Florida Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Florida Concealed Carry FAQ’s

Does Florida issue concealed carry permits?

Florida is a Shall Issue State and Florida issues concealed weapons licenses.

In 1987, Florida passed a concealed weapon license law that was non-discretionary and guaranteed concealed weapon licenses to be issued to anyone in Florida that meets the set requirements.

This law was revised in 1993 to allow any citizen not living in the Florida obtain a Florida Concealed Weapon License.

As of 12/31/2014, Florida has issued 1,345,558 concealed weapon licenses.

Who issues Florida Concealed Weapons Licenses

Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses are issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You can visit their Concealed Weapons License homepage here.

Are background checks required for a Florida Concealed Weapon License?

There is a background check but not NICS. Your permit is currently issued by the Department of Agriculture which is not a law enforcement agency, and therefore cannot do the NICS check required by federal law. Only “law enforcement agencies” can access NICS, and therefore the federal exemption that normally applies to concealed weapon permits, does not apply to those issued in Florida.

Does having a concealed weapon license or permit exempt you from the background check when purchasing a gun Florida?

No. Due to Federal Laws, having a Florida Concealed Weapon License or any other state’s concealed weapon license or permit does not exempt you from the background check when purchasing a gun in the state of Florida.

How long is a Florida Concealed Weapon License valid for?

Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses that were issued on or after June 11, 2008 are valid for seven years.

Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses that were issued before June 11, 2008 are only valid for five years.

You can find the expiration date on the front of your license.

What is the processing time for an Florida Concealed Weapons License?

The processing time for a Florida Concealed Weapon License is approximately 90 days from the date they receive your application.

You can check the status of your application by using the Concealed Weapon License Application Online Status Check.

Private Investigation, Recovery and Security Licenses can be checked here for Individuals and here for Agencies.

How much does an Florida Concealed Weapons License cost?

The initial fee for a Florida Concealed Weapon License for residents and non-residents is $112 which includes a $42 fingerprint processing fee and a $70 initial license fee.

Renewals for residents cost $60 and for non-residents is $102 which includes a $42 fingerprint processing fee.

To obtain a revised or duplicate copy of your Florida Concealed Weapon License, the cost is 15.

There is no $42 fingerprint processing fee for Active Florida Law Enforcement Officers. If you are a Florida Law Enforcement Officer that has retired within a year, there is no initial fees. If you have been retired for more than one year, the initial fee is $72 which includes a $40 fingerprint processing fee and a $30 initial license fee. Renewals for all retired Florida Law Enforcement Officers cost $30.

There are no charges whatsoever for active Judges.

The initial and renewal fees for a Consular Security Official is $300.

What are the requirements for an Florida Concealed Weapons License?

To obtain a Florida Concealed Weapon License, you must be 21 years of age or older and display competency with a firearm.

You must currently reside in the US and be a US Citizen or permanent resident alien. If you are deployed with the Military, you must submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. If you are a permanent resident alien you must provide your Permanent Resident Alien card.

What can cause a Florida Concealed Weapons License application to be denied?

The following is a list of things that can cause an application to be denied.

  • The physical inability to handle a firearm safely.
  • A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).
  • Having adjudication withheld or 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.
  • A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.
  • A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.
  • A record of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.
  • Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.
  • Failing to provide proof of proficiency with a firearm.
  • Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.
  • Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.
  • A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Being a fugitive from justice.

Detailed explanations of these various disqualifying conditions are provided in the Application Instructions for the Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

How do I renew my Florida Concealed Weapons License and what is the cost?

You will receive a renewal form with instructions approximately 150 before your license expires. You should submit your renewal as soon as possible to give them sufficient time to process your application. Send all renewal applications to:

Division of Licensing
Post Office Box 6387
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6387

You may also renew your permit at a Division of Licensing regional office. You must call the office to schedule an appointment.

If your license has expired, you have up to 30 days to renew the permit. If it has been more than 30 days you must apply for a new permit.

How do you change a name or address on an Florida Concealed Weapons License?

To request a name change, provide a written request along with a copy of the legal document that verifies your name change. To obtain a revised license include a $15 check or money order made out to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To save $15, you may also keep your existing license and submit the name change request along with your renewal application and we will issue your renewal license with your legal name.

You are required to notify the Division of Licensing within 30 days of changing your address. You can submit an address change through their online form here or submit the change in writing to:

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

Your residence is no longer printed on the license so there is no need to pay $15 a duplicate license when changing your address.

What do you do if your Florida Concealed Weapons License is lost, stolen or damaged?

If your Florida Concealed Weapon License is lost, stolen or damage, you can obtain a duplicate for a fee of $15. Submit a notarized written statement explaining if your license was lost, stolen or damaged along with a check or money order made out to the Division of Licensing to:

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

Can I transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Florida?

Florida does not allow you to transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Florida. You must apply for a new Florida Concealed Weapon License.

If you are moving to Florida and have a concealed weapon license or permit from another state that recognizes Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses, your permit is valid for 90 days from the date that you established legal residence via registering to vote, making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17, or filing for homestead tax exemption on property in Florida.

Do I need to inform Law Enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?

There is no Florida law that requires you to inform Law Enforcement that you are carrying a concealed weapon. You are only required to carry your Florida Concealed Weapon License and valid identification when carrying concealed and display both upon demand by a law enforcement officer.

“790.06 …. The licensee must carry the license, together with valid identification, at all times in which the licensee is in actual possession of a concealed weapon or firearm and must display both the license and proper identification upon demand by a law enforcement officer. Violations of the provisions of this subsection shall constitute a noncriminal violation with a penalty of $25, payable to the clerk of the court“

Does Florida issue Florida Concealed Weapon License to resident aliens with a green card?

Yes. Florida issues Concealed Weapon Licenses to lawful permanent resident aliens that have been deemed so by Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

How does a resident of Florida apply for Florida Concealed Weapon License?

There are 3 ways to apply for a Florida Concealed Weapon License. The first is using their Fast Track Process which allows you to make an appointment at one of eight Division of Licensing regional offices to complete and submit your application.

The second option is to use the Concealed Weapon Intake System (CWIS) which allows you to make an appointment at one of five authorized Florida tax collectors offices to complete and submit your application.

The third option is to mail in your application. You can download the application here as well as the application instructions here. You will also have to contact your law enforcement office to submit your fingerprints electronically.

How does a non-resident of Florida apply for a Florida Concealed Weapon License?

The application process for non-residents of Florida is the same as it is for residents of Florida. You can find out how to apply in the question above.

What are the laws for carrying a firearm in an automobile in Florida?

With a Florida Concealed Weapon License or a license or permit from a state that Florida recognizes licenses or permits from, you are allowed to carry concealed in a vehicle.

If you do not have a recognized permit, you are allowed to carry firearm in a vehicle as long as it is securely encased or is not otherwise readily accessible. Examples of securely encased would be in a gun case, glovebox or in a holster with a retention strap. An example of not otherwise readily accessible would be locked in the trunk of your car.

What places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Florida?

The following is a list of places that are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Florida:

  • 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
  • any courtroom
  • any polling place
  • any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  • any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • any school administration building
  • sny portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;
  • any elementary or secondary school facility
  • any area technical center
  • any college or university facility
  • inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law

Does Florida have a Stand Your Ground Law AKA Castle Doctrine Law?

Florida is a Castle Doctrine state and does have a stand-your-ground law.

Home protection; use or threatened use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.

On April 26, 2005, SB-436 was signed into law and took affect on October 1, 2005.

What are the laws involving alcohol and carrying a concealed weapon in Florida?

The laws on drinking alcohol while carrying a firearm in Florida are a little unclear. The law states, “It is unlawful and punishable as provided in subsection (4) for any person who is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired, to use a firearm in this state.”

There is no clear definition of what “when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired” means.

USA Carry always recommends not to carry a firearm while drinking alcohol.

You are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon in any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose.

Does Florida have laws for No Gun signs?

Properties that display a No Gun sign do not have the force of law in Florida unless that property is specifically mentioned in the State Law as being off limits to permit holders.

If you are asked to leave a property then you must leave. Refusing is breaking the law and you can be charged.

What are the Florida Open Carry laws?

Please visit our Florida Open Carry page for more information.

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1/19/2015 – Format updated along with all information.

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  • Anonymous

    Updated Change of Address and Lost, Stolen or Damaged Permit sections.

  • Colts41sc

    Does Florida honor indianas concealed carry permit?

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Florida honors Indiana permits issued to residents of Indiana only.

  • John

    I understand some of the wimpy states that don’t honor Florida permits, but I never thought in a million years one of them would be Oregon. It seems to me if you are licensed to have a CCW, it should be honored in all states. If nothing less the Constitution should over ride any state authority. If you have met all the requirements for concealed carry that should be sufficient.

