New concealed carry license applications on hold in Florida due to coronavirus outbreak

Anyone looking to get a new concealed weapons license in the State of Florida will have to wait a while because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried says now that Governor Ron DeSantis is recommending the temporary closure of state offices, the staff will not be available to fingerprint people applying for a license. Most law enforcement agencies and tax collector offices across the state are also suspending fingerprinting services.

That means people applying for their concealed weapons licenses for the first time are out of luck starting Monday.

Fried says anyone with an expiring license will get a 30-day extension. She says that could be extended even more depending on what happens with the coronavirus outbreak. The same goes for security officer licenses, although the Division of Licensing will continue accepting online and mail-in renewals for those and concealed weapons licenses.

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