How To Apply

How to Apply in Person for Concealed Carry Permit

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?

Walk-ins are accepted for renewals only. Appointments are required for new applications.

Some tax collector offices accept walk-ins.

Wait Time for Renewals

Renewal licenses are issued immediately.

A renewal license will be mailed to you.

What to Bring with You to a Service Location

When Applying for a New License

  • 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 [  51.26 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 with which you retired. This does not extend to federal law enforcement or out-of-state law enforcement retirees.

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.

When Applying for a Renewal License

  • A picture ID. A driver license or state-issued identification card is acceptable.
  • Your payment. Review licensing fees [  51.26 KB ].

    • Regional offices will accept payment by personal check, cashier’s check or money order. Regional offices cannot accept cash and cannot accept credit or debit cards for renewals.
    • Tax collector offices may charge an additional convenience fee of up to $12 for renewal licenses. Contact your local tax collector to determine the precise amount you will need to pay and which payment methods are accepted.
  • Your renewal notice.
  • Your unsigned application.

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

What Will Happen When You Arrive at a Service Location

When Applying for a New License

  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, and that you are knowledgeable of the provisions contained in that section of law. Please read and review Chapter 790 prior to your appointment.

When Applying for a Renewal License

At a regional office: Staff will review your application and take your photograph. Your application will be processed while you wait.

At a tax collector’s office: Staff will take your photograph and assist you with submitting your application electronically to the department. You will receive your license by mail.

NOTE: When submitting your application (at either a regional office or tax collector's office), you will be asked to swear and affirm that you have been furnished a copy of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, and that you are knowledgeable of the provisions contained in that section of law. Please read and review Chapter 790 prior to your appointment.

How Long It Will Take to Receive Your License

When Applying for a New 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 the department 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.

When Applying for a Renewal License

At a regional office: You should be able to complete the entire process of applying for a renewal license in an hour or less. Your application will be processed while you wait and you will receive your license in minutes.

At a tax collector's office: You should be able to complete the entire process of applying for a renewal license in an hour or less. You will receive your license by mail within two weeks.

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