    • arnold

      as a retired police officer I agree with you 100%. your concealed weapon permit should be honored(valid) in all 50 states.The punks and thugs rob law abiding people because states like new york,new jersey have taken away the ability to legally get a carry permit to protect you and your family from these punks and thugs

      • Superman21674

        I never understood the concept of being allowed to carry in one state but not the other. I’m allowed to drive in all 50 states with my drivers license. So is one state better than another? I always thought it was one constitution for everyone.

        • Cjosias01

          Just be happy you guys are not from Illinois.  Its almost to the point where I want to move out of state.  I will be getting my non-resident FL liscence at the end of this month.

        • http://twitter.com/nickreichart Nicholas Reichart

          There’s a reason they are called “states” and no “provinces”

          • eyeonhudson

            There’s a reason the “full faith and credit” clause was included in the Constitution, and all of the states agreed to abide by it.

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            Let’s make a deal. I’ll accept your ‘gay marriage’ in my state if you honor my carry permit in yours.

          • callmechaz

            LOL. I love good sarcasm—especially when it gets right to the point.

          • USMC 69-75

            And that would be?

    • USMC 69-75

      That’s correct, just like your driver’s license. Can you imagine if your driver’s license was set up like your CWP?

  • Pro11jus

    can non residents get a florida permit?

    • Anonymous

      Does Florida issue concealed carry permits?
      Yes, Florida is a Shall Issue state and will issue concealed carry permits to Residents and Non-Residents that meet the state requirements for a Florida concealed carry permit.

    • Dew2652004

      No non residents may not get a fla permit.But your state may be honered in Fla.

      • Ken

        learn the law non residents can obtain a fla. carry concealed permit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xxB0R1KU4xBL1NGxx Eric Bling Noriega

      yes u can residents and non residents

  • kelley

    how do i get an application for a NON RESIDENT permit?

    • Jackwilliamf

      Go to the Florida department of agriculture and consumer services and scroll to the relevant section. You will still need to take a qualifying class or furnish a military DD214 as evidence of competency in weapons handling and discharge. You will need a fingerprint card filled out properly and two passport quality photos as well as the application  and proof of your passage of a very simple exam. Recommend that when you complete the package, you take 2 slices of cardboard to preserve the fingerprint card and photos from being bent and also rec sending it all by certified mail return receipt requested

  • Dude

     Contrary to the above, open carry *IS* allowed under limited circumstances such as “a person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;” 790.25(3)(h) Florida Statutes.

  • Cidwithme

    I agree with you, its the Constitution that I rely on, nothing else.  No state is going to tell me I can’t carry.  I carry everywhere I go and I’m all over the USA because I’m a private corporate jet pilot.  NY, NJ, CAL……………..doesn’t matter to me.  I’m going to protect my life, period.
    How stupid is it to tell someone they can protect themselves in one place….but not in another.  Thats hilarious.

    Case in point.  I have my gun with me now.  I’m on a trip that took us to Cal yesterday, we are in New Hamshire today.  We are leaving the jet here for two weeks.  I’m flying home on the airlines.  I’ll just put it in a case, lock it and have the airline check it in.  I do it all the time.

    Fact is…….the only way someone will ever know I have a concealed weapon is i nthe event I have to use it for lawful self defense or to stop someone from hurting/killing me.  If that happens…who gives a damn what law was broken…..BECAUSE I’M ALIVE.  And since I’ve never been in the slightest kind of trouble in my life, I’m not worried in the least at what charges MIGHT be filed against me.

    I will never be unprotected.  Criminals carry guns and knives everywhere, I will carry my gun everywhere.

    • Chris

      Right on!!!  This is especially crucial because the federal government is not doing it’s number one job to protect the borders of these united states of America by letting all these  illegals in and prosecuting the states that WANT to enforce their own borders and protect their people!

        Any officer, agent, employee etc.. that takes the oath to uphold, protect, and defend their state Constitution and the Constitution FOR the United States of America and then violates that oath when they take office, immediately vacates that office and is NOT an officer, agent, or employee of anything, therefore an imposter!

      Anyone who violates the oath of office is NOT of that office! It is the adherence to the strict confines of the Constitutions FOR the a particular state and the Constitution FOR The United States of America that qualifies one to legitimately hold ANY office!

      NO ONE has the right to deprive you of defending your life, or the life of your loved ones against violent criminal attack with deadly force, especially one who violates their oath of office by then wanting to prosecute you for doing so! One such as this, is NOT FIT to hold office and can not be trusted to “do the peoples business”!

      The de jure state & federal constitutions are the muzzle that confines the dog called “government” from biting it’s master, the people! Anyone who wishes or works toward weakening, or removing this muzzle is an enemy of the people and therefore not fit to hold office of any kind!

    • Kanith

      You are still vulnerable in the airline terminal after you fly because you have locked the gun away. Armed people can be in the terminal.

      • DucatiDrew

        Realisticly the probability of one having a gun at airport is low. Second, airports are a “cash cow” for local police agencies and with airports funding much of the police departments budget the airport gets more then enough protection. I am a 20 year Airport / Aviation Consultant.

    • Dennis19521

      I support your article. But be very careful going into NY Bloomberg take a weapon into NY you go to jail. No questions answered. So far I belive they have 4 people in jail.He is stricly anti gun. He does not make a distiction between good guy and bad. So far its the law abiding citizen and not the criminalsl

      • Warchief

         I agree I,m from NYC and we cant carry there, They say that only
        Celebrities, wealthy people and Poilitician etc can carry ,,There’s Only
        one problem with that,,  THEY’RE NOT THE ONES GETTING ROBBED , RAPED
        They should just say the truth, the reason the system doesn’t want fire
        armes in people’s hands from the big cities is cause they want to
        control the masses, plus if the police in these big cities keep
        harrassing people the way they do the people would retaliate!!! Protect the Constitution, Fight For Freedom, Long Live America!!!

      • Liberty

        Ya and if that dude had his wife raped and family murdered before his eyes, he wouldn’t think twice about allowing citizens defend their family. Beliefs change as your life is affected… I have a 1 year old son, never really cared for guns when I was younger etc. It is my responsibility to raise him well, keep him safe and alive until he can reproduce and start his own family as a good moral person. My beliefs have changed. I have a few firearms now to protect my family from assholes who want to intervene. At least I have a fair chance to prevent my wife from getting raped and my family slaughtered thanks to Florida laws. I will do whatever it takes to keep my family safe from harms way.

        2nd Amendment, God bless!

        • Anton

          No, Bloomberg would not be a victim of any home crime because he has armed protectors with him. I bet when those armed guards and police are not around him and his family Bloomberg himself has some kind of hand gun with him or in his home….

    • Warchief

       I agree I,m from NYC and we cant carry there, They say that only Celebrities, wealthy people and Poilitician etc can carry ,,There’s Only one problem with that,,  THEY’RE NOT THE ONES GETTING ROBBED , RAPED AND MURDERD !!! IT’S THE THE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T CARRY A FIREARM TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! THAT ARE BEING ROBBED RAPED AND MURDERD!!!  Unbelievable. They should just say the truth, the reason the system doesn’t want fire armes in people’s hands from the big cities is cause they want to control the masses, plus if the police in these big cities keep harrassing people the way they do the people would retaliate!!! Protect the Constitution, Fight For Freedom, Long Live America!!!

      • jroxx1121

        im from NYC too but now i live in fla and the first thing i did when i moved here was to get my carry permit. i live in the tampa area and the crime here is as bad as NY, but even worse in some ways because of all the guns available. why should only criminals have weapons? we need to be able to protect ourselves and our loved ones, just like the second amendment allows.

        • JRSP

          I agree with you. I’ve seen the tampa news, 3 home invasions in a single day. One of them a grandson who shot the robber who had his grandmother at gun point. I live in Sarasota and I know well enough crime will eventually come here. As with the economy being the shit it is, crime has increased. Florida has one of the highest unemployment rate. I’m originally from NY and visited family for the 4th of July, watched the news and 1 home invasion in Rochester, NY. 3 in Tampa (same day)… WTF?

          No matter what, criminals will find a way to obtain a firearm and the tax paying, good citizens should be able defend their family. In NY it’s extremely strict in obtaining a handgun however I feel people should be able to conceal carry. Crime doesn’t occur only in your home, it occurs else where. You could be walking down a street and a gang member starts harassing you, it’s 5 vs 1… remember the news story of the Floridian Soldier who was beaten down by 3 gang members (caught on camera)? Screw that… Those are criminals! I believe America needs to allow good citizens to make the criminals fear them, which is the 2nd amendment! Criminals would think twice before beating down an honorable soldier who is carrying a 45 and bear arms. If the soldier killed them, that’s 3 less criminals on the streets. The legal system is bullshit in many ways, violent criminals end up in prison and our tax money pays for their food, shelter, and living expense. If criminals do not care about innocent people, then why should innocent people care about criminals?

