How to get an ffl license in florida

There are certain requirements to be met in order to be a licensed firearm owner, collector, manufacturer or dealer in every state. The application takes about 60 days to be processed and takes into account both federal and state laws regarding ownership of firearms.

Reasons to Get an FFL

Major advantages of having a Federal Firearm License is that:

You enjoy a 30% discount on all purchases from wholesalers. The license is renewed every 3 years, which is almost a guarantee that you will have made a sale and returned the application fee of $150.
With an FFL, it is easier to conduct business, offline or online in regards to guns, ammunition and their parts without restriction. It also makes your services needed since you can act as a transaction agent for those without FFL.
Also, FFL holders are normally exempted from the state law hence, no background checks, and can access some restricted products and services.

How Our Guide will Help you Get an FFL Easily

All applicants must be 21 years of age, never convicted of a felony, and get fingerprints recorded using a fingerprinting card by the ATF. Our FFL application and acquisition guide explains:

Easy, step by step processes to follow that will enable qualified persons to get their firearm license.
Requirements, monetary and otherwise that you need to apply for FFL in Florida.
The locations of local ATF field offices where you are supposed to avail yourself for a face-to-face interview.
Since the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is in charge of authorizing FFL, all their policies are explained thoroughly for your understanding.
Remember that the Bureau plays a role in law enforcement, and must, therefore, allow no violent person, criminals, terrorists, gangs, firearm traffickers, or drug traffickers to be in possession of firearms.
Pitfalls to avoid during application so that it is not rejected are highlighted—you will not find them anywhere else.

Note that dealing in firearms can be restrictive in terms of credit card use for any selling or buying firearms, therefore, our guide explains how you can get companies that offer gun-friendly services.

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How to get an ffl license in florida

Have you ever dreamed about how to get a FFL license in Florida and wondered what the associated cost may be ?

If you wish to be in the business of selling and transferring firearms in Florida the FFL licensing requirements are very strict and a qualified attorney can guide you on how to file your FFL Florida license application.

Florida FFL license attorneys can be of great assistance if you are in the process of obtaining your Federal Firearms License.

Representing gun dealers in matters concerning the Bureau Of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, an FFL compliance lawyer can be of great assistance for advice when it comes to the process of how to get a class 3 firearms license in Florida.

Florida attorneys can also help you in matters concerning revocation of your Federal Firearms License and compliance inspections. Having the help of someone that has been through the process on multiple occasions limits your chances of being denied.

FFL Application Fee – Florida

Fees vary depending upon the type of license you are wanting to obtain. Fees range from $30 for a C&R license in Florida up to $200 for other types of licenses.

These fees are required to paid when you submit your application to the BATFE . The application fees in no way guarantee that your Federal Firearms License application will be approved. There may also be fees imposed by the State of Florida if you are wishing to start a business.

Home Based FFL In Florida

Information on how to get a Home Based FFL in Florida can be found on the FL home based FFL page, it is highly affordable.

FFL Types

There are 9 different types of licenses that are available and each one gives you different options when it comes to handling, importing, repairing, manufacturing and selling firearms in Florida.

Type 01 FFL License

Dealer in Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices
The Type 1 FFL License in Florida allows you the ability to deal in Title 1 firearms, it also includes Florida gunsmiths that are experts in their field.

As a FFL dealer Florida and federal laws will apply when operating your Florida gun shop.

Type 02 FFL License

Pawnbroker in Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices
The type 02 allows pawnbrokers the ability to take in and return to the person who holds the pawn ticket, firearms that they have loaned money on.

Type 03 FFL License

Collector of Curios and Relics (C&R)
The C&R license in Florida allows individuals the ability to collect C&R firearms. These firearms must be manufactured 50 years prior to the current date, this does not include newly manufactured replica firearms.

With a C&R license In Florida you may purchase these collectable firearms and have them shipped directly to your home thus avoiding any Florida FFL transfer fees and background checks.

