Q: What is a concealed weapon or firearm license?

A: A concealed weapon or firearm license (CWL, also sometimes called a concealed/carry permit) allows individuals with valid licenses to carry weapons (as defined in Chapter 790, Florida Statutes) or firearms concealed on their persons.

Q: Who can get a concealed weapon license?

A: Requirements are outlined in state law. You must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident alien and 21 years of age (service members as defined in Section 250.01, Florida Statutes, and honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces can apply at 18) and meet certain requirements regarding criminal history. Felons are not eligible.

Q: How long does it take to process my application?

A: The state is allowed 90 days from the date of receiving a complete application to process the application and either issue a license or deny the application. An incomplete application (application not signed, unanswered questions, etc.), not submitting required supporting documents, illegible fingerprint submissions, or an applicant’s criminal history may result in extended processing times.

The department is now expediting all Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications submitted by active military members and veterans.

Active military personnel who want to apply for a concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications. The department will also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status.

Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications

Q: How can an applicant check on the status of an application?

A: Call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services at (850) 245-5691 or go to https://licensing.freshfromflorida.com/CWStatusCheck/CWStatusChk.aspx to check the status of your application.

Q: Is personal information still protected? Is applicants’ information, including names, still exempt from public record?

A: 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)

Q: Are tax collectors now deciding who is eligible to receive the license?

A: Tax collectors will simply be accepting applications and fingerprints. All processing and determinations regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure will still be made by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Q: Where can I find more information?

A: Visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com/Licensing.