Applicants may apply for an original concealed weapon license or renewal at our Inverness location.
Our office has partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to take and notarize applications, fingerprint applicants, and send the information securely to the department for final determination.
In addition to the convenience, the Concealed Weapon Intake System (CWIS) streamlines the application screening and review process, thereby reducing the time it takes our division to issue a license once the application package arrives in Tallahassee.
Please follow these steps to get your Concealed Weapons License
Step 1: Provide Identification
- Driver’s License, or
- State Identification Card, or
- U.S. Passport, or
- U.S. Active Duty /Retiree/ Reserve Military ID Card, or
- U.S. Tribal or Bureau of Indian Affairs ID card, or
- Foreign Passport with appropriate immigration documents, or
- An ID Card issued by U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service.
Step 2: Eligibility Requirements
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You are required by law to read and become knowledgeable of the provisions of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, relating to weapons and firearms, prior to submitting your application for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.
- You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm. See below for acceptable forms of training
- Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (US) AND be a US citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the US Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. If you are not a US citizen, submit documentation issued by the USCIS proving you are a permanent legal resident alien with proof you have resided in the state of residence (as shown on your application) for at least 90 consecutive days prior to the date the application is submitted.
Step 3: Provide Training Documents or Certificate of Firearm Proficiency
Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a concealed weapon license. A copy of a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION or similar document from any of the following courses or classes is acceptable:
- any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or a similar agency in another state;
- any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
- any firearm safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
- any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
- any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified instructor or by an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association.
The copy of the training certificate/document must be clear and legible. The certificate/document must include your name, your instructor’s name, your instructor’s qualifications/credentials (National Rifle Association instructor, law enforcement firearms instructor, Class “K” Firearm Instructor licensed by the State of Florida, etc.), and your instructor’s license/certification number.
Other acceptable forms of training documentation include the following:
- documentary evidence of experience with a firearm obtained through participation in organized shooting competition;
- active-duty military personnel may submit copies of any of the following documents that confirm your experience with a firearm gained during your service: military orders including call to active-duty letter; a statement of military service signed by, or at the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters which identifies you and provides your date of entry on your current active-duty period;
- former military personnel can submit a DD Form 214 reflecting honorable discharge from military service.
Step 4: You May Need Additional Documentation, If applicable
- If you have ever been arrested, you must bring a certified copy of the court documentation reflecting the final disposisiton of the charge(s) filed against you.,
- If you were born outside of the United States, or if you are a permanent legal resident alien, you must bring official documentation that confirms your citizenship status. *Please visit www.freshfromflorida.com to review citizenship eligibility requirements
Step 5: Complete and Submit Application
- The Concealed Weapon Intake System (CWIS) provides you with an opportunity to complete and submit your application, have your picture taken, scan your documents and electronically scan your fingerprints in person at our Inverness location.
Step 6: Pay applicable fees
Step 7: Appointments
Original CWL – Appointments are strongly encouraged to reduce your wait time.
Renewal CWL – Appointments are not taken for renewals; walk-ins only.
At the time of your appointment, you will be directed to a computer station where you will complete an electronic version of the application form. Staff will preview and notarize your application, scan your fingerprints, take your photograph, and process your payment.
Please click here to schedule your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
A1: First, one of our staff members will direct you to a computer station where you will complete an on-line application form. (Please note that you do not need to complete an application form in advance.) We will review your application for completeness. Then, we will take your photograph and electronically scan your fingerprints.
Q2: How long will it take to do this?
A2: You should be able to complete the entire process in an hour or less.
Q3: How long will it take for FDACS to process my concealed weapon license application?
A3: By law, FDACS has 90 days from the date your application is submitted to process it (Section 790.06, Florida Statutes). However, using our fast-track process, the wait is considerably shorter. You may always check on the status of your application by calling (850) 245-5691 and selecting option 1.
Q4: Is your office responsible for deciding who is eligible to receive a concealed weapon license?
A4: No, our office will simply be accepting applications, taking ID photos and fingerprinting applicants. The FDACS will continue to process all applications and make determinations regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure.
Q5: Is my personal information still protected and exempt from public record if I apply in person at your office?
A5: This convenience does not change the integrity of the concealed weapon license program. All personal identifying information of applicants and licensees will continue to be confidential and exempt from disclosure as public records. (Section 790.0601, Florida Statutes)
Q6: Can I renew my concealed weapon license at your office?
A6: Yes! Our office is also completing renewal applications. The FDACS will send your renewal application form with complete instructions on how to renew your license approximately 150 days prior to the expiration date of your license.
Q7: Can I change my address on my concealed weapon license at your office?
A7: No, you will need to contact the FDACS directly to notify them of your change of address. Click here for more information.
Q8: Are there discounts for active or retired Florida law enforcement employees?
A8: Yes, however, you must bring the following documentation to qualify for the reduced licensing fees.
Retired Florida Law Enforcement Required Documentation
If you are retired from a Florida law enforcement agency by which you were employed as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer, you must bring a copy of an official document that shows the date of your retirement and the name of the public agency from which you retired. Simply having been formerly employed at one time as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer is not sufficient. Note also that Florida law does not extend this fee exemption to federal law enforcement retirees or law enforcement retirees from other states.
Active Florida Law Enforcement Required Documentation
You must bring an official letter on agency letterhead stating that you are currently employed with that agency as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer. The letter must be signed by the agency head, the agency’s authorized representative, or the agency’s personnel officer.
Expedited Service for Active Military Members and Veterans
Our office is proud to assist with the expediting of Florida Concealed Weapon License applications for active military members and veterans.
Active military personnel who want to expedite their Florida Concealed Weapon License application should bring a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification to their appointment. We can also accept a copy of service members’ current orders as proof of active duty status. Honorably discharged veterans should bring a copy of their DD 214 long form.