How To Get A New Concealed Weapons Permit In Florida
Are you interested in getting a new gun license in Florida? The state of Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, manages the process for getting a concealed weapons or firearms permit. We've collected information, including links to resources, to help save you time when you want a new Florida concealed weapons permit.
Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Florida gun-related services, including: information on obtaining a new gun license, replacing a lost gun license, as well as gun safety and gun storage. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from your state department, you will receive a comprehensive checklist & forms packet specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff.
If you prefer to access additional material on gun licensing and safety, visit a state-specific online resource for extra support regarding all your gun licensing needs.
Your first step toward getting a firearm license in Florida is confirming your eligibility. In order to be eligible to get a concealed weapons permit, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Provide a Certificate of Completion
- Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien
- May not have a disqualifying criminal record
If you have questions about your eligibility, the state of Florida provides this website as a way to checking whether you meet the minimum requirements.
- When you fill out the application form, it will require several pieces of information from you, including:
- Social Security Number
- Identification (driver's license, military ID, state-issued ID)
- Address – P.O. Box is NOT acceptable
Certificate of Completion
In order to obtain a concealed weapons permit in Florida, you must complete a firearms safety and instruction course. When completed, this course will give you a certificate of completion. This certificate is required as part of the application process.
State-approved Firearm Safety Course
- Any firearm safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement
Do not send or give original certificates to the Division of Licensing, but make sure that copies of your certificate are clear and legible. This document must clearly include the following information:
- Your name
- Instructor's name, signature and certification number
Once you have your certificate of completion, make an appointment with a regional office near you. You must fill out an application form for the Division of Licensing. You have the option of downloading and printing the application form or filling out the form at a regional office. The form and information required is identical and the choice is yours.
Fingerprints & Photograph
The Division of Licensing will require that you submit a set of fingerprints and have your photograph taken. You are required to bring a "passport-style" photograph with you to submit to the Division.
The cost of a new concealed weapons permit in Florida is $117. This cost is made up of the license fee ($75) and fingerprint processing fee ($42).
Reminder: A concealed weapons and firearms permit allows you to carry a weapon or firearm concealed on your person. It does not authorize you to use the weapon in any manner other than as a method of defense.