Florida firearms laws operate at the state level and can be described as being accommodating compared to other states. The states policy is “Shall Issue” for a concealed carry license with the licenses being issued to both residents and non-residents. Florida is one of five states that bans open carry although open carry is permitted in some limited situations. The state has full preemption over all gun laws for handguns and long guns.
- Must be at least 21 years old
- You have completed an approved firearms training class
- You are a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
- You must reside in the U.S.
- You do not have two or more DUI convictions within the previous 3 years
- No convictions for a violent crime in the last three years, either misdemeanor or felony
- Federal law requirements
These are the minimum requirements to qualify for a Florida concealed carry permit. Full requirement details for a concealed carry permit can be found on the application page.
Follow these steps to obtain a CCW License;
- Complete your firearm training course if required.
- Decide which method you will submit your application with, either fast track or mail.
- Fast track applications can be made at;
Tax Collectors Offices
You will need to make an appointment.
- When you arrive for your appointment you will be directed to a computer station where you can complete an electronic version of the application form.
- Staff will then scan your fingerprints and take your photo.
- You may be required by some counties to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgement.
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
These are the basic steps you will need to take. A more detailed step by step process is explained on our application page.
- About 150 days before your license expires you should receive a renewal notice.
- You can mail the form back or make an online renewal.
- Renewals can be made up to 180 days after the expiration date.
- If the permit has expired more than 180 days after the expiration date applicants will need to apply for a new permit.
Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Renewal
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 323146387
We have a step by step guide for renewing your Florida concealed carry permit. This includes a video on how to make online renewals and more…
|Individual - Resident||$97||$45|
|Individual - Non-Resident||$97||$87|
|Florida Law Enforcement Officer||$55||$45|
|Florida Retired Law Enforcement Officer
(retired within 1 year)
|Florida Retired Law Enforcement Officer
(retired more than 1 year)
|Consular Security Official||$300||$300|
- Duplication/Revised Fee: $15
- All the listed fees are inclusive of a $42 fingerprint processing fee
- Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees;
- New Applications: $22
- Renewals: $12
State statutes allow Florida to accept licenses from other states only if that state agrees to honor a Florida concealed carry license. Florida reciprocity law is governed by section 790.015 of the Florida statutes.
Florida currently has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states. A Florida concealed carry license is valid in all these states with a few exceptions as noted at the bottom of this section.
Firearms laws vary with each state and a Florida license holder will be subject to the laws of whatever state they are travelling in.
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits
Places Not Allowed
- Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
- Any detention facility, prison, or jail
- Any courthouse or 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 elementary or secondary school facility or administration building
- Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
- Any area of a vocational-technical center
- Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
- 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.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer