Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility to receive a State of Florida License for Concealed Firearm
 

  • Eligibility to receive a State of Florida License for Concealed Firearm is determined by the State. Below are some of the criteria that the State of Florida uses

  • Is a resident and citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien.

  • Is 21 years of age or older.

  • Does not suffer from a physical disability which prevents the safe handling of a weapon or firearm.

  • Has not been convicted of a felony.

  • Has not been committed for the abuse of a controlled substance or been found guilty of a crime under the provisions of chapter 893 or similar laws of any other state relating to controlled substances within a 3-year period immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted.

  • Does not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages or other substances to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired.

  • Has not been adjudicated an incapacitated person under s.744.331, or similar laws of any other state, unless 5 years have elapsed since the applicant’s restoration to capacity by court order.

  • Has not been committed to a mental institution under chapter 394, or similar laws of any other state, unless the applicant produces a certificate from a licensed psychiatrist that he or she has not suffered from disability for at least 5 years prior to the date of submission of the application.

  • Has not had adjudication of guilt withheld or imposition of sentence suspended on any felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence unless 3 years have elapsed since probation or any other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled, or the record has been sealed or expunged.

  • Has not been issued an injunction that is currently in force and effect and that restrains the applicant from committing acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violence.

  • Is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm by any other provision of Florida or federal law.

Possible Reasons for Ineligibility
 

  • The physical inability to handle a firearm safely.

  • A felony conviction (unless civil and firearm rights have been restored by the convicting authority).

  • Having adjudication withheld or sentence suspended on a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence unless three yearshave elapsed since probation or other conditions set by the court have been fulfilled.

  • A conviction for a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last three years.

  • A conviction for violation of controlled substance laws or multiple arrests for such offenses.

  • A record of drug or alcohol abuse.

  • Two or more DUI convictions within the previous three years.

  • Being committed to a mental institution or adjudged incompetent or mentally defective.

  • Failing to provide proof of proficiency with a firearm.

  • Having been issued a domestic violence injunction or an injunction against repeat violence that is currently in force.

  • Renouncement of U.S. citizenship.

  • A dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.

  • Being a fugitive from justice.