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FLORIDA - Concealed Carry Permit Process

How Do I Apply for a Florida Concealed Carry Permit?


  • Step 1

COMPLETE a firearm training course, if required.
Online Applicants will skip Step 2

  • Step 2
SCHEDULE an appointment to complete the application at either a FDACS Regional Office or a Tax Collector’s Office.
  • Step 3

AT YOUR APPOINTMENT you will complete your application at a computer station. You will need the following items:

  • Driver’s license or State ID
  • Firearms training certificate

Staff will also take your fingerprints and photo at this time and you’ll be required to pay the fee.

  • OR

ONLINE APPLICANTS will need the following items:

  • Firearms Training certificate
  • Digital passport-style photo taken within the last 30 days

Submit your application and pay the fee. Within 90 days, have your fingerprints taken by a Division of Licensing Regional Office or Law Enforcement Agency.

  • Step 4

IN CERTAIN COUNTIES you may be required to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgment.

  • Step 5

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

What are the Fees and Terms?

  • $119 for initial license (includes fees)
    $57 for Resident renewals ($99 Non-Resident)
  • Active & Retired Florida Law enforcement officers only pay $77 for Initial Licenses
  • 7 Valid for Seven Years from Date of Issue
  • 90 90 Days to Process & Deliver - Veterans & Active Duty Service Can get Fast-Tracked

Where Can I find Application Forms?

What are the Florida Concealed Weapons License 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
  • Meet all federal law requirements

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?


Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits

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

RESIDENCY CHANGES
Moving to Florida and would like to apply for a resident license? How soon can you apply? Florida issues licenses to residents and non-residents. You can apply for your 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.

What are the 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:

  • 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, FDACS 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)
  • NRA training course
  • Documents of participation in an organized shooting competition

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Florida?


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. 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.

  • Step 1

DOWNLOAD the application form or
SUBMIT an online application.

  • Step 2

COMPLETE the application and PAY the fee.

  • Step 3

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX – You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

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