A 'concealed firearm' is defined under the law as a loaded or unloaded handgun.
Florida: In 1987, Florida passed a Concealed Weapon License law that was non-discretionary and guaranteed concealed weapon licenses to be issued to anyone in the State of Florida that meets the set requirements. This law was revised in 1993 to allow any citizen not living in Florida to obtain a Florida Concealed Weapon License as well.
As of December 31, 2014, Florida has issued 1,345,558 Concealed Weapon Licenses.
Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses are issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
To obtain a Florida Concealed Weapon License, you must be 21 years of age or older and display competency with a firearm. You must currently reside in the United States and be a US Citizen or permanent resident alien. If you are deployed with the Military, you must submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. If you are a permanent resident alien, you must provide your Permanent Resident Alien Card.
The processing time for a Florida Concealed Weapon License is approximately 90 days from the date they receive your application.
The initial fee for a Florida Concealed Weapon License for residents and non-residents is $112.00 which includes a $42.00 fingerprint processing fee and a $70.00 initial license fee. Renewals for residents cost $60.00 and $102.00 for non-residents which includes a $42.00 fingerprint processing fee. (You should receive a renewal form with instructions approximately 150 days before your license expires.) If your license has expired, you have up to 30 days to renew it. After 30 days, you must apply for a new permit. To obtain a revised or duplicate copy of your Florida Concealed Weapon License, the cost is $15.00. If you are an active or recently retired Florida Law Enforcement Officer or an active Judge, some of these fees may be reduced or waived.
Florida does NOT allow you to transfer another state's concealed carry permit or license to Florida. You must apply for a new Florida Concealed Weapon License. If you are moving to Florida and have a concealed weapon license or permit from another state that recognizes Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses, your permit is valid for 90 days from the date that you established legal residence via registering to vote, making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17, or filing for homestead tax exemption on property in Florida.
The following permits are recognized by the State of Florida: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The following permits are NOT recognized by the State of Florida: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New York City, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virgin Islands, Washington, Wisconsin, American Samoa and North Mariana Islands.
Permits are ONLY issued to residents in the following states: Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licenses that were issued on or after June 11, 2008 are valid for seven (7) years. Licenses issued before June 11, 2008 are only valid for five (5) years. You can find the expiration date on the front of your license.
You are only required to carry your Florida Concealed Weapon License and valid identification when carrying concealed and must display both upon demand by a law enforcement officer.
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