Getting a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Florida

Written by J. Hirby and Fact Checked by The Law Dictionary Staff  

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing issues concealed weapons permits. According to Section 790.06 (1) of the Florida Statutes, handguns, electronic weapons, tear gas guns, knives, and billy clubs are legally allowable concealed weapons.

Permits are valid for seven years after issuance. Permits are valid statewide. The license must be with the person when they are carrying the weapon.

According to Section 790.06 (2) of the Florida Statues, the following people are authorized to carry concealed weapons:

? Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
? 21 years or older
? No physical infirmity making it impossible to handle a weapon safely
? No one convicted of a felony
? No one committed for substance abuse in the last three years
? Not a chronic abuser of alcohol or other substances to a point where their daily functioning is impaired
? Intends to use weapon lawfully or for self-defense
? Completes safety program through NRA or other state approved training program.

People desiring a concealed weapon permit in Florida must apply to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing. The application and instructions can be found online at http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/FORMS/FormsRequest790.html.

You can submit the application by mail. Include everything they ask for such as proof of safety training, photograph, proof of citizenship, and fingerprints. To submit your fingerprints, you will need to have a fingerprint card mailed to you. You can have your fingerprints taken at a law enforcement agency such as a county sheriff's office. Mail the completed fingerprint card with the application.

If you apply at one of the eight regional offices, a staff member will review the application, take your fingerprints, look at your ID, take your picture, and process your payment. You can call ahead for an appointment to make sure that there is a staff member available to assist you. The regional offices are located in Ft. Walton, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Punta Gorda, West Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade.

Regardless of how you complete the application, your signature must be witnessed by a notary.

Remember that it will speed up your application process if you submit all of the required information at the same time.

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