How to Apply
HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR
FLORIDA CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT
1. You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for your Florida concealed weapons permit.
2. You must be either a US citizen or legal permanent US resident.
3. You must attend our firearm training class to qualify and become certified.
4. You do not need to be a Florida resident to apply.
PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING THAT MAY APPLY TO YOU:
1. If you are a “U.S. BORN CITIZEN”, please provide a valid drivers license from any state.
2. If you are a U.S. CITIZEN “BORN OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.” please also provide a valid U.S. passport or your naturalization certificate.
3. If you are a “PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENT ALIEN”, please also provide your alien registration identification card.
Immediately after completing our concealed weapons class, we will cover how to apply for your concealed weapons permit in person and electronically with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regional offices.
There you will have your fingerprints, passport photos taken electronically and at no cost to you. Your permit application processed and submitted electronically in order to be expedited and issued in 3-6 weeks.
The State of Florida has a licensing fee of $112, the same fee that’s typically mailed out with your concealed weapons application package.
If you have ever been “ARRESTED BUT NOT CONVICTED”, in Florida, in another state or out of the country, as a juvenile or as an adult, even if the case was set aside, vacated, dismissed, reversed, adjudication was withheld even if the case has been sealed or if the record has been expunged, it is strongly recommended that you provide the state with (A CERTIFIED CASE DISPOSITION) for each arrest you’ve had to accompany your Miami concealed weapons permit application submittal.
If you have been “ARRESTED AND CONVICTED OF A FELONY” we strongly recommend that you make certain that your firearm rights have been restored, your firearm rights are different and separate from your civil rights. Before applying for a Florida concealed weapons permit, inquire directly with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to determine your eligibility and requirements for your specific situation (850) 245-5691.
You may apply for a Florida concealed weapon permit without providing a certified case disposition however, by not submitting this legal document, the issuance of your Miami concealed weapon permit may encounter unnecessary delays and/or may be denied. An arrest will not necessarily preclude you from being issued a Florida concealed weapons permit as long as the all the proper documentation is submitted with your concealed weapons permit application. The approval or disapproval of your concealed weapons permit is a decision made by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Again, if you have any doubt, please inquire directly with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to determine your eligibility for a Florida concealed weapons permit (850) 245-5691.
Frequently asked questions
When is the concealed weapons class offered?
Our concealed weapons permit class begins everyday, 7 days a week at 9:00 am. You’ll be done with everything including the gun range qualification by approximately 1:00 pm.
How much does the class cost to attend?
The class cost is $100 to attend. In the cost, we will provide you with everything you will need to attend the class and qualify in the gun range. You just need to bring yourself and we’ll take care of all the details.
The State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a licensing fee of $112, this fee is payable directly to the state of Florida when you apply for your permit in their offices.
How long is the class?
Our concealed weapons permit class is 3 hours long plus the gun range qualification.
Are weekend classed available?
Are the Firearm Instructors NRA Certified, licensed and Insured?
Yes, all of our Firearm Instructors are NRA Certified, licensed and have full liability insurance.
Does your instruction facility have a gun range?
Our gun range is conveniently located four blocks East of our classroom.
Do I need to own and bring a firearm?
No, you will not need to own or bring a firearm to the class. We will provide you with the highest quality loaned 9mm firearms (an H&K USP or an H&K P30) and the necessary ammunition to qualify with in the gun range. We will also provide you with proper eye and hearing protections as well as the required targets.
Are the gun range fees also included in the cost of attending the class?
Yes, the gun range fees are included. There are no hidden fees.
Will I need to have my fingerprints taken at the police station?
No, as a courtesy, the state of Florida’s Department of Agricultures Regional Office will take your fingerprints for you electronically inside their office at no extra cost to you.
Will I need to provide my own passport photos?
No, as a courtesy, the state of Florida’s Department of Agricultures Regional Office will take your passport photos for you electronically inside their office at no extra cost to you.
Will I need to have my concealed weapons permit application notarized?
As a courtesy, the state of Florida’s Department of Agricultures Regional Office will notarize your concealed weapons permit application for you inside their office at no extra cost to you.
Will I need to mail out my concealed weapons permit application?
No, as a courtesy, the state of Florida’s Department of Agricultures Regional Office will electronically scan and submit all of your concealed weapons permit application documents for you inside their office at no extra cost to you.
