Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Carrying a Firearm and Obtaining a Firearm Waiver

The Class “G” license holder is restricted by law to carrying firearms and ammunition of a specific range and caliber: a .38 caliber revolver; or a .380 caliber or .9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol; or a .357 caliber revolver with .38 caliber ammunition only; or a .40 caliber handgun; or a .45 ACP handgun.  This restriction is set forth in section 493.6115, Florida Statutes.

The Class “G” license holder can carry other firearms by obtaining a waiver from these restrictions.  The procedure for requesting a waiver is set forth below.

First, the request must be submitted by a Class “A” Private Investigator Agency or a Class “B” Security Agency for a specific licensed employee or employees.  The request must be in writing on agency letterhead, and the request must be signed by the agency manager or owner.  The request must contain the following information:

  • The make, caliber, and type of firearm that is being requested for waiver;
  • A statement indicating the specific reason the waiver is being requested. This statement must specify the type of duty that the person who is to be granted the waiver will be performing.
  • The full name, Social Security number* and license number of the licensee for whom the waiver is being requested.
  • A photocopy of all the valid licenses held by the licensee who will be holding the waiver.
  • The Certificate of Firearms Proficiency form (FDACS-16005) indicating that the person has qualified with the firearm specified in the waiver request.

In accordance with the Firearms Instructor's Training Manual, incorporated by reference in Chapter 5N-1.134, Florida Administrative Code, the Chief in the Bureau of Regulation and Enforcement (BRE) is charged with the responsibility of making a determination as to whether the waiver should be granted.

PLEASE NOTE: Firearms waivers are ultimately issued based on the licensed agency's specific need to have an employee with a higher caliber firearm on a particular duty assignment.  For example, the division routinely receives and grants a waiver requests from agencies whose employees' duty assignments include working as an armored car courier or as a security staff member at a nuclear power plant (or other critical infrastructure site or facility).

*Sections 493.6105, 493.6304, and 493.6406, Florida Statutes (F.S.), in conjunction with Section 119.071(5)(a)2, F.S., mandates that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, obtain Social Security numbers from applicants.  Applicant Social Security numbers are maintained and used by the Division of Licensing for identification purposes, to prevent misidentification, and to facilitate the approval process by the Division.  The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, will not disclose an applicant’s Social Security number without consent of the applicant to anyone outside of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, or as required by law. [See Chapter 119, F.S., 15 U.S.C. ss. 1681 et seq., 15 U.S.C. ss. 6801 et seq., 18 U.S.C. ss. 2721 et seq., Pub. L. No. 107-56 (USA Patriot Act of 2001), and Presidential Executive Order 13224.]