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;
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.
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.