If you have any criminal charges on you in the past, get certified copies of your records to submit as well.
Take a fingerprint card to a local sheriff’s office and get your fingerprints taken. Electronic fingerprints can expedite things way faster. Here’s some information on electronic fingerprints. ($10 at the Sheriff’s office, then $31.5 to submit them to Florida)
Fill out your application (in ink) or type the information.
Get your application notarized (no longer a requirement, but we still notarize applications during our classes). ($5)
Submit a check or money order for your concealed carry permit fees ($55)
The eligibility requirements to get a CCW (CWP) or concealed weapons permit are as follows:
You must be 21 years of age or older.
You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
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).
Possible reasons you would be denied a CWP (concealed weapons permit:
The physical inability to handle a firearm safely
A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).
Having adjudication withheld or sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three years have elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled.
A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.
A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.
A record of drug or alcohol abuse.
Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.
Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.
Failing to provide proof of proficiency with a firearm.
Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.
Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.
A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
Being a fugitive from justice.
Where can I carry a concealed weapon?
You can carry a concealed weapon almost anywhere. Here are places you cannot carry a concealed firearm in Florida:
Government buildings (post office, schools, courtrooms, etc)
Bars (or establishments that sell mostly alcohol)
You are allowed to carry in most other places – even banks!
If a business has a sign on the door that prohibits firearms in their building, is it a crime for me to enter while I’m carrying concealed?
No. It is not a crime to enter the building.
A business cannot remove your right to the second amendment with a sign on their door, however, if someone notices your firearm and asks you to leave, you must leave the building immediately without being rude or causing a scene. If you fail to leave the building, you will be charged with trespassing – and if you trespass with a firearm, you’re in pretty bad shape.
In every movie theater in Citrus County, there is a sign outside the door that states firearms and other concealed weapons are not allowed. I actively choose to ignore that sign – because I’d rather be” tried by 12 than carried by 6.” What happened in Colorado isn’t going to happen on my watch!
Which Concealed Carry Class Should I Take?
Hands down, our course is the best concealed carry class on the planet. We offer way more information than most classes.
Do I Need a Concealed Carry License to Have a Gun in My Vehicle?
No. Here in Florida, if you are lawfully allowed to own a handgun, you may have a concealed gun in your glove box or center console at any time. It can be loaded and there is no requirement to have your gun in a holster.