Please note that avoiding the background checks and FFL transfer fees only apply to those firearms that fall within the category of C&R firearms.

You can not purchase modern day firearms with a C&R license. More information about how to get a C&R license in Florida can be found at the link above.

Type 06 FFL License

Manufacturer of Ammunition for Firearms
The type 06 allows Florida ammunition manufactures to manufacture ammunition ( with the exception of armor piercing rounds) and sell to the general public.

You do not need a 06 ammunition manufacturing license in California if you reload as a hobby, however, you may not sell any ammunition you reload as a hobby to the general public without facing stiff fines and penalties including incarceration.

Type 07 FFL License

Manufacturer of Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices

The type 07 FFL license allows Florida residents to manufacture firearms and ammo and sell to the general public. It does not allow you to manufacture any firearm that may fall under the guidelines of the National Firearms Act, unless you also get a 02 SOT.
How to get an ffl license in florida

Type 08 FFL License

Importer of Firearms Other Than Destructive Devices
The type 08 license allows you to import title 1 ammunition and firearms from other countries providing you have an FFL in Florida.

Type 09 FFL License

Dealer in Destructive Devices
The type 09 license allows you the ability to deal in title 1 firearms and those items which are considered destructive devices by the National Firearms Act. It does not include any other items that may be regulated by the act.

Type 10 FFL License

Manufacturer of Destructive Devices
The type 10 License allows Florida FFL dealers the ability to manufacture Title 1 firearms, ammunition, ammunition components and destructive devices. It does not include armor piercing rounds or any other items that may be regulated by the National Firearms Act.

Type 11 FFL License

Importer of Destructive Devices
The type 11 FFL License allows you the ability to import Title 1 firearms, regulated destructive devices and ammunition.

Please note that the above descriptions are brief and you may find more information by visiting the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives website .

Can I Get A FFL With My Florida Gun Trust ?

In short the answer is a resounding NO. A Florida gun trust is neither a person or a corporation and therefore will not be issued a Federal Firearms License. However, a trust can be the owner of a LLC or Corporation which in fact can apply for an FFL. Learn more about the benefits of having a gun trust here.

Florida FFL License Requirements

As an FFL holder you must keep strict records of all transactions.

Each sale must be recorded and your paperwork will on occasion be audited by the BATFE.

You also must be at least 21 years of age with a clean criminal history.

A secure environment may also required as well as adhering to any State of Florida , local or community laws, including zoning requirements if required.

You must be a legal resident of the United States. If you have served our country in any of the armed services you must have had an honorable discharge.

You must not have been a psychological patient or a user of controlled substances.

Who Is Eligible For A Federal Firearms License In Florida ?

Eligibility requirements for those individuals in Florida who wish to apply for a Federal Firearms License is determined by the ATF. View the FFL eligibility requirements .

Getting an FFL license in Florida may enable you to purchase firearms and ammo at dealer prices. This may enable you to start a great new business or hobby. Contact any of our Florida Federal Firearms License Attorneys today to find out what any associated legal cost may be and last but not least, how to get your Federal Firearms License In Florida.

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For all firearms license types – 01, 02, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 AND type 03 (Collector of Curio & Relics)

Once you have decided to make an application for a Federal Firearms License (commonly referred to as an “FFL”), send the completed application to the ATF post office box listed on the application form, Application for License (FFL) – ATF Form 7/7CR. The application must be accompanied by the proper application fee, which you can pay by check, credit card or money order (we do not accept cash).

First review and background check

Once the application fee is processed, the Federal Firearms Licensing Center (FFLC) will enter your application information into its database and commence a full review of your application. For all license types, except type 03, required supporting materials, including fingerprint card(s) and photograph(s) will also be reviewed.

As required by law, the FFLC will then conduct an electronic background check on all the Responsible Persons you have identified on your application. ATF defines a Responsible Person (RP) as a sole proprietor, partner, or anyone having the power to direct the management, policies, and practices of the business or activity as it pertains to firearms. In a corporation this includes corporate officers, shareholders, board members, or any other employee with the legal authority described above. All responsible persons must complete their own Part B – Responsible Person Questionnaire of the ATF Form 7/7CR.

