Beginning July 1, all individuals who wish to apply for or renew a Florida concealed weapon license will save $5. Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to bring the application fee down.

“This is outstanding for all Florida residents who wish to conceal carry,” said Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson. “Our offices work hand-in-hand with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to ensure this Constitutional right is available and affordable for all residents.”

A background check, which includes fingerprinting, is needed for all first-time applicants. Most initial licenses typically cost $119, while renewals cost $57. Both prices include a fingerprint processing and convenience fee.

The Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office is authorized to take fingerprints, photographs, and accept applications on behalf of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Same day renewals are also available for eligible Florida residents. Concealed Weapons License applications are processed at the Niceville and Crestview branches of the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office.

As a reminder, residents do need to make an appointment for this transaction. For more information about Concealed Weapons Applications or to make an appointment, log onto www.OkaloosaTax.com or call 850-651-7300.