Concealed Weapons License Requirements and Obstacles
Requirements for Conceal Carry Permit
In order to lawfully carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida, you need to have a valid Florida State Concealed Weapons Permit. Here are the requirements for obtaining this permit.
- Must be at least 21 years old.
- Must demonstrate that you can use a firearm competently and safely.
- Must reside in the United States and be either a citizen or a lawful permanent resident alien. (If you’re active-duty military, ask us about the correct process for obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit.)
Obstacles for Conceal Carry Permit
While it is lawful for adults in Florida who meet the above requirements to carry a concealed weapon, there are some obstacles that can make it difficult or impossible to obtain this type of permit. Here are some of them.
- A physical or medical condition that makes a person unable to safely operate a firearm.
- A felony conviction.
- Commitment into a facility for the treatment of drug abuse. (See the Florida Senate website’s Substance Abuse Services page.)
- Convicted within three years of permit application of any crime under the Florida drug abuse prevention and control statutes. This applies to convictions in other states under similar controlled substance laws.
- Chronic/habitual use of alcohol or other legal or illegal mind-altering substances, as deemed by a court.
- Judged by a court to be incapacitated. In this case, five years must have passed after the individual has been “restored” to capacity by the legal system before he or she can apply for a Concealed Weapons Permit.
- Commitment to a mental institution. This obstacle can be removed if the applicant has a certificate from a licensed psychiatrist that says the applicant has not had a mental disability for at least five years prior to applying for the concealed carry license.
- Has not completed an approved training program for a Concealed Weapons Permit.