal when carried solely for purposes of lawful self-defense and provided the device contains not more than two ounces of chemical.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.053(2)(a)]

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Florida issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Florida issues licenses to non-residents.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Florida allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Florida?

Yes, with a Florida Concealed Weapons License or a CCW permit from a state that Florida honors. Without a permit, the firearm or other weapon must be securely encased or otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, locked or unlocked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, locked or unlocked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.251]
[Fla. Stat. § 790.25(5)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Florida?

Yes. with a Florida Concealed Weapons License or a CCW permit from a state that Florida honors.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Florida?

Yes, with a Florida Concealed Weapons License or a CCW permit from a state that Florida honors except as forbidden by federal law. See the National Parks webpage for links to each Park in Florida.

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Florida?

You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol with a Florida concealed carry permit or a permit/license from a state that Florida honors, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(12)(a)(12)]

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Florida?

Florida statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Florida have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

No public or private employer may prohibit a customer, employee or invitee from possessing a legally owned firearm or ammunition locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot. In addition, no employer may inquire regarding the presence of a firearm or ammunition inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot or search a private motor vehicle in a parking lot to ascertain the presence of a firearm within the vehicle. Further, no employer may take any action against a customer, employee or invitee based upon verbal or written statements of any party concerning possession of a firearm or ammunition stored inside a private motor vehicle in a parking lot for lawful purposes.

Employers may not condition employment on whether the applicant possesses a license to carry a concealed firearm or on the existence of an agreement by the applicant not to possess a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle in a parking lot.

There are exceptions for correctional institutions, nuclear-powered electricity generation facilities, national defense businesses, aerospace businesses, homeland security businesses, and businesses that involve the manufacture, use, storage, or transportation of combustible or explosive materials. Please note that School districts may adopt written and published policies that prohibit the possession of concealed firearms within the interior of a private vehicle for the purposes of student and campus parking privileges.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.251(7)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Florida?

No. You have no duty to reveal that you are carrying a concealed weapon unless the officer asks.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(1)]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Florida have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. Florida does not restrict the capacity of magazines for firearms.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Florida have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing bullets, exploding bullets, “dragon’s breath” shotgun shells, bolo shells and flechette shells are prohibited.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.31(2)]

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Florida? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. Florida does not enforce "No Weapons Allowed" signs.

Preemption?

Does Florida have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The state has full preemption over all gun laws for handguns and long guns. In addition, a local official who knowingly and willfully violates the statute shall be fined up to $5,000; may not be indemnified for the costs of defending himself or herself; and may be removed from office by the governor.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.33]

Red Flag Law?

Does Florida have a red flag law?

Yes. A petition for a risk protection order may be filed by a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency prohibiting the respondent from having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving, a firearm or any ammunition for up to 12 months.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.401(1)(a), (2)(a)]

Brandishing?

Does Florida state law define brandishing?

No. However, if any person having or carrying any dirk, sword, sword cane, firearm, electric weapon or device, or other weapon shall, in the presence of one or more persons, exhibit the same in a rude, careless, angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense, the person so offending shall be guilty of improper exhibition of a firearm.

[Fla. Stat. Ann. § 790.10]

Carry while using alcohol or chemical substances?

Does Florida have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or chemical substances?

Not while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in § 877.111, or any substance controlled under § 893, when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired.

[Fla. Stat.§ 790.151]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Florida?

No. A permit is not required when purchasing a handgun in Florida. The minimum age to purchase a firearm is 21.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Florida?

No. Florida has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer. However, the Florida Constitution states the following:

"Each county shall have the authority to require a criminal history records check and a three to five day waiting period (excluding weekends and legal holidays) in connection with the sale of any firearm occurring within such county. For purposes of this subsection, the term 'sale' means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration for any firearm when any part of the transaction is conducted on property to which the public has the right of access. Holders of a concealed weapons permit as prescribed by general law shall not be subject to the provisions of this subsection when purchasing a firearm."

[Fla. Const. art. VIII, § 5(b)]

Florida Permit Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Florida concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

No.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Florida?

Yes, it is either 3 business days or the time it takes to complete the required criminal background check — whichever occurs later. However, the waiting period does not apply to holders of concealed weapons permits.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Florida?