For all license types, except type 03 (onsite inspections are not required for Collector of Curio and Relics FFLs), the FFLC will then send the applications to the nearest ATF field office having responsibility for the area in which the business is located.

Interview and final review

The field office supervisor will issue an assignment to an Industry Operations Investigator (IOI) who will conduct an in-person interview with you. The IOI will discuss federal, state and local requirements with you, and go over your application with you to ensure the information is correct and current.

The IOI will then prepare a report of his/her interview, the inspection and make a recommendation to either issue you the license or deny the application. Some reasons for denial may include failure to comply with State or local law (such as zoning ordinances), evidence of previous willful violations of the Gun Control Act, or falsification of the application.

The field office supervisor will also review the report and then submit his/her recommendation to the FFLC.

Assuming that all background checks have been completed and your business address and proposed business operations are in compliance with state and local law, the FFLC will complete the application processing and issue you the license. This process will take approximately 60 days from the receipt of a properly completed application.

Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification (LF Certificate)

This limited certification, often referred to as a “fertilizer license” or “LF license”, is issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement. This certification is required by Florida law to apply fertilizer commercially (“for-hire”) on residential or commercial properties, or to parks or non-agricultural fields. Each individual fertilizer applicator must have this certification.

Before applying for the FDACS LF certification, you must take the GI-BMP Training and receive a Certificate of Training. See below for how to apply for or renew an LF certification.

If you have questions or need help with the Limited Fertilizer (LF) Certification, contact FDACS:
Phone: 850-617-7997
Email: [email protected]
Website: Pest Control Licensing and Certification

How to Apply for the Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate

You will need to the Certificate Number from your GI-BMP Training Certificate to apply to FDACS for the Limited Fertilizer (LF) certification. There is a $25 fee.

Apply online

This is the preferred, and fastest, method.

  • Go to
  • Select “Structural/Residential Pest Control Chapter 482”
  • Select “New Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer”

Apply by mail

Using a paper application form

  • Download the form from the FDACS website – Pest Control Licensing and Certification.
  • Note: Scroll down on the FDACS page to find Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certification; it’s listed under Limited Certification Programs.

How to Renew the LF Certificate – Options for Required CEUs

The Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate (LF or fertilizer license) must be renewed every four years. You should receive a renewal notice from FDACS in advance of your LF expiration.

Renewing the LF requires a total of four Continuing Education Units (CEUs): two 482 CORE and two Limited Urban Fertilizer (LF) category.

Most GI-BMP in-person classes or live-session online (Zoom) classes provide all four CEU’s required to renew the LF Certificate, but you should check before attending to be sure CEUs will be awarded for that class. Note that the GI-BMP self-paced online training does NOT provide CEUs.

The UF/IFAS Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program currently offers two one-hour online courses for LF CEUs. CEUs are also available for some webinars in the FFL Professional Webinar Series.

Other UF/IFAS online CEU courses from can be found here:

You can also search the FDACS public database to find all approved CEU classes, including online classes

Tips for searching the FDACS database:
– For Categories select 482 General Standards/Core and/or Limited Urban Fertilizer.
– For online courses select *on-line* at the bottom of the Locations list.
– Click on the courses that interest you to get the provider’s information.

And can I get one at a pawn shop at 18 and license it.

8 thoughts on “Im 18 living in Florida now.How can I get a FFL license to buy a Beretta 92 pistol.?”

