Florida CCW Permit Info

Florida law requires a person to be at least 21 years old to qualify for a Florida concealed carry permit. Exemptions are given to the age requirement if the applicant is in the armed forces. Florida is classed as a “Shall Issue” state with permits being issued to residents and non-residents. If you reside in Florida you can file your permit application at a Fast Track Office. Everything required for your application can be obtained in these offices, letting you complete the process in one trip. A firearms training course is required for any new applications.

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Florida CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity List

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington D.C. Wisconsin
Only residential permits from states that Florida has reciprocity agreements with will be honored. Non-residential permits will not be accepted even if the state has a reciprocity agreement with Florida.
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Florida CCW Reciprocity Rules

Florida law allows Florida to accept permits from other states only if that state agrees to accept a Florida concealed carry permit. Florida reciprocity law is governed by section 790.015 of the Florida statutes.

Florida currently has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states. A Florida concealed carry permit is valid in all these states with a few exceptions as noted below.

Firearms laws vary with each state and a Florida license holder will be subject to the laws of whatever state they are travelling in.


In Florida the law allows permit holders to conceal carry stun guns, billy clubs and knives. However, the laws in the following states only allow for handguns and pistols to be conceal carried. Florida permit holders will only be allowed to conceal carry a handgun while in these states;

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Vermont has never issued concealed carry permits. This means a Vermont resident cannot carry a firearm in Florida without holding a Florida concealed carry permit.

Florida permit holders are allowed to carry their firearm in Vermont.

Persons under the age of 21 qualify for a concealed carry permit in the states listed below. However, they are not permitted to carry a concealed firearm or other weapon while in Florida.

Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming

The following states will only accept a Florida permit if the holder is a resident of Florida;

Colorado, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

The following states issue Non-Residential permits. These Non-Resident permits will not be honored in Florida;

Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Requirements

Requirements for CCW Permit

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident alien
  • You must reside in the US
  • You do not have two or more DUI convictions within the previous 3 years
  • No convictions for a violent crime in the last three years, either misdemeanor or felony
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

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That was a quick summary of what is required to qualify for a Florida concealed carry permit.
For a more detailed look at the requirements please read the Florida Concealed Carry Application Page by clicking the Learn More button.

Florida Concealed Carry Application

Steps To Obtain a CCW Permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Decide which method you will submit your application with, either fast track or mail.
  3. With fast track contact your nearest Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services office and make an appointment.
  4. When you arrive for your appointment you will be directed to a computer station where you can complete an electronic version of the application form.
  5. Staff will then scan your fingerprints and take your photo.
  6. You may be required by some counties to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgement.
  7. Obtain a CCW application form. Some parts of the form will need to be filled out in front of a witness at the Sheriffs office.
  8. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

More Details

The above information has been reduced down to the basic steps you will need to take. If you would like to go into much more detail please For a more detailed look at the steps please read the Florida Concealed Carry Application Page.

Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Renewal

Florida Concealed Carry Renewal

  • About 150 days before your license expires you should receive a renewal notice.
  • You can mail the form back or make an online renewal.
  • Renewals can be made up to 180 days after the expiration date.
  • If the permit has expired more than 180 days after the expiration date applicants will need to apply for a new permit.

Mailing Address
Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Renewal
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 323146387

More Details

We have a page setup to give you more detailed information about the renewal process. To get more information please read the Florida concealed weapons permit renewal page which gives you more details on making online renewals etc.

Florida CCW Cost

Florida Concealed Carry Permit Fees

Application ConditionsOriginalRenewal
Individual - Resident$97$45
Individual - Non-Resident$97$87
Florida Law Enforcement Officer$55$45
Florida Retired Law Enforcement Officer
(retired within 1 year)
Florida Retired Law Enforcement Officer
(retired more than 1 year)
Judge (active)$0$0
Consular Security Official$300$300

  • Duplication/Revised Fee: $15
  • All the listed fees are inclusive of a $42 fingerprint processing fee
  • State fee schedule
  • Tax collectors may also collect these additional fees;
    New Applications: $22
    Renewals: $12