          • jroxx1121

            i agree with everything you said, especially about new yorkers being able to carry. if you are trained and certified, plus have your background checked, like here in florida, you should be able to carry anywhere in america like the constitution allows. i’m a firm believer in being able to protect yourself wherever you and your family go. why should criminals be the only ones to carry weapons? the average citizen shouldn’t be prey to those who are out to do us harm. armed citizens are actually a boon to law enforcement, especially when they cant be everywhere
            Subject: [usacarry] Re: Florida Concealed Carry Permit Information

          • Jose Salazar

            Well said!

        • Ammoguy

          The problem I have with Florida is they have an assinign system,.I already have a license from another state and Its taking me nearly 6 months to get a license here,.thats totally assinign. I need it now to protect my family

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      • don

        they will never admit what your asking of them you have to have a brain an alittle common sense to know what their really up to

      • GBA

        Sometimes protecting our selves and the constitution is exactly what they don’t want! Real Americans fight for freedoms that are now so gloomy. Protect yourself and your loved ones.

    • Jeff

      Cidwithme…the fact that you carry where you are not legally permitted to carry makes you a felon.

      • CGamid

        Actually, in order to be a felon you have to be committed of a felony. That being said, it looks like you miss the part where he stated that he doesn’t care if he’s breaking the law as long as he’s alive. Or the part where he says you won’t even notice that he has a gun unless he needs to use it for self defense. So yes, in the event he does need to pull out his illegally concealed weapon to defend his life, I agree with his argument that while he may go to jail, he’ll still be alive and then they will check and see his clean record.

        • http://twitter.com/_Conservatarian Jeff

          Ok, so he may not be a felon until he is convicted. His IS committing a felony by carrying where it isn’t legal. Yes, he may survive an attack, and spend time in prison. His record will not be spotless and he’ll never be allowed to own or handle a gun again. I didn’t say it was right, but that’s what we’re up against for now.

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            The only reason one might be a felon is because the state makes one a felon by stripping him of his constitutionally guaranteed firearm rights without a conviction or other due process. Of course the state would like to make all firearm owners felons if they thought they’d get away with it. I see carrying in these areas as civil disobedience. Who really gives a rat’s *** how the state views it.

          • USMC 69-75

            That’s right! I gun grabbers make you a felon to push their agenda by trying to remove your right to carry in some places, so your suppose leave your gun at home because your going to the post office, but you have to go through a bad section of town on the way? Stupid is as stupid does! The sheep will do what the “illegal” law makers want them to do, while real Americans will stand up for their rights and the sheeple’s rights as well!

          • Sgt Ed, USMC

            I couldn’t have said it better, Semper Fi. Ed Belfy, Sgt USMC, ’57-’61

          • USMC 69-75

            Semper Fi Sarge!

    • Gregory Mize, Ph.D.

      Well said!

    • bills1949

      tough talk, will get you in jail, get caught with that gun in new jersey, or new york city, and see how tough you talk then, you can spout off all u want, but you wont be if u get caught

      • Tommyboy

        either way you could be screwed… a victim of a crime or a victim of unconstitutional laws.

    • Kingston Hawke

      Sounds like a great idea… until you’re in jail for 10 years for breaking laws and you wish you were dead because you’re getting raped by other “criminals” that this weirdo system manipulated into slavery.

    • chris fischer

      How do you read the 2nd amendment as saying one has the right to carry a concealed weapon in public? You must be one parnoid person to feel the need to walk around in public with a loaded gun.

      • Johnathan

        “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
        SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Also, we’re not paranoid. We’re ready should someone pose an imminent threat to ourselves, our family, or others life and safety.

      • callmechaz

        That makes about as much sense as saying you are paranoid if you wear a seat belt or buy insurance, just because your chance of needing it is slim. The rest of your flawed logic assumes everyone is “walking around” in the same comfortable areas you traverse. Or that they have not already been victimized.

        If you or your family were under attacked on the street, you would give all you own for a CW. Yet you leave their safety to chance–while I chose to minimize risk.

    • FarSide2012

      thought TSA was breaking in to locked luggage these days.

  • allready

    funest thing …..what robber or cork or killer cares? this whole permet thing retarded and makes it much easyer fot the crminal elment when honest gun tototaing Amercian citizians have to be councerend about our fredom just pertecting our selfs form lowlifes

    • HK45

      True. But having the permit gives you the benefit of the doubt from the start, because you are seen as law abiding and willing to submit to extra screening to prove that you are not just another thug with a gun in your pants.

  • Explok9sgt

    I am a retired LEO (25 years) from the UK now a legal resident in Fl on an E2 visa do I qualify as eligible for a concealed weapons permit? I have been here for 12 months

    • Jack

      if you are not a permanent resident i am afraid the answer is no.  If you are set up as having dual residency in uk and FL than I think your app might go thru. Take the 2 hour class at a gun show and they will handle the rest except for you mailing out and paying for the license.

  • George

    Is a DD Form 214 sufficient proof of training? What, if any, annotations must be on the form (specific training)?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, that is how I got my Florida permit.

    • Cmclane28

      Yes. I did the same thing as well. Your DD Form 214 is your training certificate as far as the CCW training requirements are concerned.

  • Anonymous

    Just sent them a copy of it with your app.

  • Mrstewart45

    I have taken the class 2 years ago but never went for fingerprinting in Florida is my certificate still good

  • Aeryck

    I haven’t found a concrete answer in FS 823.05, but I’m curious if concealed carry is allowed inside a tattoo shop in FL as a customer?

    • I Carry Daily

      If it’s not on the forbidden list or a public nuisance as defined by 823.05, then it’s allowed. 

      Tattoo parlors are not on the forbidden list.  Furthermore, since Tattoo parlors are legal, they do not qualify as a place of nuisance.

      In short, yes, licensed concealed carry is legal in a tattoo parlor.

  • Zach

    I have a georgia carry permit. Is there any kind of waiver of the class verification to get a florida permit or do I still need to sign up for a class in Florida.

    • gemma

      If you have previously taken a class, then the certificate obtained from that class would work pending it’s before the certificate expires. The NRA ones don’t expire, but regular concealed weapons class certs expire in 7 years. If you have not previously taken a course, then you have to take one to get the permit.

  • YourLifeYourRules

    It’s actually a Florida Concealed Weapons License ( not permit).

  • Guest

    Does a ccw permit from Arizona satisfy the training or demonstrates proficiency requirement to obtain a ccw license from Florida? If not, what does? What have others used?

    • mac

      If you have a AZ resident permit it will cover 90% of the US.

    • gemma

      A permit from another state does not satisfy the training requirements for the Florida ccw. Only a training certificate does.

  • Anonymous

    Like my Dad always said “I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6.  RGJIII

    • cat binker

      Good luck on that theory here in NY. And if your 9mm, the drill, is a pass through, and hits & kills an innocent party behind the gorilla you maybe had the right to shoot, get ready for the civil suits. Oh, first you need a criminal defense attorney for the Grand Jury. Bail till you are proved innocent. Loss of work. The wife will be in tears every day. She will rue the day you bought your gat. And by the end, you will too. The gorilla’s mom will be in the court room. She & his wife & kids will be crying. Their Esteemed Jewish attorney will paint you as a radical gun nut, a vigilante. By the time it’s over, you won’t even remember what the “6” or the “12” was about. All you will know is you wish your Dad had kept his mouth shut.

      • callmechaz

        So…you feel it would have turned out better in the long run if the gorilla beat you senseless then raped your wife?? Hey, you are the one who started the “what if” BS. I really can’t think of too many outcomes where allowing yourself to be beaten, stabbed, or shot would leave you better off.

        • cat binker

          Calm down a hole. Your stupid temper is showing. You are too dumb to reason with. You have nothing better to do than rant about a 9 month old post? Quess you have no life. Go upstairs to the kitchen and show your mama what you wrote.


        • cat binker

          Waiting for your retar ded answer. You should be an expert at retar ded subject matter. BTW, if I was the police chief in your town/city, I would revoke your carry permit based on your rants.

  • Soldmysoul

    ok i just recently got out of the army would my dd 214 be ok for the military id?