SO, SO much disinformation

I live in and buy and sell guns in Florida

You do not need an FFL to buy a gun you need one to sell them as a livelihood

You must be 21 to get a concealed carry permit
But you do not need one to buy a handgun
You do not need any type of permit to buy a handgun in Florida

No you can not buy at 18 from a pawn shop because any pawn shop that sells guns has to have an FFL that would prohibit them from selling to an 18 year old

No you can not license it because Florida has no provision for licensing a gun

You can legally buy a handgun from a private party at 18 or have one gifted to you from someone who uses their money to buy the gun
It doesn’t have to be family and there’s no such thing as an Intrafamilial transfer here and there is no federal requirement for one

Only an FFL has to require that you are 21 to buy from them

You do not get a carry permit from the police barracks or sheriff’s office
We have must issue permits from the department of agriculture

Yo need no permit and are legally able to carry a gun at all times in your glove box under certain minimal conditions provided you are not in a school parking lot

In short go to Florida Shooters Network or the local paper in the sports section or a gun show and look for a private party table or get someone to give it to you as a legitimate gift to get you r Beretta legally
if i didn’t have only the one left and didn’t like it so much I could sell you mine

An FFL is the kind of license that fireams dealers have. You are probably looking for a concealed carry permit.

ffl is the license a business gets to sell and buy firearms, you need an FID card

You have to be 21 for either permit or to buy a handgun. The FFL is for a dealer. You just need a quick back ground check. They do it right at the gun counter. Have your dad buy it for you, keep it for you, “own” it for you, then turn it over to you at 21. You guys could go shooting together in the mean time and that is worth GOLD!!

Wait 3 years and you won’t need an FFL to purchase a firearm.

Or you can wait three years, spend at least $600.00 on an FFL, and several thousand more setting up a business. Then you can buy all the Beretta M-92’s you can afford.

Bottom line is that you have to be 21 to do it legally, whether with or without a Federal Firearms License, which you don’t need to purchase a fun in your home steat.

Yes you can purchase from a pawn shop who has an FFL. You must be 18. You can carry it to and from Shooting ranges and Gun Smith shops without a Concealed Carry Permit. If you want to carry at all times you must get a Concealed Carry permit from your local Police Barracks or Sheriff’s Office but you must be 21.

Rifles and Shotguns
Permit to Purchase No
Registration of Firearms No
Licensing of Owners No
Permit to Carry No

Permit to Purchase No
Registration of Firearms No
Licensing of Owners No
Permit to Carry Yes

My bad, the info I posted was for California.

In order to get your FFL you will need to meet the Firearm License Requirements, The FFL application requirements to apply for and obtain an FFL License are straight forward and can be easily met by anyone who carefully prepares for it, using a FFL application kit can make the hope process much easier, the basic requirements are:

  • You must be 21 years old or older
  • You need premises [like your home] for conducting business
  • The business to be conducted under the license is not prohibited by state or local law in the place where the licensed premise is located
  • Within 30 days after the FFL application is approved the dealer will comply with the requirements of state and local law applicable to the conduct of the business
  • The business will not be conducted under the license until the requirements of state and local law applicable to the business have been met
  • The applicant has to send or delivered a form to the chief law enforcement officer where the premises are located notifying the officer that the applicant intends to apply for an FFL License.
  • Secure gun storage [Gun Safe NOT required] or safety devices will be available at any place in which firearms are sold under the license to persons who are not licensees.

The most difficult part of the FFL Requirements is often jumping through the hurdles the ATF will create at a local level. The ATF has field or branch offices in major cities and often the interpretation of the requirements can vary widely from location to location.

You need to obtain help from someone that has experience with customers who have applied for an FFL License in all areas of the country to be prepared for these local ATF issues.

As you can see, the FFL Requirements are vague enough that each local ATF agent can interpret as they please.

Although the process may appear to be complicated at 1st, there is a lot of free information available to educate you, the process has to be complicated after all it government agencies who do not like people getting their FFL and they do nothing to encourage you, plus there is a certain safety factor involved.

10 thoughts on “FFL License”

I just want to purchase a gun or two for my house that I own, for protection. I owned a p9 and a tactical mosberg pump years ago before I move here from Charlotte NC. I live in High point now.

PS. I was a SECURITY OFFICER for over three yrs protecting high ranking government officials in Carolina Beach NC.