Pointers: Florida Gun Laws

Where Can You Carry A Concealed Weapon In Florida

Places CCW Carry is Off-Limits

  • Any place of nuisance as defined in s. 823.05
  • Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station
  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail
  • Any courthouse or courtroom
  • Any polling place
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or special district
  • Any meeting of the Legislature or a committee thereof
  • Any school, college, or professional athletic event not related to firearms
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility or administration building
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
  • Any area of a vocational-technical center
  • Any college or university facility
  • Inside the passenger terminal and sterile area of any airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places CCW Carry is Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Florida Concealed Carry Laws

NO – Must Inform Officer

There is nothing in Florida gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are required by law to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

The Law


“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Florida gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a permit
It is lawful for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purposes within the interior of a private vehicle, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.

The Law
790.17 Minimum age to transport Firearm 18

NO – with or Without a permit
Open Carry is illegal in Florida even if you have a permit/license. Under section 790.25(3)(h)(j)(k) of the Florida statutes there are some limited situations were it is legal to open carry such as traveling to and being engaged in lawful target shooting, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Follow this link for a closer look at Florida Open Carry.

The Law


In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law
790.06 (12)


It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES  
State/National Forests:    YES
State Game Management Units:    YES
Road Side Rest Areas:   YES

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More Details


A Florida concealed weapons permit is issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
Applications can be submitted in the following ways;

  • Online
  • Mail
  • Regional office Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • Florida Tax Collectors Office
Appointments are required for new applications. Walk-ins will only be accepted for renewing a Florida concealed weapons permit. Some tax collector offices will accept walk-ins for renewals but not all.
No, having a Florida concealed weapons permit does exempt a person from a background check when purchasing a firearm in Florida.
Florida concealed weapon licenses are valid for seven years.

You need to provide a written request with a copy of a legal document that confirms your change of name. There is a $15 fee for name changes. This fee can be avoided if you submit the changes at the same time the permit is renewed.

You must notify the Division of licensing of any address change within 30 days. This can be submitted online or by mail to;

Division of Licensing
PO Box 6387
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6387

If you loose or damage your Florida concealed weapons license a duplicate can be obtained for $15. A notarized written statement must be submitted with an details on how your permit was lost, damaged or stolen along with a check or money order to the Division of Licensing.

It is not possible to transfer another state’s concealed carry permit/license to Florida.

If you currently have a concealed weapon license from another state that honors Florida concealed weapons permits and are moving to Florida, then you permit is valid for 90 days by establishing your legal residence via one of the following methods; 

  • Registering to vote
  • Making a statement of domicile s.222.17
  • Applying for a homestead exemption on property located in Florida
Yes, If you have been issued a green card and are a lawful permanent resident the Florida will issue you with a concealed weapons permit.

Yes it became effective on October 1, 2005

“Home protection; use or threatened use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.”

Non-Residents of Florida can apply in the same way as residents for a Florida concealed weapons permit. There are no extra steps required.

Get in Touch

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Miami-Dade Office


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7743 NW 48th St., Ste. 100

CityDoral, FL 33166-5407

Phone (305) 639-3500

Updates & Data

10/12/17Updated Ohio page, added new sections to statistics page
10/5/17Added video section to Florida page
10/3/17Updated Nevada page
10/2/17Updated Georgia page
9/30/17Updated Texas page
9/30/17Entered new figures for latest 2017 NICS checks on Statistics page
9/29/17Updated Pennsylvania page
9/26/17Updated Florida page, added new links, forms and sections
7/22/17updated permit numbers to latest figures
6/29/17Updated permit numbers to 14,917,279
6/17/17updated interface, added new travel info and other sections.
  • Crime Prevention Research Center
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Summary Report
  • Concealed Weapon or Firearm: Section 790.06, Florida Statutes, Fee Schedule
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Concealed Weapon License – Renew Your License

The percentage of population with a permit is actually 1.78%, we had to round it off to 2% as our counter will only accept whole numbers.
More detailed information can be found on the Statistics page.