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Concealed weapon license (CWL) issuance is currently in high demand. In addition, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regional offices are closed to the public until further notice, which means fewer service locations are available to process CWL applications. To better meet the increased demand, our office has nearly doubled the number of available appointments and is limiting this service to Manatee County residents only, but the high volume of applicants means appointments may not be available as soon as usual.
Instead of coming to our office, you may submit your CWL application directly to the state by mail or online. For instructions, see the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' concealed weapon license application page. The Palmetto Police Department, Bradenton Police Department, and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office offer fingerprinting services by appointment only and with some restrictions.