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Florida Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 07/15/2019
Carry allowed with my Florida permit?
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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 with a license/permit. The Florida Concealed Weapons License (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 (18 for active-duty military) 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. 

Permits Issued
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Reciprocating States.
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Florida Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Florida allow constitutional carry?


Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Florida?

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

(h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
(i) 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;
(j) 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.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

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


Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

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

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

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(1)]
Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Florida issue concealed carry permits 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 firearm in a vehicle in Florida?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit. 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?


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?


Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, in the restaurant area only, unless posted.

[Fla. Stat. § 790.06(12)(a)(12)]
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?

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Florida have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?


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.

"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.



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)]

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

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 [790.01(3)(b)]. They can be openly carried for defensive purposes [790.053].

(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, Section 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 (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Idaho (resident permits only)
Indiana (resident permits only; at least 21 years old)
Iowa (resident permits only)
Kansas (resident permits only)
Kentucky (resident permits only)
Louisiana (resident permits only)
Maine (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Mississippi (resident permits only)
Missouri (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (resident permits only)
Nevada (resident permits only)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
North Carolina (resident permits only)
North Dakota (resident permits only; at least 21 years old)
Ohio (resident permits only)
Oklahoma (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)
South Dakota (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Tennessee (resident permits only)
Texas (resident permits only)
Utah (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Virginia (resident permits only)
West Virginia (resident permits only and 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.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Florida

Which states honor permits from Florida?

Note: Firearms laws vary with each state, and a Florida license holder will be subject to the laws of whatever state in which they are traveling.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Florida

Which states honor permits from Florida with restrictions?

Alabama (handguns only)
Colorado (resident permits only and handguns only)
Georgia (handguns only)
Indiana (handguns only)
Louisiana (handguns only)
Michigan (resident permits only and handguns only)
Nebraska (handguns only)
Nevada (handguns only)
New Mexico (handguns only)
North Carolina (handguns only)
Ohio (handguns only)
Oklahoma (handguns only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only and handguns only)
South Carolina (resident permits only and handguns only)
Tennessee (handguns only)
Texas (handguns only)
Utah (handguns only)
Virginia (handguns only)
Wyoming (handguns only)

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.

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.

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

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Florida Concealed Carry Permit Information


An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • 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.

$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


In Person (Fast Track) & Mail-In Application Processes
Link to application

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Florida does grant non-resident permits, and non-residents can apply in the same way as residents. However, non-residents will need to submit paper fingerprint cards, with the prints having been done by their local law enforcement agency, and ensure the address of the agency has been entered on the back of the fingerprint card. If the address is missing, the application will be returned.

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

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete your firearms 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 will 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:

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 restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, in the restaurant area only, unless posted.
  • 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 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;
  • The Seaport;
  • 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.

FAQ: Florida Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Florida?


Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Florida?


Are background checks required for private gun sales in Florida?


Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm 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.

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 conceal carry a knife.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in FL?

Not while under the influence, per 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.

Related Information & Links for Florida Gun Laws

Florida Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details

Updated the non-resident permit info


Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


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


Links checked


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


Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table


Updated the open carry exceptions in the At A Glance table


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


Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table


Added church info to location restrictions section


Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication


Mag limit added to At A Glance table


Revised the AAG parking lot exceptions


Added preemption info to At A Glance table


Added parking lot info to At A Glance table


Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Florida

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