Florida permit process

How To Get Your Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Whether you're new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed handgun permit may seem daunting. It doesn't have to be. There are many reasons and ways to carry a concealed weapon, but the first step is knowing Florida's concealed carry laws. Applying for a CWL varies by state.

Read about the process for getting a Florida Concealed Weapons License below.

Steps To Get A Florida Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

COMPLETE a firearms training course

Step 2:


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

Step 3:

SUBMIT your application either online or in person and pay the $97 fee as well as the optional $12 to $22 convenience fee the Tax Collector may require.

Step 4:

ONLINE APPLICATION: Have your fingerprints taken by a Division of Licensing Regional Office or law enforcement agency within 90 days of submitting your online application.

IN-PERSON APPLICATION: Staff will take your fingerprints and photo.

Step 5:

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX - You will receive or be denied within 90 days of your application.

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What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Florida?

Florida requires proof of competency with a firearm. One of the following certificates of completion is acceptable:

  • NRA training course
  • Hunter safety course that has been approved by the Florida Fish and 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 who 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)
  • Documents from participation in an organized shooting competition

No additional training is required for license renewals.

What Are the Florida License to Carry a Handgun 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, including live fire in the physical presence of an instructor (waived for current members of the military and honorably discharged veterans);
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Demonstrate competence with a firearm;
  • 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 (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority);
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years;
  • Not have had adjudication withheld or a sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three years have elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled;
  • Not have been convicted of a violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses;
  • Not have a record of drug or alcohol abuse;
  • 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 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, adjudged incompetent or mentally defective, 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; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Florida.

What are the Fees and Terms?

$97 for Initial Permit. Tax Collector may add $12-$22 convenience fee.

$45 Resident License Renewal. $87 Non-Resident License Renewal

Valid for Seven Years from Date of Issue

90 Day Processing Time

Where Can I Find Application Forms?

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

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

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.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Florida?

Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee. However, 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 1


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


Schedule an appointment online and bring the following documents:

  • Your unsigned application.
  • An acceptable picture ID; for example, a driver license or state-issued identification card.
  • Pay the fee.
  • 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 license, 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.

Step 2


 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.


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.


You should receive your license within two weeks.

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