INITIAL APPLICATIONS


Appointments are required, and are accepted at the downtown office, 1st floor, only. When you arrive for your appointment, a Tax Collector employee will direct you to a computer station where you will complete an electronic version of the application form. Once you have completed the electronic application, the employee will review your application, take your photograph, electronically scan your fingerprints, process your payment, and submit all documents to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

You should be able to complete the entire process in less than an hour.

Below are answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about Concealed Weapon License Applications:


What Should I Bring With me to the Tax Collector's Office?

You should have with you the following items/documents when you arrive at the Tax Collector’s office:

  • A picture ID. A driver license or state-issued identification card is acceptable
  • All legal documents that reflect a change of name, i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, court affidavit effecting legal name, etc.
  • A copy of a training document or other certificate that confirms that you are proficient with a firearm
  • If you have ever been arrested, you should bring with you certified copies of the court documentation reflecting the final disposition of the charge(s) filed against you
  • If you were born outside the United States, or if you are a permanent legal resident alien, you will need to bring official documentation with you that confirms your citizenship status. Review eligibility information concerning citizenship requirements.
  • We recommend you review the application instructions and Florida Statute 790 for additional items/documents you may need


How Much Does it Cost to Apply for a Florida Concealed Weapon License?

View the fees page for information on license fees.


How Can I Confirm that I am Eligible for a Concealed Weapon License Before Going to the Tax Collector's Office?

You can review the basic eligibility requirements for the Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License or take the online preliminary eligibility determination questionnaire. ​


How Long Will it Take for the Division to Process my Concealed Weapon License Application?

By law, FDACS must either issue a license or deny an application within 90 days of receiving a complete application. However, the actual turnaround time will ultimately depend on the workload facing FDACS employees in Tallahassee and may be substantially less than 90 days.

  • You can check the status of your application online using your tracking number.

You should be aware of two issues that may affect your application processing time:

  • If your electronic fingerprint scan is insufficiently legible to complete a background check, the division will notify you by letter stating you will need to submit another set of fingerprints. You can return to our office for a second fingerprint scan.
  • After FDACS employees have reviewed your application, you may be notified by letter if they need additional information from you. For example, the division may need clarification from you about your background check results. If you receive such a letter, you will need to respond by mail directly to FDACS.


Can I Change my Address on my Concealed Weapon License at Your Office?

Review our Conceal Weapon License Renewals page for more information.