Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that, with the addition of Okaloosa County’s second location, Florida residents can now apply for or renew concealed weapon licenses at 46 tax collector offices in 41 counties. In 2014, Commissioner Putnam implemented this first-of-its-kind partnership, which allows tax collectors to receive applications, take fingerprints and photographs and send the information to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to process the request for a concealed weapon license.
“I thank Florida’s tax collectors for their partnership to provide our residents the most efficient experience possible when applying for or renewing a concealed weapon license,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
The 41 tax collectors participating in both the application and renewal process for concealed weapon licenses include the following counties: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Flagler, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton and Washington.
Legislation sponsored in 2014 by Sen. Wilton Simpson in the Senate and Rep. James Grant in the House of Representatives allowed tax collectors to begin accepting applications. The convenience of applying at a tax collector’s office will not affect the integrity of the concealed weapon license program. Since the partnership with tax collectors began, nearly 140,000 concealed weapon license applications have been accepted by tax collector offices. There are currently more than 1.6 million concealed weapon licenses.
Consumers can still apply for or renew a concealed weapon license via mail or at one of the department’s eight regional offices in the following locations: Doral, Fort Walton, Jacksonville, North Port, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
Additionally, in July 2015, Commissioner Putnam announced that the department is expediting concealed weapon license applications for all active military members and veterans. To date, more than 59,235 active military members and veterans have received expedited concealed weapon licenses.
Commissioner Putnam recently announced that Florida concealed weapon licenses can now be renewed online once licensees receive their renewal notice in the mail. Anyone who has moved since the issuance of their concealed weapon license should update his or her address online at FreshFromFlorida.com.