How to Apply for your Florida Concealed Weapons Permit

Step One:

Take our Florida concealed carry class! it's only $49 and we teach classes weekly in Tampa, Largo,  and Brandon. The State of Florida requires you to take a class by an NRA Instructor before you can apply for your permit (that's the part we do).

Here are the two options to submit your application.

Regional Office- Scheduling an Appointment

I believe this is the easiest way to submit your application, however, it does cost a little more money. I would also like to note that they're very efficient and you will be in and out in 15 minutes...they should get the Driver's Licensing place right?

The first step is to schedule your appointment by going to CWP Appointment. The wait times for your appointment will be one to two weeks, however, some of the offices will allow walk-ins.

At your Appointment:

First, you will complete your application on a computer from the 1980’s. It's a pretty basic application, however, there are some key points I want you to be aware of.

Your social security number is optional in this document. My word of advice is to list your social security number. It makes the background check a lot smoother. You will also be asked to answer some questions which can be confusing for some people. If you get stuck,  just ask for clarification from one of the representatives.

Second, you will be electronically fingerprinted. So if you have outstanding warrants for kidnapping a goat or anything similar. I would clear that up before proceeding.

Third, It's picture time. Make sure you look nice for this part. I was wearing and brushed off my haircut for the last three months and didn’t think for a minute they would ask me to remove it. Well...I was wrong and I look like a drug addict in my picture.

Fourth, Pay your filing fee. If you're submitting your application at a Department of Agriculture office the processing fee will be $102. If you're at a Regional Office, like the Tax Collector or Clerk of the Court, the fee will be $124. I'm not sure why but this is the Government we're talking about. Remember most offices will accept all payment forms except cash.

Fifth, You will need a couple of additional documents. A valid driver's license or ID card, a copy of your concealed carry class certificate you received at the end of your class. If you are Active Duty Military or veteran you will want to bring your DD form 214 or CAC card. This will expedite your application.  

    Waiting Sucks

It never fails. When I’m super excited about something it takes forever. One cool thing is that the application office will provide you with an Application Control Number which you can use to check the status of your application online. Use the link below Check Permit Status.

Snail Mail

I find this process to a pain, but it is the best option if driving to a regional office isn't an option.

First, you must complete the application and have it certified by a notary. Your local bank or Post Office can help you with this.

Second, it's time to get fingerprinted by a law enforcement officer. Your local Police or Sheriff office can take care of this for you for a small fee. Usually around $20.

Third, You will need a passport style photo taken of yourself. Any photography studio or Walgreens can do this for you for around $12-$17.

Fourth, You will need a couple of additional documents. A copy of your driver's license or ID card, a copy of your concealed carry class certificate. If you are Active Duty Military or veteran you will need a copy of your DD form 214 or CAC card. This will expedite your application.  

Finally, you need to submit the above documents to the Department of Agriculture. Along with a check or money order in the amount of $60, this is your filing fee. You will also need to include a copy of your concealed carry certificate. It's never smart to send the original.

The snail mail option is great if you live out of state or out of reasonable driving distance from a regional office. This process requires a lot of running around,  but it's important to choose the best option for you.

I hope this helps clarify the process of submitting your application through the State. If you have additional questions please feel free to comment below or contact Tampa Carry by email at or you can call or text at 813-545-1798. If you are interested in getting your Florida Concealed Weapons Permit, please click here to see our online concealed carry class schedule. 

Stay Safe Friends! 

Ryan Thomas

P.S. Sorry for any grammatical errors, I am an instructor, not an editor :)