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. 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.
Review Florida Statues Section Section 790.06 to learn more.
- Determine if you are eligible for a concealed weapon license by reading the eligibility requirements or answering a few simple questions.
- Applicants must demonstrate competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a license. Learn more about the acceptable forms of training.
- Read the Application Instructions to learn what is required when you complete and submit your application.
- Bring all of the required documentation with you so that you can submit your application in person.
Check the status of your application online or by calling (850) 245-5691 (850) 245-5691 and selecting the first option
Frequently Asked Questions for Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Application at Tax Collector’s Offices
Q: What is a concealed weapon or firearm license?
- 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.
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: Where can an applicant apply for a license?
A: Interested individuals can apply by mail or in person at eight regional offices across the state. Approved tax collectors’ offices began accepting applications in 2014. Appointments are required in FDACS Regional Offices; applicants should contact tax collectors directly to determine whether an appointment will be required in order to apply at an approved tax collector’s office.
Q: What is the charge?
A: An initial license costs a total of $97. A renewal license is $45. Discounts apply for active and retired Florida law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and correctional probation officers. Tax collectors may also charge a convenience fee ($22 for new license and $12 for renewal). Visit FreshFromFlorida.com/content/download/7438/118429/License_Fees.pdf
to view our complete fee schedule.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted?
A: Wakulla County accepts Cash & Checks only.
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 FreshFromFlorida.com/Licensing