Florida Concealed Carry Permit
Florida is a shall-issue state which means that, as long as an applicant meets the basic requirements, the permitting authorities in Florida are compelled to issue a permit.
The Florida concealed weapons license allows a licensee to carry a handgun and other weapons, such as electronic weapons, tear gas guns and knives. An applicant must be at least 21 years old and have completed a firearms training course or be a current member of the military or an honorably discharged veteran. Concealed weapons licenses are issued to residents and non-residents and are valid for seven years.
What Are the Florida Concealed Carry Permit Requirements?
To be eligible for a Florida concealed weapon or firearm license:
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
- Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States and be a U.S. citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. If you are serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. Those who are Resident Aliens must provide a valid Permanent Resident Alien card.
Possible Reasons That May Disqualify An Applicant
- 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.
Do I Need Firearms Training in Florida?
Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm. A copy of a Certificate of Completion or similar document from any of the following courses or classes is acceptable:
- NRA training course
- Hunter safety course that has been approved by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission or by a similar organization in another state
- Any firearms safety course offered by a college, law enforcement agency, private or public institution with instructors who are certified by the NRA, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or Criminal Justice Training Commission
- A firearms training course with a state-certified instructor
- DD Form 214 or military orders (for active-duty or former members of the military)
- Documents from participation in an organized shooting competition
No additional training is required for license renewals.
How Do I Get a Concealed Carry License in Florida?
Florida has an online application process, but you may apply in person by making an appointment to complete the online application at either an FDACS Regional Office or a Tax Collector’s Office. There is no need to complete an application in advance.