Floridians Can Renew Concealed Weapons Permits Online
No one likes standing in lines or wasting their time trying to renew things such as a concealed weapons permit. Well good news for Floridians needing to renew their weapons permit, it can now be done online.
Traditionally a concealed weapons license could only be renewed by appointment or waiting in line. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website, firearm licenses can now be renewed online as long as all of the qualifications listed under the Florida Statute for a Concealed Weapon or Firearm license are met.
To renew online the license holder must have the following:
- The “renewal notice for concealed weapon or firearm license” mail notification
- A digital, passport-style photo that was taken within the last 30 days.
- An editing tool that has been specified for the United States Department of State
- An electric form of payment, such as a credit card, debit card or electronic check
The announcement for online renewal came on Wednesday from Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
“My goal is to make applying for or renewing a Florida concealed weapon license as convenient as possible, and this new online feature gives license holders another option when renewing,” he said in a press release to WTSP.
According to WTSP, in 2017 over 204,000 people will need to renew their concealed weapons license. As of today there are about 1.6 million active weapon licenses in Florida.
Pamela Goodman, President of the Florida League of Women Voters, called the online renewal an “unconscionable action”, saying it lacks a mandatory training for concealed weapon owners.
License holders do not have to use the online renewal process, they can still renew a concealed weapons license through the mail, as well as at 41 Tax Collectors Offices across the state. Holders can also go to one of the Department of Agriculture’s eight regional offices in Doral, Fort Walton, Jacksonville, North Port, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.