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How to Apply for a Concealed Weapon License

  1. Determine if you are eligible for a concealed weapon license.
    1. You must be 21 years of age or older.
    2. You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.
    3. Unless you are serving overseas in the United States Armed Forces, you must currently reside in the United States (U.S.) AND be a U.S. citizen or deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If you are serving overseas in the U.S. 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.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a license.Learn more about the acceptable forms of training. Florida law requires you to submit proof of competency with a firearm in order to qualify for a concealed weapon license. A copy of a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION or similar document from any of the following courses or classes is acceptable:

    Any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or a similar agency in another state;

    1. Any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
    2. Any firearm safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
    3. Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
    4. Any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state­certified instructor or by an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association. The copy of the training certificate/document must be clear and legible and must include:
      1. Your name,
      2. Your instructor’s name,
      3. Your instructor’s qualifications/credentials (National Rifle Association instructor, law enforcement firearms instructor, Class “K” Firearm Instructor licensed by the State of Florida, etc.), and
      4. Your instructor’s license/certification number.

    Other acceptable forms of training documentation include the following:

    1. Documentary evidence of experience with a firearm obtained through participation in organized shooting competition;
    2. Active­duty military personnel may submit copies of any of the following documents that confirm your experience with a firearm gained during your service:
      1. Military orders including call to active­duty letter;
      2. A statement of military service signed by, or at the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters which identifies you and provides your date of entry on your current active­duty period;
    3. Former military personnel can submit a DD Form 214 reflecting honorable discharge from military service.
    4. Read the Application Instructions to learn what is required when you complete and submit your application.
    5. Submit your application in person or by mail.

Testimonials

"Thanks again for a wonderful class. You were entertaining, informative, and a great teacher! 5stars

by Gloria N.

I am a woman that had been interested in getting my concealed weapon license for a long time. After discussing getting my CWL with some of my friends, they had also been thinking about getting their licenses. I decided to invite friends over to my house for Concealed Weapon License Party. Matt’s class is very informative, empowering, and entertaining. This class will prepare you to own and operate a concealed weapon as well as understand the laws. He brings the weapons to the class so all you need to do is show up.

5stars

by Becky P

I attended Matt’s Concealed Weapon License class and he spends sufficient. I did not have experience with handguns but felt very comfortable after the class that I could operate the gun, and had a clear understanding my legal limitations. Matt’s class should be mandatory for everyone with or without a gun. 5stars

by Mark H