Frequently Asked Questions about Florida Concealed Carry Permits

Below are answers to the most common questions we get about obtaining a Florida Concealed Carry Permit (CCW)

Do I have to be a Florida resident to Apply?

No. You must be a Citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien and must currently reside in this country

Do I have to be a US Citizen to apply?

No. You must be a Citizen or a permanent resident alien and currently reside in this country

How long do I have to live in Florida to qualify as a resident?

Here is what Florida uses to determine if you are a resident. Any will suffice.

  • Formal declaration of residency (Declaration of Domicile);
  • Your designated mailing address;
  • Informal statements regarding residency;
  • Your place of employment;
  • Termination of your previous residency in another state or country;
  • Registration to vote in Florida;
  • A Florida driver’s license;
  • Florida license tags on all of your vehicles;
  • Using a Florida address on your federal income tax forms; and/or
  • Previously filed Florida intangible tax returns.

What would make me ineligible to apply for or receive the permit?

You must be 21 years of age or older.

You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.

Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (US) AND be a US citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the US Armed Forces, submit a copy of your deployment documentation with your application. Those who are ‘Resident Aliens’ must provide a valid Permanent Resident Alien card.

The state of Florida has a great website that you can go to in order to determine your eligibility for a permit. Click here.

What is the Application Fee for the Florida permit?

The total fee for the License is 97.00. It consist of 2 fees:

  1. License fee of 55.00
  2. Fingerprint processing fee 42.00

This does not include any class fees required for the license.

What is the Renewal Fee?

$45.00 but renewing non-residents will need to pay an additional $42 for a new fingerprint processing fee

Will I be notified when my permit is going to expire?

Approximately 150 days prior to the expiration date of your license, the division will send you the renewal form with complete instructions on how to renew your license. To help ensure the Division of Licensing has sufficient time to process your renewal application prior to the expiration date of your current license, complete and return your renewal form immediately

How long does it take to get the permit after my application has been submitted?

Once the Division of Licensing has your complete application, it will take about 90 days for the Division to process it and notify you of the outcome. Processing may take longer than 90 days if additional information regarding criminal records must be obtained.

What is the complete process to obtain the permit?

Here you can read our guide: Process overview for obtaining a Florida Concealed Carry Permit

What is Your Refund Policy? What If I Can’t Attend the Class I Signed Up For?

We will refund students when unable to attend a class they have prepaid for. We ask for prepayment only to have a reliable count of how many students are coming. This has become necessary because we fill most of our classes to capacity. Our full refund policy can be see here.

How long is the class?

The class is about 3 hours. A lot depends on the students in the class. If a lot of students are new to firearms it may take longer.

Do I have to shoot a firearm for this class?

Yes there is live fire in this class. We do supply the firearm.

What forms of payment will accept for the course?

Cash, check, or credit card (Visa, or MasterCard). We prefer if you prepay online but should you feel uncomfortable you can call us to make other arrangements. (Phone number above)


  1. robert g woodward & Elizabeth Woodward on November 28, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    I misplaced my renewal for a concealed permit for my wife and myself, to apply on line for both myself and my wife’s renewak Ineed the tracking numbers from the renewal forms which I have misplaced. How do I get the tracking numbers?