Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Florida concealed carry laws?

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a lot of helpful information on their website. You can read the Florida carry law here: Florida Statute 790.06.

Who may take the class?

Anyone may take the class including those who reside in other states and foreign nationals. However, you must meet certain state requirements to receive your permit. The requirements are that you must be at least 21, a permanent U.S. resident and pass several background checks.

How do I get my Florida Concealed Weapon License?

The easiest way to apply is by making an appointment at one of several dozen Concealed Weapon License Service Locations throughout the state. You may also apply by mail, but will still need to visit your local sheriff's office for fingerprinting.

Can I fail the class?

The only way to fail the class is to intentionally violate one of the gun safety rules. Safety is the primary concept taught in the class and must be followed at all times.

What should I bring to the class?

Your driver's license or state-issued ID. Your pistol and 20 rounds of ammo. Eye and ear protection is required on the range.

What if I don’t have a pistol?

You may rent a gun from the instructor for $10, which includes the ammunition. Please bring cash to cover the rental fee.

Is there an extra range fee?

Yes, several of the ranges that we use have a range fee of up to $22 for the shooting portion of the class. This is an additional fee not included in the class price.

Can I take the class if I’ve never fired a gun?

Absolutely. The class covers shooting fundamentals and the operation of a handgun. You will leave the class knowing the basics of shooting.

What other states honor my license?

See the map on our Classes page or click on any state in this reciprocity map to see the states where that permit/license is honored.

How long is my license valid?

The Florida Concealed Weapon License is valid for 7 years.

How do I renew my license?

Approximately five months prior to the expiration of your license, you will receive a renewal form and instructions in the mail.

When I get my license, should I carry a handgun?

Carrying a loaded gun is not meant to bring some excitement into your life. When you carry a concealed handgun, you take on an extra burden and a significant responsibility to yourself, your family and your community. You carry the means to protect life and deal out death. You will be held to a higher standard of conduct.

If you cannot accept this responsibility, adapt your lifestyle, and make a significant commitment to training, you should not carry a handgun. You will be a risk to yourself and those around you.

When should I use a gun to defend myself?

If you ever shoot someone no matter how justified, your life as you know it is over. Don't ever do it unless it is the absolute last resort to save your life or the life of someone you care about.