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.
Does having a concealed weapon license or permit exempt you from the background check when purchasing a gun Florida?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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:
CONCEALED WEAPON OR FIREARM LICENSE RENEWAL
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.
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
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.
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6387
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.
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.
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.
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.
1/19/2015 – Format updated along with all information.
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