No. Florida does not require handgun registration.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Florida?

You must be at least 18 years old to possess or transport a handgun in Florida, except in the following situations.

A minor under 18 years of age may not possess a firearm, other than an unloaded firearm at his or her home, unless:

  • The minor is engaged in a lawful hunting activity and is:
    1. At least 16 years of age; or
    2. Under 16 years of age and supervised by an adult. 
  • The minor is engaged in a lawful marksmanship competition or practice or other lawful recreational shooting activity and is:
    1. At least 16 years of age; or
    2. Under 16 years of age and supervised by an adult who is acting with the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.
  • The firearm is unloaded and is being transported by the minor directly to or from an event authorized in paragraph (a) or paragraph (b).

[Fla. Stat. §§790.17 and 790.22]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a permit?

Yes. Anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm may open or conceal carry in his or her home or place of business without a permit.

[Fla. Stat. § 70.25(3)(n)]

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Florida?

Yes.

(3)...it is lawful for the following persons to own, possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons, ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes:
(h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition.

[Fla. Stat. 790.25(3)(h)]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Florida?

Yes.

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Florida?

Yes. A person may not intentionally, within a publicly or privately owned wildlife management or fish management area or on any state-owned water body:

  • Interfere with or attempt to prevent the lawful taking of fish, game, or nongame animals by another;
  • Attempt to disturb fish, game, or nongame animals or attempt to affect their behavior with the intent to prevent their lawful taking by another.

[Fla. Stat. 379.105]

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State Constitutional Provision
(a) The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law. (b) There shall be a mandatory period of three days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, between the purchase and delivery at retail of any handgun. For the purposes of this section, ‘purchase’ means the transfer of money or other valuable consideration to the retailer, and ‘handgun’ means a firearm capable of being carried and used by one hand, such as a pistol or revolver. Holders of a concealed weapon permit as prescribed in Florida law shall not be subject to the provisions of this paragraph. (c) . . . anyone violating the provisions of subsection (b) shall be guilty of a felony. (d) This restriction shall not apply to a trade in of another handgun. The legislature of the State of Florida, in a declaration of policy incorporated in its "Weapons and Firearms" statute, recognizes that adult citizens of the state retain their constitutional right to keep and bear firearms for hunting and sporting activities and for defense of self, family, home and business and as collectibles."
ARTICLE 1, § 8

Florida Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Florida honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Arizona (resident permits only)
Arkansas (resident permits only)
Colorado (resident permits only)
Delaware (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Georgia (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Idaho (resident permits only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Iowa (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Kansas (resident permits only)
Kentucky (resident permits only)
Louisiana (resident permits only)
Maine (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Mississippi (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Missouri (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (resident permits only)
Nevada (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
New Mexico (resident permits only)
North Carolina (resident permits only)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Ohio (resident permits only)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Tennessee (resident permits only)
Texas (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Utah (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Virginia (resident permits only)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old and resident permits only)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Florida will only honor resident CCW licenses from states with which Florida has a reciprocity agreement. The minimum age to carry in Florida is 21 years old. Residents must have a Florida Concealed Weapons License (CWL) in order to carry in the state.


Other States' Reciprocity With Florida

Which states honor permits from Florida?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Florida

Florida law allows permit holders to conceal carry stun guns, billy clubs and knives. However, the laws in the above states only allow for handguns and pistols to be conceal carried. In addition, some states will honor only resident Florida permits, and they are noted.

Florida offers resident and non-resident permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Florida resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).