How long will it take for my permit to be issued?
By submitting your concealed weapons permit application electronically and in person, the issuance of your concealed weapons permit will be greatly expedited. It typically takes four to six weeks to receive your concealed weapons permit in the mail and often even sooner.
Are there any other fees involved?
Only the $112 licensing fee payable directly to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. There are no other fees involved.
Can I pay for the class with a credit card?
Yes, we accept all credit cards.
Do I need to pay for the class when I sign up?
No, you may pay for the class upon arrival or you may pay when you sign up on line.
Do I need to sign up on line?
No, You can simply give us a call and we’ll arrange everything for you over the phone.
Where’s the class located?
Our classroom is located:
1414 N.W. 107 Avenue Suite 406B Doral, Florida 33172
(We’re immediately across the street from International Mall in Doral)
We’re also immediately right off the (826) and (836) Expressway and Florida Turnpike exits.
Can I attend the class without registering online or calling?
We are by appointment only, we cannot accept walk in students. We want to make certain we can properly accommodate all our students and provide them with everything we promise to offer.
How old to I need to be to attend the class?
To apply for a concealed weapons permit, you must be 21 years old. However, you may attend our class and become certified for a concealed weapons permit before the age of 21, you’ll just need to wait until your 21st birthday to apply for your permit.
What if I have an arrest record?
If the arrest was traffic related or a DUI conviction not exceeding two within a 2 year period, it’s not a problem. If you have a criminal arrest, no matter how small or how long ago, even as juvenile, even if expunged, you will need to provide the state of Florida with a CERTIFIED CASE DISPOSITION for each arrest. You may apply for your permit without a certified case disposition however, it will delay the process and issuance of your permit.
Is there a test involved after the class?
No, no test is required to be qualified for a Florida concealed weapons permit.
Will I need to take notes?
No. However, we will provide you with pen and paper if you would like to do so.
Is there a numerical minimum qualification score when we qualify in the gun range?
No, for concealed weapon permit classes, the state of Florida under the 790 statutes has stated, “the student must demonstrate the ability to discharge a firearm in a safe manner in the presence of an NRA certified or state licensed Firearms Instructor. There is no failing the firearm qualification unless the student is deemed to be unsafe in the use of firearms by the Firearms Instructor.
Can I take the concealed weapons permit class on line?
No, although this is an information based class, there are too many hands on variables involved that simply make an on line class impossible.
Not all students have prior firearm handling experience and everyone follows along at a different pace. This is why student interaction is strongly encouraged in our class. There’s also hands on learning that can’t be offered with an on line class. Most importantly, the gun range qualification, as per the Florida 790 statutes, a certified or licensed Firearms Instructor has to witness the student discharge a firearm in a safe manner.
How long is a Florida concealed weapons permit valid?
The Florida concealed weapons permit is valid for a period of 7 years. You will be notified a few months of its expiration to renew it. The renewal cost as of this date is, $60.
Do I need to apply for my permit immediately after the class?
No, the certification you’ll be issued does not expire. You can submit the certification at any time to apply for your concealed weapons permit.
Do I need to be a U.S. permanent resident to apply for a permit?
Yes, you’ll need to be a permanent U.S. resident to apply for a concealed weapons permit in Florida.
Can I apply for a permit having a work or travel visa?
No, you’ll need to be a permanent U.S. resident to apply for a concealed weapons permit in Florida.
Do I need to be a Florida resident to apply for a permit?
No, Florida will issue non-resident concealed weapon permits that are valid not only in Florida but in over 30 other states. Yes, you can live in another state and apply for a Florida concealed weapons permit.
How many states reciprocate (recognize and accept) the Florida concealed weapons license?
As of this date, there are 34 states who reciprocate with Florida.
Can I open carry in the state of Florida?
No, you may only carry a concealed weapon on or about your person provided you have a concealed weapons license. There are certain circumstances in where you can open carry… In your home, place of employment, while fishing or camping… nevertheless, use caution.
How old do I need to be to purchase a firearm in Florida?
In Florida, 21 years of age for a hand gun and 18 years of age for a rifle or shotgun. However, the gun store may legally opt not to sell anyone under 21 years of age any firearm.
Can I cancel or reschedule at the last minute?