    • Guest

      You can bring your DD214 and this serves only as a verification for the safety class part of the application. So you don’t need to take the NRA Safety class or equivilent. Of course you must also be “honorably” discharged

    • Shirkan2

      Yes. The dd214 works as certifying your training. I don’t know if you can use it for ID.

  • Magnus2112

    As per the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution WE DO NOT NEED A STINKING PERMIT.

    In addition, as per the Constitution EACH STATE MUST HONOR all OTHER STATES end of story.

    It would be NICE if they ACTUALLY READ the Constitution. Oh, wait we are NOT under the Constitution anymore or even a Republic for that Matter.

    • Superman21674

      Did you just figure that out? They do what they want(government) not what we say or what the constitution says. America is a silent dictatorship.

    • callmechaz

      Blame the States! They are willing victims, ceding their Constitutional authority (OUR rights) over to the Federal Government without a fight. The States are supposed to serve us, and the Federal Government is supposed to support the States. Instead the States are serving the Feds, and we are subjects to them both–no longer citizens but subjects. BLAME THE STATES!

      • Chad Campbell

        So true.

  • Riggles4105

    Where can I get my fingerprints done if I am not a resident of Florida?

    • Shirkan

      I live in Ohio and just received my Florida permit this week. Florida had sent me a fingerprint card after I requested a permit application from them. Then I went to a local police station here in Ohio and got fingerprinted. I mailed the card and a photo (taken at Rite-Aid) along with my completed application. Hope this helps.

  • JakeMacUSMC

    I am an active Duty Marine. just recently moved to Kansas City, Kansas from one of the most liberal states in the Union…..Hawaii. I am now a Marine Corps Recruiter and dont have time to actually do the 8 hour class that Kansas requires for the CCW. Is it possible to get a Florida CCW being i live in Kansas considering Kansas recognizes Florida’s?

  • Claytonsfowler

    I live in georgia. to visit or rent/part time do I need a Fla non-res permit? by not having a Fla non-res, how may I transport or carry a pistol? does it have to be in the trunk unloaded or locked up or can I carry concealed in the legal places in Fla? (I dont want to go to jail for being ignorant.

    • Islander9498

      here best why to find the truth Who issues Florida Concealed Carry Permits?
      Department of Agriculture
      Division of Licensing
      Post Office Box 6687
      Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6687
      Phone: (850) 245-5691
      Fax: (850) 245-5655

    • Tlolo

      Florida recognize Georgia permit..so u should be good to carry conceal…but to make sure contact the Florida department of agriculture and licensing 8502455691

    • Dew2652004

      Hey man Fla honors Geogia carry permitt holders,no problem as long as you know the fla statues where to leagly carry.You can go to fla dept of ag.online and get a concealled carry application and it will have fla statues in it.In Fla it is leagle to carry in your vehicle as long as it is locked in a holster snap in style or strap over hammer,or in a case.You may not shoot out of a moving vehicle,if  being robbed,stop veh and shoot him.


    Have carry permit from Ohio–am now a FL resident- is a transfer possible?

  • Islander9498

    I think you should be able to carry a gun anywhere as long as you have a ccw period…
    That includes malls the one here by me in florida has a “no guns permitted” sign which i never noticed but once i did i just stopped going in…i just dont shop there so they only hurt stores there..
    I dont do business anywhere that wont let me have my rights…think about how many people get robbed while in the parking lot of a mall..having a gun sitting in your car dont protect you, carrying one will

    • jroxx1121

      i live in fla and have a ccw, you can carry anywhere except where the law says you cant, bars, schools, airports and sports arenas. i carry anywhere i want, if a store says no guns, they cant legally stop you. do they search you? hell no, they cant by law. carry any place you want except those places stated above, to hell with the signs.i go in stores all the time that say no guns, just dont tell anyone, how are they gonna know? they cant dictate law, only the govt. can, not store owners.

      • JP

        What about employers? Can you ccw at your job if they have a policy against weapons? Can you be terminated due to ccw, or will the law protect you? In FL, employers can terminate at will.

        • jroxx1121

          i’m self employed so that isn’t an issue with me, but i guess each workplace is different like every situation in life. in florida you cant legally carry in bars, schools, sports arenas and courts, rightfully so. i guess that’s an issue that’s up for discussion, but i think you should be able to carry anywhere, anytime, the law allows.
          Subject: [usacarry] Re: Florida Concealed Carry Permit Information

        • A.C.

          You can carry. You can not get in trouble by law but can be terminated because it is their policy.

        • BruceMichaelGrant

          I carry anyway. All they can do is fire me.

      • Armed to protect ALL rights

        Respect their property rights. It is THEIR property. If they set the condition that you can not bring a gun onto their property, either leave your gun at home or do not enter their property. Your right to shake your fist ends at their nose. EVERYONE has rights, not just you.

        • elnyka

          Exactly. It’s like people only think about their rights, but do not think about others. The right to bear arms does not apply to all places. If someone invites me to dinner, but does not want me to carry, should I simply go with my gun concealed without telling the host. Or should I decline? Obviously, the later is the correct thing to do. Same when going to someone’s business.

          If someone’s business do not want you there with your guns, then don’t f* do business with them. Go somewhere else. It’s their private property, respect that as well. People cannot be demanding respect to their right to bear arms while at the same time being willing to violate someone else’s right to his/her private property. Period.

          • Catamus

            But you see thats just discrimination, same as saying no whites, blacks, or gays. And since most chains are on the stock market they’re considered public places…

          • Magnum R/T

            When you want to use the “race card” comparison, be sure choice is not involved. You can choose to leave your gun at home. I think race works a little different, how about you? So not discrimination at all. A most lame example.

          • callmechaz

            You are correct but sometimes choice is involved. The CEO of Starbucks said he would not ban open carry in his stores where it was legal, but he took the time to publically “urge” people not to do it, “because it makes his other customers nervous.” Well, it probably makes a lot of his customers nervous to be in line with a dark-skinned family sporting beards, burkas, and turbans–but he didn’t “urge” them not to dress so. Same goes for white’s with tattooed “skin-heads”, etc. And they have a choice. Just as in the latter instances, speaking out against those who carry guns legally perpetuates the stereotype that such people are oddballs who should be feared. If you don’t like that people can open-carry in your state, change the law.

        • A.C.

          You can not get in trouble for carrying at this mall.You might be banned of they find out but no legal trouble. Unless you brandish it they will not know and if you do then you are breaking the law. And yes you should always carry except where law says otherwise . Criminals will still be carrying and if you save the owner/ employees life or prevent a burglary I’m sure they will be thankful not upset you were carrying . Just my opinion though .

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            I’m from Florida and haven’t yet seen a banned mall or other retail place. However IF you get caught I think all they can do is ask you to leave. If you don’t immediately depart I think they could trespass you.

          • Robin Gordils

            AMC theater has a no gun sign

          • BruceMichaelGrant

            No doubt. They have the right to post them. We also have the right to ignore them since we know criminals do.

          • callmechaz

            Everyone is not as grateful as you might assume. People have lost jobs even after saving property and even lives if their employers have a “no gun” policy. Stores derive the authority to post “no gun” bans through statutes. If you carry there, you are probably breaking the law. It’s your choice, but do it with your eyes wide open.

        • Catamus

          But you see that’s just discrimination it’s the same as saying no blacks, whites or gays. Besides most chains are considered public property since they’re on the stock market selling the company to the general public.

      • janetspillows

        I live in Florida and I am thinking of getting a gun for protection. I was wondering how you manage to carry a concealed gun in stores and nothing goes off? I would be afraid of alarms going off and then I would be the one getting arrested.

        • Jeff G

          stores don’t have metal detectors, they have detectors for their security tags. if they had metal detectors, every person with change in their pockets or any other kind of metal would be setting off alarms every ten seconds.

      • callmechaz

        Unless I am mistaken, most states can pull you CC permit for ignoring “no guns” signs in businesses. They can’t dictate the law autonomously, but the govt can certainly give them such authority. No one can stop you from practicing civil disobedience, so using your logic you should also be carrying in government restricted areas. Your choice, just be aware you are probably breaking the law in your state in private businesses.

        • Jeff G

          you’re wrong, i just looked up the statutes here in FL and legally a store owner cannot trump your constitutional rights. the only places you’re legally denied carry privileges are schools, bars, courts, sporting arenas, police stations, polling places, airports or any other places so deemed by federal law. a store owner may state a personal preference but its not upheld by law. you cannot lose your privilege by ignoring a store owners sign. jroxx1121

    • A.C.

      You can not get in trouble for carrying at this mall.You might be banned of they find out but no legal trouble. Unless you brandish it they will not know and if you do then you are breaking the law.

    • USMC 69-75

      Yup! Cops are only “minutes” away, while your looking the perp in the eye!