Alabama (handguns only)
Colorado (handguns only and resident permits only)
Georgia (handguns only)
Indiana (handguns only)
Louisiana (handguns only)
Michigan (handguns only and resident permits only)
Nebraska (handguns only)
Nevada (handguns only)
New Mexico (handguns only)
North Carolina (handguns only)
Ohio (handguns only)
Pennsylvania (handguns only and resident permits only)
South Carolina (handguns only and resident permits only)
Tennessee (handguns only)
Texas (handguns only)
Virginia (handguns only)
Wisconsin (only non-resident permits that have been issued/renewed after 8/1/2013)
Wyoming (handguns only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 18 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (handguns only and if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old, or a member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class;
  • Not suffer from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a weapon or firearm;
  • Not be ineligible to possess a firearm due to a felony conviction;
  • Not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages or other substances to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired;
  • Not have two or more DUI convictions within the previous 3 years;
  • Not have convictions for a violent crime in the last 3 years, either misdemeanor or felony; 
  • Not been adjudicated an incapacitated person, unless 5 years have elapsed since the applicant’s restoration to capacity by court order;
  • Not have been committed to a mental institution, unless the applicant produces a certificate from a licensed psychiatrist stating that he or she has not suffered from disability for at least 5 years prior;
  • Not have had an adjudication of guilt withheld or the imposition of a sentence suspended on any misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless 3 years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled, or the record has been expunged;
  • Not have been issued an injunction that is currently in force and effect and that restrains the applicant from committing acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violence; 
  • Not be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm by any other provision of Florida or federal law;
  • Demonstrate competence with a firearm; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

$97, however the Tax Collector may add a $12 - $22 convenience fee.

Permit renewals are $57 for residents and $99 for non-residents.

Valid For:

7 years

Processing Time:

90 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Florida issues licenses to non-residents.The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Notify the Division of Licensing in writing within 30 days after a change of address. You may change your address online or submit your notification to us in writing at the following address:

Division of Licensing
P.O.Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6387

Effective February 12, 2010, the Division of Licensing no longer prints the licensee's residence address on the Florida concealed weapon license. The law does not require you to obtain a revised license after a change of address so you may continue to carry your current license until it expires. If, however, you would like a revised license, please send a written request with a check or money order in the amount of $15 made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You do not need to send a passport-type color photograph until it is time to renew your license.

For name changes, provide a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or court documentation.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You will need to submit a notarized statement explaining that your license has been lost, stolen or destroyed and a $15 replacement fee to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Mail your request to:

Division of Licensing 
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6387

Residency Changes:

Moving to Florida and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
Florida issues licenses to residents and non-residents. You can apply for your Florida resident license once you have registered to vote, made a statement of domicile or filed for a homestead tax exemption on property in Florida. If you have a valid concealed carry license issued in your former home state, that license remains in effect for 90 days following the date on which you establish legal state residence in Florida.

Moving from Florida and have a Florida resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Florida license remains valid?
If a person with a Florida concealed weapons license establishes residency in another state, the license is valid until it expires provided you notify the Division of Licensing of your change of address as required.


Florida Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:

Make an appointment to complete the online application at either a FDACS Regional Office or a Tax Collector’s Office. There is no need to complete an application in advance.

Step 3:

Go to your appointment. You will complete your application at a computer station. You will need the following documents:

  • Driver’s license or State ID and
  • Training certificate.

Staff will take your fingerprints and your photo. 
You will pay the fee.

Step 4:

Some counties may require you to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgment.

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Online Application Process 
Step 1: Complete your firearms training course, if required.
Step 2: You will need the following documents:

  • Your firearms training certificate and
  • A digital, passport-style photo taken within the last 30 days.

Submit your application and pay the fee.
Step 3: Within 90 days of submitting your online application, have your fingerprints taken by a Division of Licensing Regional Office or Law Enforcement Agency.
Step 4: You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
 

Note to Military Members and Veterans
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is now expediting all Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications submitted by active military members and veterans.

Active military personnel who want to apply for a concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications. FDACS will also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status.

Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.


Firearms Training Requirements in Florida

You may need to complete a training course that includes live-fire using a firearm and ammunition. A copy of a certificate from one of the following courses is required:

  • NRA training course;
  • Hunter safety course that has been approved by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or by a similar organization in another state;
  • Any firearms safety course offered by a college, law enforcement agency, private or public institution, with instructors that are certified by the NRA, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or Criminal Justice Training Commission;
  • A firearms training course with a state-certified instructor;
  • DD form 214 or military orders (for active duty or former members of the military); or
  • Documents from participation in an organized shooting competition.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Florida Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Approximately 150 days prior to the expiration date of your license, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will send you a renewal form with complete instructions on how to renew your license. If you fail to renew your license by its expiration date, you may renew it up to 6 months after it has expired. However, there is a late fee of $15 for renewing after the expiration date.