FFL Dealers in Florida are some of the busiest in the nation. Florida FFL Dealers sold more than 873,628 firearms in 2018, which puts the Sunshine State just behind Texas in total sales volume. Clearly, Floridians love their guns! We have listings for FFL Dealers in every major city such as Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. However, we also have Florida FFL Dealer listings for even the smallest towns such as Cedar Key, Lake Placid, and Micanopy.

FFL Dealers in Florida provide a critical service to their local communities by providing:

  • Firearm Sales
  • Firearm Transfers
  • Gunsmith Services
  • Gun Safety Education
  • Concealed Carry Classes
  • Safe Shooting Ranges
  • and a multitude of other services

How Do I Verify an Florida FFL Dealers License is Current?

Not sure if a particular Florida FFL Dealers license is still valid? No problem. The BATF has a quick check website to verify the FFL information and number which we’ve incorporated into every FFL listing. Simply choose your preferred Florida FFL Dealers listing, and then click the ‘Verify License’ button next to the FFL#.

Provide Reviews for Your Preferred Florida FFL Dealers

No matter which FFL Dealer in Florida you choose, please be sure to contact your preferred FFL Dealer first before using them as your firearm transfer agent. After you’ve used their services, please come back to our website and leave them a review. Reviews of FFL Dealers in Florida help other members find great FFL Dealers in their local area, and also provides great feedback for our listed clients.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) licenses and regulates the private security industry in accordance with Chapter 493, Florida Statutes (F.S.).

Security services include:

  • Providing bodyguard protection,
  • Guarding property,
  • Transporting prisoners,
  • Providing armored car services,
  • Assisting in prevention of theft, and
  • Assisting in prevention of the misappropriation or concealment of articles of value or assisting in the return of such articles.

License Classifications

For Individuals

Type of License

Any individual who performs the services of a security officer must have a Class “D” license.

Security Officer Instructor

Any person who provides classroom instruction to applicants for Class “D” licensure must have a Class “DI” license.

Statewide Firearm License

Only Class “D,” Class “M” or Class “MB” licensees are permitted to bear a firearm and any such licensee who bears a firearm must also have a Class “G” license.

Any person who provides classroom and range instruction to applicants for Class “G” licensure must have a Class “K” license.

Manager of a Security Agency

Any individual who performs the services of a manager for a Class “B” security agency or branch office must have a Class “MB” license. A Class “M” licensee or a Class “D” licensee who has been so licensed for a minimum of two years may be designated as the manager, in which case the Class “MB” license is not required.

For Agencies

Type of License

Security Agency (Main Office)

Any person, firm, company, partnership, or corporation that engages in business as a private security agency must have a Class “B” license. A Class “B” license is valid for only one location.

Security Agency Branch Office

Each branch office of a Class “B” agency must have a Class “BB” license.

Private Investigative and Security Agency Branch Office

If a person, firm, company, partnership, or corporation holds both a Class “A” and Class “B” license, each additional or branch office must have a Class “AB” license.

For Schools

Type of License

Security Officer School or Training Facility

Any school that provides instruction to applicants for Class “D” licensure must have a Class “DS” license.

Private Security and Firearms

To carry a firearm in the performance of security duties, a security officer or security agency manager must obtain a Class “G” Statewide Firearm License.

The firearm must be required by the employing agency and must be carried openly, except as provided in Subsection 493.6115(4), F.S.

In addition to any other firearm approved by FDACS, a licensee who has been issued a Class “G” license may carry a .38 caliber revolver, a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a .357 caliber revolver (with .38 caliber ammunition only), a .40 caliber handgun or a .45 ACP handgun while performing duties authorized under Chapter 493, F.S. Learn more.

No licensee may carry more than two firearms on their person when performing their duties.

A licensee may only carry a firearm of the specific type and caliber with which they are qualified pursuant to the firearms training referenced in Subsection 493.6115(8) or 493.6113(3)(b), F.S.

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Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Chapter: 493