    • MikeSharp

      I will continue to carry my gun, with my CCW, into places that have “No Guns” signs as long as the Florida Statute does not prohibit it. Who is going to know?

  • Ckmartinez0308

    This is really confusing, I am an Iowa Resident who has a conceal carry permit and I will be in Flordia this July on vacation.  Can I carry my weapon if I am from Iowa with CCW permit

    • Anonymous

      Yes as long as you are a resident of the state where your CCW permit is from, in your case Iowa.

  • Drumhed

    I live in Illinois and have a Florida permit. Can I carry in Florida legally?

    • Anonymous

      yes, although I’m not sure you can carry legally in Illinois.  I don’t believe you can carry at all in Illinois.

  • javier
  • Jhohanrr21

    can you be a permanent U.S. Resident and still get a gun permit???

  • NAJ329

    i plan on tkaing the courses to get my florida permit, but i was just wondering how long does it take to mailout and proccess and me recieve the permit? i live in the peoples republik of new jersey

    • NAJ329

      taking..sorry for the typo**

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2G72SEZMTCMTRQGVTBZUBXTBI Tony
  • Al Linares

    I have NC ccw i am moving to fl will i be able to conceal carry in fl or is there restrictions.

  • Al Linares

    I have NC ccw i am moving to fl will i be able to conceal carry in fl or is there restrictions.

  • Zackary Campbell

    Coud some one enlighten me as to why any one between the ages of 18-20 can own a handgun. But cannot carry one? If you are found responsible enough to own a gun at that age shouldn’t you be allowed to carry?

    • Tampa CCW

      Actually, if kept in a vehicle glovebox or console, you can carry at 18-20. Also, if you were honorably discharged from the military, you can obtain a CCW permit nomatter what your age.

  • Noemail

    Many of you are having trouble with the reality that the US is already an occupied country.  The fourth amendment says we are free from unreasonable search and seizure, (that is without cause), but try to board a private commercial aircraft and tell the TSA about your right to not be searched.   The second amendment clearly says “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, but that right was taken away by our leftist dictatorship years ago.   It is true that these officials who violate are rights are criminals but you cannot remove them from office, they are supported by an extensive organization of similar minded law enforcement, Judges, prosecutors, and politicians, exactly as in Nazi Germany in the 30’s.   Why have none of these Judges who make up their own laws not been impeached.  It’s because the politicians agree with the method they are using of the “progressive” implementation of socialism throughout society.   Your kids are being brainwashed in this crap right now, that’s why they are not being taught to read and write in school, and are being sent home with the hours of home work that they should have done in school but instead are being taught that homosexual is ok, and other such politically correct socialist dogma.  Its a different agenda.  And when they grow up they will be and are trained that guns are bad, and that they have to tell on daddy if he has a gun at home.  The theft of the minds of our children in the long run, will be the loss of all of our other rights, since they are not being trained to be patriots.   Look up “FEMA concentration camps” if all of the sites have not been pulled down already.   Just who is our gov. planning to lock up in mass.   The communist gang network MS-13 has about 500,000 to 850,000 members in established groups throughout this country, but at an intelligence briefing I attended a few years ago, I was taught that it is the fundamentalist Christians who are the terrorist.   And research the “Free Men” of the 70’s and 80’s.  Most of them have been hunted down and killed by US Marshals.   And in many parts of the country, we Americans, have been replaced by large populations of foreigners.  Just a few years ago, the City of N. Miami Fl., the Pioneers, was mostly a middles class white suburb of Miami, today it is the largest Haitian City in the US.   How did all of those Haitians from the poorest country in the western hemisphere, manage to enter this country and obtain jobs without work permits, and to obtain financing to buyout all of the 50,000+ white residents.   In South Florida the majority of the residents now were not born in this country and do not have American values.   Gun confiscation is only a small part of the social engineering that is going on.   Khrushchev said we will bury you from with in and that is exactly what they are doing.  And we probably have already lost the right to vote, or it at least is a meaningless act, now that “their” computers tell us who won and lost.   When you use your gun and are put in prison maybe you can then join the Aryan Brotherhood, and be schooled in the harsh realities of society that we who have fit in by accepting these changes every year, have managed to avoid having to eventually confront.   Look at the takeovers of the Ukraine, Cambodia, Laos, Rhodesia, and many of the African countries where today right now thousands are being slaughtered but for the most part ignored by the news.  Virtually every Muslim Country has replaced the pre-1960’s sword of Jihad on their flags with a raised hand holding an AK-47, and now we have a virtual standing army of several million Muslims already positioned in this country.    Better try Chronicles II, 7:14, Americans no longer have the organization, or logistics, to fight and win a civil war that will include battle with U.N. and Mexican “peace keeping” forces who will do house to house searches for weapons and round up most white males not already on their “friendly” list.    The DEA is now banning pharmaceutical drugs and there is a national shortage, and some medical websites believe we are already infected with designer “mycoplasms” patented by the US Army.  And they are predicting food shortages as in other Communist occupied countries, and Bill Gates and Monsanto have developed seeds that will only produce one crop.   The gun I am carrying now will not protect me from pestilence or famine, and the homeless and those already addicted to or in need of medications are already stealing food and drugs at record levels.   Unemployment is at record levels but we still let in entire cities of foreigners enter this country to compete with those already here, well over 30.000 per year in legal immigrants, and many times more in illegal that are not deported, and thousands of Americans are being illegally put out of there homes, with US housing now essentially being socialized with the US gov. now being the single largest owner of residential housing in the nation.    But as long as I have my gun, I’ll be alright.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-McDonald/818552 Sean McDonald

    you’re all a bunch of morons….I hope you understand that…its people like you that shoot unarmed teenagers for no reason except that they are black…we all have rights and my rights include not getting shot by some jackass and then having them claim self defense…what a backwards ass state…

  • Amoore

    Does Florida recognize a Tennessee CCP prima facie or is it necessary for me to apply for and obtain some type of Florida permit? Thank you for your assistance.

  • Someoldguy

    I am wanting to get a florida non resident CC permit but unsure just what I need to do. I have a CCP for Ohio but travel to Georgia and was told that if I get a Florida non resident permit I would be legal in GA. So can some one direct me to just what I need to do as far as fingerprinting and photo and the forms I need? My county (Ohio) sheriff office had the photo and fingerprint equipment to do this electronically. Is there a way that I can fill out the forms and use the photo and prints from my local office? Thanks

  • Rkitchens2007

    Just got my photo taken at Walgreens and left my eye glasses on. Is this going to be an issue with my picture. I’m about to send it away, or should I go back and have it done without my eyeglasses. I’m from Florida by the way.

  • Wbllyc

    I currently in Missouri and considering getting Florida non-resident permit …I have been told that as of the end of this year(2012) that Florida non-resident permit will not be valid…Anyone now of this?

  • Brazen31

    Islander9498, ever since last Oct. malls can’t tell you where you can carry or they risk being fined $100,000 fine and pay your court cost. Check out bill HB 45.

  • Nick

    do not change the no retreat law i heard people what to change it.but the people that break that law showed to punish not change the law 

  • Voz39zam

    i applied last april 4 for ccw here in fort walton, west florida, how long is the process till you get your permit?  thank you

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662266685 David Bagdasarian

      The site says 90 days plus or minus. There has been a tremendous upswing in applications lately. Wonder why?

  • Rjwret

    I am a retired police officer from N.Y   I have purchased a home in FL.  what is the erquirements
    for me to carry a hand gun

    • Tampa CCW

      You should be able to carry under LEOSA, but if for some reason you can’t, then you can take a quick class that covers mostly the legal ramifications. During the class you will also be required to live fire at a range. Then simply send in your class certificate along with the requisite $$$. After a background check you will be issued a CCW permit by the Dept. of Agriculture.

  • Joepiechota

    Why is it our license constantly called a permit here? Even the example picture clearly states “license”.

  • Billruggie

    Showng these comments on this site makes for interesting reading.  I’m 75 years old and live in Florida where I have carried a gun since I was 18. I do have a CCW and have had since the law was passed.  My wife does also – my first snubbie was a Colt that my father-in-law gave me.  He was the Chief of Police in Pompano and Pompano Beach, Florida. He gave it to me to carry.  Thanks to all of you out there for your comments and “carrying.”

  • ED Mangila

    All I’m saying is if they allow people to carry everywhere in the US, 911 would have maybe been averted. Those terrorist would have had a hard time wrestling the controls of those two planes that hit both NY trade center towers. Because I tell you if any of those people in the flights would have been packing and they know that their plane was hi-jacked they would have done something to stop that b.s. Maybe many would disagree on an inside the plane shoot out, heck in that situation those people are in they would not have cared.  Let us have our rights back…..or lets scrap the entire constitution and let anarchy rule. This means no more taxes and government powers are dissolved.  But since no one like this …let the law abiding citizens of this country carry their weapons for their protection.

