Concealed Weapon License Applications & Renewals
Due to equipment restrictions, applications and fingerprints will only be accepted in the
Viera & Merritt Island Offices
Legislation passed in 2014 allows the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to partner with Florida Tax Collectors to offer a streamlined and secure application process.
The concealed weapon license application will be completed at a computer station then reviewed and notarized. The applicant will be photographed and electronically fingerprinted. The process takes less than an hour and prescreening decreases the likelihood of the application being delayed due to errors or omissions.
An applicant's eligibility for licensure will be made by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
If your Florida Concealed Weapon License was issued on or after Wednesday, June 11, 2008, it is valid for seven years. The expiration date appears on the front of your license. If you hold a valid Florida Concealed Weapon License issued prior to June 11, 2008, that license is valid for only five years. It will expire on the date that appears on the face of the license. When you renew your concealed weapon license, your new license will be valid for seven years.
Approximately 150 days prior to the expiration date of your license, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will send you the renewal notice.
Bring all of the required information to submit your renewal package in person using our fast-track process. All of this information may be found on your Concealed Weapon License and your renewal notice.
Required Information for Renewals
1. Your Concealed Weapon License Number or Concealed Weapon License Renewal Notice
2. State issued Photo ID that includes full name and date of birth
3. Legal name change documentation if applicable i.e. marriage certificate, court records, etc.
If you fail to renew your Concealed Weapon License by its expiration date, it can be renewed up to six (6) months beyond the expiration date, in accordance with section 790.06(11)(a), Florida Statutes. However, there is a late fee of $15 for renewing after the expiration date. A Concealed Weapon License that has been expired for longer than six months cannot be renewed. If you fail to renew within that six-month period after expiration, you will have to apply for a new license. You cannot carry a concealed weapon or firearm after your license has expired.
Review Florida Statues Section Section 790.06 to learn more.
2. Applicants must demonstrate competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a license. Learn more about the acceptable forms of training.
3. Read the Application Instructions to learn what is required when you complete and submit your application.
4. Make an appointment. Please note that appoinments are not required, but are preferred for faster service.
5. Bring all of the required documentation with you so that you can submit your applicaiton in person.
- If a U.S. citizen born outside the U.S.: U.S. passport, Certificate of Birth Abroad (FS-240), Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350), Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570) or Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
- If a permanent resident alien: USCIS documentation showing permanent resident alien status (I-551) along with proof of residence of at least 90 days, such as utility bills, pay stubs or credit statements
- Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens do not qualify for a concealed weapon license.
6. Check the status of your application online or by calling (850) 245-5691(850) 245-5691 and selecting option 1.
Please note: If paying by credit card, our third-party payment processor, Grant Street Group, will charge a 2.5% convenience fee.
CONCEALED WEAPON OR FIREARM FEE SCHEDULE LICENSE TYPE FINGERPRINT PROCESSING FEE INITIAL LICENSE FEE SERVICE FEE TOTAL RENEWAL FEE RENEWAL SERVICE FEE Concealed Weapon or Firearm
$42 $60 $22 $124 $50 $12 Concealed or Firearm
Out of State Resident
$42 $60 $22 $124 $92 $12 Florida Law Enforcement Officer
NONE $60 $22 $82 $50 $12 Florida Law Enforcement Officer
RETIRED within preceding year
NONE NONE $22 $22 $30 $12 Florida Law Enforcement Officer
RETIRED more than one year
$42 $30 $22 $94 $30 $12 Consular Security Official NONE $300 $22 $322 $300 $12 Judge, ACTIVE NONE NONE $22 $22 NONE $12
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What will happen once I arrive?
A1: First, you will need to check in at the Triage Station. One of our staff members will direct you to an office 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 and notarize it. 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(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. You should have with you the following items/documents when you arrive at the office to apply for a renewal license: a picture ID (a driver license or state-issued identification card is acceptable), your payment, any legal documentation concerning a name change and a your renewal notice.
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.