Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Applying for a Concealed Weapon License

Important: Review the eligibility requirements for a Florida concealed weapon license.

Ways To Apply

Online    In Person    By Mail    Renew

Note to Military Members and Veterans

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now expediting all Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications submitted by active military members and veterans.

Active military personnel who want to apply for a concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications. We will also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status.

Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.

Apply in Person

You can apply for a concealed weapon license in person at a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) regional office or an authorized Florida tax collector's office in your area.

Please note that you do not need to complete an application form in advance of your appointment. You will complete an online application at your service location.

Each concealed weapon license service location allows applicants to complete the entire application process quickly and conveniently. Simply choose the office nearest you.

Concealed Weapon License Service Locations: A Quick Comparison

 

Regional Offices

Tax Collector Offices

Additional Fees?

No.

Yes.

Walk-ins Accepted?

Appointments are required for new applications.

Some tax collector offices accept walk-ins.

What to Bring with You to a Service Location

  • A picture ID. A driver license or state-issued identification card is acceptable.
  • A copy of a training document or other certificate that confirms that you are proficient with a firearm. Learn more about the acceptable forms of training.
  • Your payment. Review licensing fees [ Adobe PDF Document 53.55 KB ].
    • Regional offices will accept payment by personal check, cashier’s check, money order, or credit or debit card. Regional offices cannot accept cash.
    • Tax collector offices may charge an additional convenience fee of up to $22 for new licenses. Contact your local tax collector to determine the precise amount you will need to pay and which payment methods are accepted.

For changes to your name, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree or court documentation.

If you have ever been arrested, you should bring certified copies of the court documentation reflecting the final disposition of the charge(s) filed against you.

If you were born outside the United States, or if you are a permanent legal resident alien, you will need to bring official documentation with you that confirms your citizenship status. Please review eligibility information concerning citizenship requirements.

If you are currently employed as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer or correctional probation officer with a Florida law enforcement agency and you are applying as such, you will need to provide a copy of an official document stating that you are currently employed with that agency as such.

If you are a retired law enforcement officer, correctional officer or correctional probation officer from a Florida law enforcement agency and you are applying as such, you will need to provide a copy of an official document that includes your date of retirement and the agency from which you retired. This does not extend to federal law enforcement or out-of-state law enforcement retirees.

What Will Happen When You Arrive at a Service Location

  1. A staff member will direct you to a computer station where you will complete an online application form. (Please note that you do not need to complete an application form prior to your appointment.)
  2. Staff will review your application for completeness.
  3. Staff will take your photograph and scan your fingerprints.

NOTE: When you complete your application, you will be asked to swear and affirm that you have been furnished a copy of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and that you are knowledgeable of the provisions contained in that section of law. Please read and review Chapter 790, F.S., prior to your appointment.

How Long It Will Take to Receive Your License

You should be able to complete the entire process of applying for a new license in an hour or less. Your application will then be sent to Tallahassee for processing. 

The turnaround time for processing a new concealed weapon license application is approximately 50 to 55 days. Please be aware that by law FDACS has 90 days from the date we receive a complete application to either issue a license or deny the application.

Learn about the issues that may result in processing delays.

Check the status of your application.

Find a Concealed Weapon License Service Location Near You

Use our interactive map to find an FDACS regional office or an authorized Florida tax collector's office near you.

Apply by Mail

  1. Download the Application Instructions [ Adobe PDF Document 592.35 KB ].
  2. Download a Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Application.
  3. Schedule an appointment at your local sheriff's office or police department to submit fingerprints.
  4. Complete your application and mail it to the address below:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6687
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6687

How Long It Will Take to Receive Your License

The turnaround time for processing a new concealed weapon license application is approximately 50 to 55 days. Please be aware that by law FDACS has 90 days from the date we receive a complete application to either issue a license or deny the application.

Learn about the issues that may result in processing delays.

Check the status of your application.