    • JoeSchmuckatelly

      Uhh…….Its was on an airplane……..The reason why you can’t carry a gun on an airplane is because…oh….. lets just say johnny terrorist stood up with his box cutter and said he was hijacking this B*tch. We have ourselves some barrel chested freedom fighter stand up and draw his S&W M&P 40 and puts two into old raghead joe’s grape Well lets just say that one doesn’t stop in habib’s grey matter and comes out behind his ear (or the gaping hole that where his ear and most of that side of his head used to be) creating a small puncture in the aircraft’s hull. That one small puncture causes rapid depressurization in the aircraft. the small hole turns into a large tear. the aircraft is destabilized and crashes. Everybody friggin dies anyway. I’m all about my right o bear arms, but you gotta think about scenarios like this before you start shittin out your mouth, buddy.

      • Primatebuddy

        That’s not how it works. An aircraft is not a balloon and it won’t pop if you put a small hole in it.

        • elnyka

          Fly high enough, and yes it does. Ever heard of “depressurization”?

          • Greg Zerbey

            I am a commercial pilot and a bullet hole or several bullet holes would not effect the plane quickly enough to be the reason it crashed. Most airliners fly around 25000-35000 feet which would allow ample time to descend safely if needed because of a loss of oxygen or pressurization.

            I also fly a recreational plane around 13000 feet regularly without supplemental oxygen or a pressurization system installed in the airplane. I have also flown a small plane where the whole door broke open and did not create any trouble except for some papers and maps falling out and creating a very cold breeze.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662266685 David Bagdasarian

        And the difference between your hypothetical explosive decompression and the impact of the aircraft into a tower or the pentagon is just exactly WHAT?

      • omd

        One plane of people dieing vs. That plane crashing into the towers killing them and everyone that died in the towers. I say shoot the towel head sadly let the plane crash and save more life’s

    • MP

      Don’t you think the terrorist might bring on guns if everyone could have guns on a plane?…might have stopped them from taking over the plane, but also might have about 1000 attempted hijackings a year if guns were allowed on planes…

  • ryan

    my question is, i am a florida resident and have been active military. i was stationed in colorado and got my concealed carry permit here. i am currently getting out of the military and moving back to florida. what do i need to do when i arrive back home so i can make sure i am still legal to carry?

  • @MrPokerLifeN

    Could i carry in a Fl casino, poker room and or dog track as long as i am not in the bar?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jon.hardison Jon Hardison

      Good question. The answer is no. Florida has another test that isn’t talked about too much. Basically, you can’t carry into a place where it is reasonable to assume you will have a reason to use it. Bars, sporting events, etc. are called out specifically, but as examples of such places. It is NOT okay to arm up and walk into trouble. If you expect trouble, don’t go.

      The only aside to that is if it’s a place you must be and there is no specific policy against it. In other words, if you work there and the employer has stated that carrying is okay, your fine, but you’re walking a line on that one.

      Hope that helps.

  • loyd

    yea but obama is trying to take our rights away from us with the un arms treaty bullshit get rid of the u.n. and the federal reserve they are killing our country

  • JIM B

    The only problem i have with the concealed weapon laws in florida is, Im an architectural student who spends most of my time on campus in the studio till 10:30 at night. After I have a 30min drive back to my apartment, where i have to park in a parking garage. This isn’t the safest parking garage, i pay 15 dollars a mouth and there isn’t any security officer. Sever robberies have occurred, and im unable to have my weapon with me because i just left a college campus. Its 11 at night Im not asking to be able to carry while in class, just to be able to leave it in my car, so when i get home i can have defend myself on my walk back o my house.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUXBNWUJUT2OTFFPNW4PGIWOQU 305 FLAWDA BOY

      I think most people feel the same way about it.Teachers who work night school,or coaches coming back too the school late from football games and can’t have their firearm in their car sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662266685 David Bagdasarian

      Under Florida law your vehicle is considered an extension of your domicile Therefore you can keep your weapon in your vehicle when you are not present. The law affords your vehicle the same status as your apartment. “Castle Doctrine” law in chapter 776 of the 2011 Florida Statutes. It reads (emphasis mine):

      776.013 Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—

      (1) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:

      (a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and

      (b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.

      (2) The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:

      (a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person; or

      (b) The person or persons sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used; or

      (c) The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or

      (d) The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s.943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.

      (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

      (4) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or violence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Puravida1Gringo Andy Snyder

      Find a location to lock it securely in your car that isn’t the glovebox, maybe a lockbox bolted into your trunk or under your seat that is not flimsy. Out of sight, out of mind to the criminals while your car is parked.

  • McGuyver

    Is the link to get the Fla application dead? I can’t seem to download the application.

  • walmart1989

    wow i am glad that i live in fl. in a few months i will be get my permit and then thinking about get a glock or s&w

  • Jim b

    Florida has lowered the fees to $112 as of July 2012

  • jbbiam

    Florida lowered the price of a permit to $112 in July.

  • ringo

    funny, looks like the electoral map

  • keith

    If you carry…carry ALL the time. I’d rather be alive fighting BS charges than having my wife and daughters settling my estate.

  • Abraham Lincoln’s cousin

    Welcome to the Banana Democracy.

    • JoeSchmuckatelly

      not a democracy, a republic! Read up!

  • Tom

    Is a ky permit ok in fl

  • 2nd amendment upholder

    the license fee for florida is now $112, not $117.

  • JoeSchmuckatelly

    Negative. I fully support the right to bear arms. I am a card carrying conservative Libertarian, gun owner and multy state CCP holder. I believe It’s up to the individual states to allow concealed carry. Not saying you shouldn’t have the right just that it’s up to the states. We are a Union of Individual Sovereign States. If you happen to live in a liberal commie state then that’s your fault. What they shouldn’t be able to do is tell you whether or not you can have one in your house or your vehicle.

    • Rustler

      JoeSmuckatelly, what an idiotic thing to say:” It’s our fault we live in a liberal commie state.” I don’t know anyone who voted for the imbeciles running the state of Ca. I sure didn’t! What you’re saying is pack up and move? It must be nice to move to wherever you want, whenever you want. Uh-oh, new law, I’m moving. Uh-oh, new neighbor, I’m moving. Except for the idiots running the state, I can’t think of a better place to live then San Diego.
      I think Mark Twain nailed it when he said “If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/Puravida1Gringo Andy Snyder

        Rustler, just protect yourself with a gun, if you need to. It’s your right under the U.S. Constitution’s 2nd amendment. Just use discretion and buy a mouse gun…..like a Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard, Beretta Nano or Pico, etc. These are small semi automatics in either a .380 caliber or 9 mm. You can buy a small pocket holster that will hold these guns and carry them in the front pocket of your pants. You can’t allow the State of California to disarm you while you live there. Just be discreet!

  • Vincent

    What is this DD-14 form? I wondering if they mean DD-214 and
    if so I can just provide that instead of taking the training course?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662266685 David Bagdasarian

      It is a typo it is a DDFm 214 Record of Separation or Discharge.

  • dben002

    Most confusing…..I am from NC…non resident
    Florida license is valid here for me …however in Virginia it is not valid unless I reside in Florida. We need the NRA to fight for a nationwide cc license valid in all states that allow
    cc. This reciprocity thingy is stupid and confusing. some states do, some states don’t, some states do with certain limitations, etc..etc..etc…..

  • JPR

    I’m confused. I am a Georgia resident and have my Concealed Carry Permit. Does Florida honor this permit? Thank You

    • gemma


  • Jeff

    When I did my paper work for my permit I stated that I did not have a middle name. Then when I received they apparently gave me a middle initial. Mind you I didn’t notice this mistake till about a month after I got the permit in the mail. Do I just call them and have them send me a corrected one? Or do I just keep on using the one that I currently have?

  • James E. Roy

    My name is James, and I recently moved to Florida, I renewed my permit before I moved and it does not expire until 2016, Can I wait until this cwp expires? Or do I need to applly for Florida’s cwp?

  • Deanna

    It seems that there are A LOT of places you cannot carry even with a CCP…Is there anywhere you can carry? LOL…sarcasm obviously!

  • Roger

    Small dicked men feel the need to carry big guns. Period.



    • http://www.facebook.com/Puravida1Gringo Andy Snyder

      You must be a criminal thug. You don’t like an armed citizenry, do you?

    • gemma

      Women carry weapons too. I own a gun and have an application pending with Florida for a cwp.

