Florida residents will save $5 on application fees, down from $60 to $55, and renewal fees, down from $50 to $45.
TALLAHASSEE — Starting Saturday, the fee to apply for or renew a concealed weapon license in Florida will be reduced by $5.
Florida residents will save $5 on application fees, down from $60 to $55, and renewal fees, down from $50 to $45, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Active law enforcement officers, correctional officers and correctional probation officers can now obtain a new license for $55 and renew their licenses for $45.
This is the third time concealed weapon license fees have been lowered within the last five years, which has saved people a total of $20 when applying for or renewing a Florida concealed weapon license. Concealed weapon licenses are valid for seven years.
First-time applicants are required to provide fingerprints to the department to complete a background check. Initial licenses typically cost $97, which includes the fingerprint processing fee. Tax collectors are authorized to charge a convenience fee when applying for or renewing licenses at a local tax collector’s office of $22 and $12, respectively.
In 2014, Florida developed a first-of-its-kind partnership that authorized tax collector's offices to take fingerprints, photographs and accept applications on behalf of the department. Within the last year, the department has received almost 450,000 concealed weapon applications, of which 120,000 have been received via tax collectors’ offices.
In July 2015, the department began to expedite concealed weapon license applications for all active military members and veterans. To date, nearly 81,000 active military members and veterans have received expedited concealed weapon licenses.
License holders can apply for or renew a concealed weapons license via mail at 44 tax collector's offices across the state or at one of the department’s eight regional offices in the following locations: Doral, Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville, North Port, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Licenses can also be renewed online at FreshFromFlorida.com.