What is required to get a CWFL?

An applicant for a CWFL must be at least 21 years of age or an active duty service member or veteran of the armed forces discharged under honorable conditions.

Able to safely handle a firearm.

A U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.

No Felony convictions.


An applicant for a CWFL is required to take an approved training course.  A certificate of completion from any of the following is sufficient to meet this requirement.


  • Any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or a similar agency in another state;
  • Any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
  • Any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, using instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, or the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services;
  • Any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
  • Any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified instructor or by an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association.


  • Active-duty military personnel may submit copies of any of the following documents that confirm experience with a firearm gained during service:
    • Military orders including call to active-duty letter;
    • A statement of military service that identifies you and provides your date of entry on your current active-duty period (it must be signed by, or at the direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters);
  • Former military personnel can submit a DD Form 214 reflecting honorable discharge from military service.
  • Documentary evidence of experience with a firearm obtained through participation in an organized shooting competition is also acceptable.