  • JNorris

    Need some help, from anyone really. I filed all my paper work and received back today a Notice of Error or Omission. Apparently FLA is not honoring the finger printing that Maryland Livescan had done. FLA says it has to be done by a Law Enforcement Agency. From my understanding MD only uses Livescan for these types of applications. Does anyone have information? I don’t know where or how to resolve this… -Jay

    • gemma

      You should be able to go to a law enforcement agency there in Maryland and get them to do your fingerprinting. If it’s not done by a lawn enforcement agency, they won’t accept it. The only other thing I can suggest is going to Florida and getting them to do the fingerprinting.

  • indiana ff

    I have a ccw permit from indiana. I see I can drive all the way to florida border from indiana ccw map. Does florida recognize my permit while I drive my family there for spring break?

  • pbetlyoninde

    Is this map of states that honor a Florida CC Permit up to date? I was told that Delaware did not honor Florida.

  • Ed

    Hello, I’ve got a question about carry permits related to NC and FL. I used to live in FL but now live in NC. My FL permit is coming up for renewal and wonder if I should renew it or just get registered here in NC. Should I be registered for both states? I’m going to be living full time here in NC. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.layne.9 Dave Layne

    Can my Oh permit be transferred to Fla when I move? Do I have to take Fla course or just pay for new check and permit?

  • CGamid

    OK I’m confused…Illinois is black on the map. What does that mean?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Puravida1Gringo Andy Snyder

      It means you can’t carry concealed, PERIOD, in Illinois whether you have a concealed carry from any other state. That will change though on June 9th, 2013 as per a Federal Court decision. The Judge rendered a decision stating that Illinois MUST pass some kind of concealed carry law that passes the court’s muster that it’s constitutional. If, the State legislature doesn’t pass and Governor sign a bill by that date, Illinois will become a constitutional carry state.

  • Sailingwindward

    Does anyone know if a non-Florida resident with a FL Non-resident CCW can buy a handgun in Florida?

    • Jon

      No hand-guns but, you can buy long-guns…

  • richie

    If I had a felony conviction (possession) 20 years ago in Georgia, does this bar me from getting a Florida weapons permit?

  • Jim

    Why do some listings under “Places off-limits while carrying” have an asterisk at the end of sentence, but offer no explanation as to what the asterisk is there for???????? Like an establishment licensed for alcohol consumption *…..what about private ‘clubs’?

  • SA

    So is the fee $112 or $117? This article show COST $112, but mentions to make a money order for $117

    • gemma

      112. And they also now except debit cards.

  • Mutt

    Lucky you don’t live in Delaware. Their the most money hungry of all the states that give a license. You have to post in the paper…only $73.00. Get fingerprints..only $69.00. Handgun Safety course…$150.00 – $275.00… 5 friends to vouch for you to make the attorney general happy. Application must be notorized..$4.00. Hopefully you don’t get mugged turning it in to the prothonatarys office in Wilmington. Soon they will need a DNA sample and an eye test. Wonder what that will cost?

  • Curt

    What Is Res Permits Only ?

    • gemma

      It means if you have a non-resident permit, you can’t carry in that state.

  • Bill Thomas

    Having a gun will not stop you or your family from being hurt. If you feel you need a gun they by all means but you should have tohave a bckground check and you do not need automatic type weapons like those used in the killings at the college and the elementary school. You can nout blame the President he is not the law maker it is our Congress and Senate who haven’t done anythign to help the economy only to to help themselves. I agree carry a gun but get proper training to ensure you do not accidentally shoot someone.

    • http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005AN3TK0 FaceliftMask

      Who are YOU to tell ME what I can have to protect myself and my family Bill?

      Do you know for a fact what I could possibly be confronted with?

      Do you know for a fact how many people could attack in a home invasion?

      Do you know for a fact how many bullets it would take to stop each and every perpetrator?

      Criminals, or groups of criminals don’t follow the rules Bill.

      In a home invasion, having a gun may not stop me or my family from being hurt. But it damn well will do a better job than waiting 20 plus minutes for the police to arrive.

      As for Automatic Weapons, it was Semi Automatic weapons used in most of the instances. So do you think Semi Automatic weapons should be banned?

      Just curious, how many bullets may I have to defend myself from any possible situation, in your mind? And, who the hell are YOU to decide?

      Having any weapon was already a violation of the law on school grounds. Do you think for a moment Bill these scumbags were concerned about the law?

      As for blaming Congress for gun violence because of the economy, are you nuts? I grew up broke. My mother worked. My Father worked midnights, then came home to work a second job. My family was broke. We never even entertained the idea of touching someone else’s property. What a pathetic excuse to say the economy is causing hoodlums to commit crimes.

      Before you are so quick to blame guns, even Automatic Weapons, ask yourself where most gun violence is committed. Is it in gun-free zone or at gun shows? Is more crime committed in states that support concealed carry, or in states that encourage unarmed citizens like Chicago?

      If you have not figured it out yet, an unarmed group of people is at much more risk than an armed group of people, regardless of the type of weapon.

    • zer0ed77

      Oh, Bill. Life must be tough drinking out of the Liberal media toilet bowl. As far as I can tell and know, you didn’t state one single fact in your commentary. FYI… SEMI-AUTOs have been used in nearly all mass killings. Of course, the media reports them as full autos, but we know better when the type of actual gun is known… which they are. The key here is, mass killings almost ALWAYS take place in locations firearms are not allowed… often even by guards, let alone law abiding citizens who could stop these killings early on. Educate yourself. You come off like an idiot spewing lies and rehashed garbage. The FBI Crime Database and Statics have actual facts and numbers. Even most local law enforcement agencies will give such data. The media, which is where you are clearly obtaining your VERY poor information from, is the very last place you want it. According to them, all Glocks and simple hunt rifles are full auto assault weapons. Only line I agree with is your very last sentence. Stick to the facts, man.

  • omd

    I recently moved back to Florida from Indiana I have my hand gun license from IN will that allow from me to obtain my ccw in Florida without paying so much, spent over a hundred bucks for a lifetime permit I don’t think I should have to pay that again just because I moved

  • Grantbagpiper

    Rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6!

  • Hector

    Florida does have STAND YOUR GROUND LAW, is incorrect the above mentioned of Castle doctrine and no Stand your grounds, we have both. See Zimmerman vs Martin, and I’m certified instructor

  • j cole

    There seems to be a lot of dumbass gun nuts in america. I own 4 firearms and im glade to say im not one of them. Fuck them the NRA and there conspiracy theories.

  • lud6

    I have CCW in Michigan. Cannot understand if Florida honors it. The map above has Michigan in the RES PERMITS ONLY. What does RES mean?

    • Golden Eagle

      RES means resident. So you can conceal carry in Florida

  • bob

    if i have a PA carry licenses, and am moving to FL can i still carry legally ?

  • widgit

    Know the difference between a dictatorship and a democracy?
    In a dictatorship, the dictator says I,m the guy who’s screwing you!

  • Bobby33x

    Government is the MOST EVIL entity on earth. It is the world’s GREATEST MASS MURDERER and the WORLD’S BIGGEST THIEF! Why is it to be trusted? Thomas Jefferson said the Price of Liberty is ETERNAL VIGILANCE!

  • kyle

    how do i sign up and apply for my concealed carry?

  • TheSupremeOne

    Can a Florida CCW holder enter a store or occupancy, legally, that has a “no guns” sign posted at the door?

    • William Callahan

      It is not illegal to do so, but they can ask you to leave the premises. If you refuse to leave then you can get into trouble and receive a trespassing charge.

      It’s best to listen to what they have posted.

  • dudlydoright

    I am disappointed that Florida doesn’t honor other state permits but other states honor theirs! Was this always the case?

  • Bill

    I have a permit in fl. And someone just took their class and she. Told me I couldn’t pick up my son from school even though I
    leave my gun in my vehicle. Is that true or false?

  • keylo

    So if I got Florida guns license I can’t carry my gun in Michigan? ????

    • Golden Eagle

      If you are a Florida resident then yes you would be able to carry in Michigan.

    • rdcob87

      are you a fl resident? if so, you can. if not, you can’t.

  • Dwest13579

    I currently have a concealed carry permit from NC and I just became a resident of FL…any advice on getting one in Florida

    • rdcob87

      why would you? nc is good every where fl is… and more

  • Richard

    NYC does not have a reciprocity law with any other state, not even with NYS, when you go on the NYC site for acquiring a permit is says for classifications, a carry permit is answered in the affirmative, but that is BS, only wealthy, celebrities ,even punk rap artist’s can get a carry in NYC but not law abiding citizens, also NYC does not have any kind of “castle law” in other words I myself have a residence permit, but if some thug breaks in, it says I must try to avoid at all cost yes all cost, I live on the freaking 4th floor, I suppose they want me to leap out the window to avoid the confrontation, horseshit on that I will tell Bloomberg to his face he should go and fornicate himself and all his billions.

