Florida Concealed Carry Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or legal resident alien
  • Clear criminal record
  • Able to demonstrate competency with a firearm
  • Current United States Resident
  • 21 years of age or older (those under 21 may take the class and apply for their license upon reaching age 21)

Determine if you are eligible for a concealed weapon license by answering a few simple questions.

Detailed explanations of these various disqualifying conditions are provided in the Application Instructions for the concealed weapon or firearm license.

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 years have 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.

Florida Concealed Carry Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Exemptions are given if an applicant is a service member or veteran of the US armed forces who has been honorably discharged.
  • You must be a citizen of the US or legal resident alien.
  • You must provide a certificate confirming you have completed a firearms training class.
  • No felony convictions
  • Three years have elapsed if you have received a suspended sentence, adjudication of guilt withheld, or court conditions have been fulfilled on any felony, misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or misdemeanor crime of violence.
  • You have not been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.
  • You are not under a current court order relating to domestic violence or repeat violence.
  • You have not been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution
  •  You do not have a record of drug alcohol abuse
  • You are physically capable of handling a firearm safely
  • You are not a fugitive from justice
  • You have not been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces
  • You meet Federal Requirements