Yes, since we offer class everyday and we comprehend that last minute things happen, you’re always welcome to reschedule to attend on a day that works better for you.
Can I carry a concealed weapon while I wait for my concealed weapons permit to arrive?
No, in order to legally carry a concealed weapon in Florida, you must have your concealed weapons license and drivers license on your person.
Am I restricted to carry the specific firearm or kind of firearm I quailed with in the class?
No, in Florida, you can legally carry any firearm provided that you can keep it concealed, “out of the plain sight of another individual”.
Does a concealed weapons license or certification from another state work to apply for a Florida license?
Not always, not in most cases. Please call the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Licensing Division to inquire directly (850) 245-5691
Must I legally register my firearms?
No, In Florida, firearm registration does not exist.
Do I need a license to purchase a firearm in Florida?
No, to purchase a firearm in Florida, you select the firearm you want to purchase, you fill out an ATF 4473 form, you pay for the firearm and an instant background check is performed by the Federal Firearms Licensed dealer (the gun shop). Provided you pass the background check, if you do not have a concealed weapon or firearm license, you’ll need to wait 3 days or 5 days in Miami-Dade county to pick up the firearm and take it home. If you have a concealed weapon or firearm license and provided you pass the background check, you’ll be taking the firearm home that same day.
If you purchase the firearm privately (from someone) there’s no waiting period or background check required. There’s also no documentation of the sale legally required although, it will be a good idea to get a bill of sale for both parties to keep (does not need to be notarized).
Are laws governing concealed weapons covered during the class?
No, all firearm instructors are not attorneys and therefore cannot represent themselves as attorneys. Instruction and/or offering legal advice about the law is considered, “practicing law without a license and is a felony crime”. However, the firearms instructor does offer examples about where we can and cannot carry, imminent danger, incident assessment, situational avoidance and incident de-escalation as well as how to properly interact with law enforcement while carrying. Knowing and staying up to date with current law is every students sole responsibility.
What if I have a handicap of have special needs?
It’s not a problem, notify us ahead of time so we can accommodate you.
Are there any circumstances in where I wouldn’t be allowed to attend this class?
If you’re a convicted felon who has had his civil and gun rights taken away and are not legally allowed to handle or posses firearm and/or ammunition.
We do teach handicap use of firearms however, any physical limitation in where you would not be able to on your own, properly handle, load, discharge and unload a firearm in a safe manner.
If you have any questions, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you (305) 282-4486
Check out some of our student reviews
George, it’s been a little over a week and I just received my concealed carry license in the mail. You provide a truly great class and service.
Submitted on 2014/11/02 at 1:05 pm by Willam S
This was a really great class. In 3 hours, I felt like I was a professional. I have been shooting before but did not shoot as accurately as I did after the class. I want to recommend this concealed weapons class to everyone, you will really enjoy the time spent and learn very valuable skills.
Submitted on 2014/10/27 at 7:47 pm by Javier
I walked into this gun class thinking I was just going to go through the motions and get certified for having paid my fee. I was wrong, very wrong, I learned lots of things and realized I’ve been doing lots of things wrong all along. Then to make things even better, after the class, I was walked through the application process in person where I was treated very professionally. I want to again want to thank George for the awesome class and services and apologize for my initial skepticism. I’ll be sure to promote your class and services to all! Submitted on 2014/10/23 at 6:21 pm by David M
I highly recommend George for all that what to get their CWP. George is very professional and knowledgeable. George made the class very interesting and provided great advice. The best part was that George takes you to apply for your FL concealed weapons permit. I recieved my in 10 days! Thanks George!! Submitted on 2014/10/02 at 8:37 pm by Eddie Ll
George, thanks again. You’re a true professional. You have a phenomenal ability to explain things in a variety of ways everyone understands. You’ve created a monster! I had no guns when we met, I knew absolutely nothing about guns. Four weeks later, I own 3 semi auto’s, a Sig Sauer 229, a Springfield XDM, & a Glock 17, 1 Smith & Wesson 357 revolver, 1 Colt AR15, 1 Remington 870 shot gun and and I am heading out today to purchase yet another semi auto, a CZ75, a beautiful gun. I’m greatly looking forward to taking more classes with you. Submitted on 2014/09/30 at 11:56 am by Arnold D