  • zer0ed77

    Will FL/Department of Agriculture accept a Certificate obtained in another State? For example, I obtained my certificate using an online course in VA. This is allowed in VA. Saves time and a lot of money. Would this certificate be accept or will I need to obtain a new certificate in FL? If so, is there an online method or must I attend a class? Moving to Pensacola in January 2014. Thanks!

    • http://www.primeonly27.biz/ primeonly27

      You need to have live fire test drill of at least one shot. Online course will not work. DD214 works Or hunter safety course that has live fire checked off on it.

  • Rick

    HR 218…..

  • RICK W

    Thank you, this website is very helpful as I am traveling for the winter. Looks like im avoiding SC! Stupid libs

  • John

    I applied cc permit in Florida . A 14 yr old restraint order came up. When I attempted to pull the records, I was informed they were destroyed pursuant to fl statue 119? Without having to go to a lawyer, does anyone know what my next step is? Thanks.

    • Richard Einstein

      Looks to me you are screwed. Any reason they can find to deny a permit will be used against you….. They don’t like the idea of slaves having guns to begin with.

  • Randy Storey

    I obtained a non-resident Florida and Utah CCW permit and I live in Ilinois. The problem is that Florida only recognizes a permit if you are a resident of the state in which it was issued. Now I will need to obtain an Illinois CCW permit and their system sucks big time. It may be a year or more before eveyone that wants a permit gets one. I don’t understand why Florida even issues a non-resident permit if they are not going to honor it unless you live there. Explain that one to me please.

    • David

      You are correct in that Florida doesn’t recognize nonresident CCLs. However, if you have a FL nonresident CCL, you can carry in FL. Why do you think otherwise?

  • Wallace J Seda

    Can anyone tell me how to apply for my license with a FBI upin?

  • george wallace

    how long is my concealed weapon application good after taking the course?

  • Richard Einstein

    Communist states are colored red. Avoid travel through them and by no means ever visit there or spend any money with online businesses located in these commie states.

  • cj

    If you active army but under 21 can you still get a ccw, with SB-998

    • gemma

      The instructor of my class this last week said he had a friend that was a police officer and under 21. He wrote into the department of agriculture and they went ahead and gave him one. It doesn’t hurt to give it a try. The worst they can say is no.

  • REP2296

    I recently moved to FL from SC where I have had a CCW for almost 10 years.Does anyone know the procedure for transferring my permit or do I have to start from scratch? I know FL honors a CCW from SC but I can’t find anywhere on this site of how to transfer it.Thanks to anyone who can help.

  • acet7

    what does “Res Permits Only” mean?

    • gemma

      It means those states won’t honor the non-resident florida permit.

  • D Welch

    Being a correctional officer in Florida, I have seen the worst of the worst up close and personal. Not even 300 yards away from my apartment people have been getting killed. Thank you Florida for allowing my wife and i to carry. We feel much safer in our home and on the streets.

  • shane

    The FL permit covers PA if you are a resident of FL. I am a resident of PA so does anyone know if this will cover me when I go on leave back to PA?

  • james

    Florida dept of agriculture is a law enforcement agency and they do ncic checks because I work for them

  • in need

    i have a florida state concealed weapon license. but live in ny can I still carry in florida

  • Erock

    Question, above is says that “Informing Law enforcement is required upon demand.” A lot of officers like to ask a blanket question during a traffic stop, “any weapons or anything illegal in the vehicle?” Is this a demand? Would I then be forced by law to tell them I have a weapon?

  • bll

    in fla can you pack in a bar if the bar has no restrictions

  • bll

    i read and know now that you can not

  • jefro30

    FLCWP holder for 4 years now! EDC G30SF!! I love FL

  • Gino Ferreira

    It is just another way for the State, to get money from you
    without culling it Tax! We should not need a Permit or Pay to carry since we
    have the 2nd Amendment.

  • Don Bartone

    I am from California and have a UTAH permit that I got while I lived there. It has my San Francisco address on it still. I have retired and moved to Florida since I can no longer tolerate have far California has gone downhill! I waited until I could retire to move and couldn’t leave there fast enough! The question I have is my UTAH permit valid in Florida since I am now a permanent resident? I now have registered my cars and even have a Florida drivers license so that should prove residency. I will eventually get a Florida CCW permit but until I can get that done, I am hoping my UTAH permit is valid here. Last thing I need to do is start off on the wrong foot. BTW, living here is like always having a breath of fresh air! I had to live in California for the last 45 years due to my career. It used to be a good place to be but I can’t find much of anything good to say about it anymore. Too multi-cultural for me! Thanks to anybody who responds to this post.

  • Herbert

    So Florida doesn’t recognize my Arkansas carry permit? I thought that they always have honored it.

    • David

      Where did you get that conclusion from? Not from this website.

  • Ethan

    Is there a background for CWp I’m florida?

  • Ethan

    Is there a background for CWp I’m florida?

  • Johnny

    I live in Texas, I travel on vacation on my motorcycle to many places. I have a concealed license to carry in my state. What do I do when I need pass thru states that dont honor texas’ license, such as florida?

  • petehellinger

    I have a Life Time permit from Indiana and am moving to Florida next month what are the laws on changing State Permits for another in Florida ??

  • Jesus

    I don’t need to carry a gun…I have Jesus

    • David

      That’s okay, but I have a CCL and Jesus. That’s okay, too.

  • MikeSharp

    Some open carry is authorized under Florida law. Open Carry is lawful while engaged in, or going directly to and from, lawful Target Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, and Camping expeditions. FL Statutes 790.25(3)(h), (j), and (k)

  • Dan

    I have a florida G license now, what are the requirements to obtain a concealed permit?

  • keith

    Can you carry in a vehical with ccw ??

  • Barry MacDonald

    I have a conceal to carry from KY, just moved to Fl. Can get one in FL just like I got my drivers license? or will I have to take a class? or can I still use my KY one till it expires.?

  • me

    I agree with it all nothing will change. Feel free to be free carry a gun use when needed license or not too many people getting killed etc wont sit back and let happen

  • Gianni Formica

    I’m a Canadian. I would love to have a gun fir personal protection but if that would mean everyone else would get to carry too, we’ll then Im willing to give up that right. As a result of our gun legislation very few people carry, and so I don’t feel the need to have a gun.

    • David

      Good for you

  • gofast1

    2nd amendment is to protect yourself from the government as well as criminals.
    It’s time for the government to fear its people not the people fear the government

  • tom

    i took the concealed weapons class in 2013 is there a exiration date on the app. if i hnot sent it in yet ?

  • Chuckles

    The 2nd amendment is my license to carry. Having to get permission or pay fees or get finger printed is an infringement on my constitutional rights. My rights come from the creator, not from some low life petty official who may not like the color of my eyes. People fly off the handle when you suggest that there should be voter IDs, free of charge, but it’s OK to make you jump through hoops + pay outrageous fees for a permit to carry a gun. Makes no sense.

  • Brian Lambert

    Correct me if I’m reading this wrong. I’m active duty, have a Oklahoma CCL, which is recognized by the state of Florida and recognizes Florida licenses. I moved to Florida in September, so the way I read this is that my perfectly valid license is not recognized by Florida because I now live here and own a house in the state.

    • David

      As active military, have retained your Oklahoma residency? If so, your resident Oklahoma CCL remains valid, but I think you need to advise your OK issuing agency of your new address. If you have changed your residency to FL, then you must obtain a FL resident CCL. Your old resident CCL from OK is invalid. I have a daughter in the military and she has never changed her state residency despite the transfers. This is my non-lawyer opinion

  • Dennis R. Torii, Jr.

    The laws for this should be congruent, meaning every state respect the individuals permit from another state. Otherwise the law abiding are left vulnerable to criminals and over zealous law enforcement.

  • Jim Ross

    i had a misdemenor DUI charge in ’94 that was thrown out and court system never finished paperwork. County nor city has no record of it. Only problem. FBI search shows ”disposition unknown”…..i’ve even paid para-legal to ‘clean up’.. but he sez it’s long buried… can i still get CC permit ??? help..

  • Ammoguy

    I have a lifetime CHL permit from Indiana and we moved to Florida, and it is taking me almost 6 months to get a Florida CHL License. Its a Joke,.and the Sheriff’s dept doesn’t even run the program,.Its the Dept of Agriculture. Bass ackwards State.