If your license has been expired for longer than 6 months, it cannot be renewed. You must apply for a new license.

There are three options for renewal: online, in person at an FDACS regional office or an authorized Florida tax collector's office in your area, or by mail. 

Step 2:

If renewing in person, schedule an appointment online and take the following documents.

  • Your unsigned application.
  • An acceptable picture ID; for example, a driver license or state-issued identification card.
  • Payment method: cash, check, debit or credit card. Please note, our third-party payment processor will charge a 2.5% convenience fee for credit and debit card transactions. Checks must be made payable to David Jordan, Lake County Tax Collector and not to the Department of Agriculture.
  • Regional offices will accept payment by personal check, cashier’s check or money order. Regional offices cannot accept cash and cannot accept credit or debit cards for renewals.
  • Tax collector offices may charge an additional convenience fee of up to $12 for renewal licenses. Contact your local tax collector to determine the precise amount you will need to pay and which payment methods are accepted.
  • If arrested since the last issuance of your concealed weapon permit, for a non-disqualifying offense, bring with you certified copies of the court documentation reflecting the final disposition of the charge(s) filed against you.
  • Any legal documentation associated with a name change.
  • Your renewal notice.

A tax collector deputy will take your photograph and submit your renewal application electronically to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for processing. Staff will also take fingerprints when applicable; fingerprints are required for out-of-state renewals.

If renewing by mail, complete your renewal form and mail it to the address below: 

Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Renewal 
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6387

Step 3:

At a regional office: You should be able to complete the entire process of applying for a renewal license in an hour or less. Your application will be processed while you wait and you will receive your license in minutes.

At a tax collector's office: Eligible Florida residents should be able to complete the entire process of applying for a renewal license in an hour or less; your application will be processed while you wait and you will receive your license in minutes. If you are a non-Florida resident or your application requires a name change, you will receive your license by mail.

If renewing by mail, you should receive your license within two weeks of the date we receive your application.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired/separated LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

The State of Florida adopted Fla. Stat. § 943.132 in order to facilitate implementation of LEOSA. The Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) established firearms qualification standards and authorized a process under Fla. Admin. Code Rule 11B-27.014 that allows qualified RLEOS to seek to satisfy the firearms proficiency portion of HR 218. The law authorizes the CJSTC to issue a confirmation card to persons who pass the firing range testing component. The proficiency is based on meeting the firearms minimums applied to active officers. The law authorizes, but does not require, agencies to open their ranges to retirees. 

Several county Police Agencies/Sheriff’s Offices conduct qualification shoots. RLEOs should contact their local county police dept to determine if LEOSA qualification can be obtained through these organizations.


Florida Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Florida?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes. Without a permit the firearm or other weapon must be securely encased or otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Carry in Florida State Fairgrounds? Yes.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Florida?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building;
  • Any college or university facility;
  • Any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms;
  • Any area of a vocational-technical center;
  • Any career center;
  • Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05;
  • Any police, sheriff or highway patrol station;
  • Any detention facility, prison or jail;
  • Any courthouse or courtroom;
  • Any polling place;
  • Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof, or any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality or special district;
  • Any hospital providing mental health services;
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises;
  • Savannas State Reserve;
  • Inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport; and 
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(12)(a)]


FAQ: Florida Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Florida?

Open carry of knives is legal. All types of knives are legal with the exception of ballistic knives. A Florida CWL is required in order to concealed carry a knife.


Florida Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-06-30

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-06-26

Added link to National Parks to At A Glance table

2020-06-04

Added info and statutory links for ammunition restrictions in At A Glance table

2020-05-05

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-17

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-03

Added statutory link and details on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-25

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-18

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-13

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-28

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2020-01-10

Updated info on carry while using alcohol or controlled substances in At A Glance table

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-11-15

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-10-31

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-14

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

2019-09-06

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-24

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-07-15

Updated the non-resident permit info

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-26

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-23

Added info regarding military members and veterans permits being expedited in permit info section

2019-04-17

Links checked

2019-03-25

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-20

Updated the open carry exceptions in the At A Glance table

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added info about alcohol or prescription medication to At A Glance able

2019-01-10

Mag limit info added to At A Glance table

2019-01-08

Revised the AAG parking lot storage exceptions

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