FLORIDA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide
Florida Firearm License
- Florida CCW License Requirements
- Applying for Florida CCW License
- Florida CCW Firearm License Renewals
- Florida CCW Firearm License Fee's
- 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
Follow these steps to obtain a permit;
- Complete your firearm training course if required.
- Decide which method you will submit your application with, either fast track or mail.
- With fast track contact your nearest Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services office and make an appointment.
- 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.
- Staff will then scan your fingerprints and take your photo.
- You may be required by some counties to take a psychological test to assess your moral character and judgement.
- 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.
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
About 150 days before your license expires you should receive a renewal notice.
You can mail the form back or make an online renewal.
Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Renewal
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6387
Tallahasse, FL 323146387
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WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT
Where You Can Carry
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state – except those listed below
Where You Cannot Carry
- 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.
Details on Florida Gun Laws
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
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.
“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.
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.
Open Carry is illegal in Florida even if you have a permit/license.
“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.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas
Get in Touch
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Address 7743 NW 48th St., Ste. 100
CityDoral, FL 33166-5407
Phone (305) 639-3500