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This is a discussion on Moving to FL within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hi guys, I currently have a Resident concealed carry permit from the state of Virginia and will be moving to FL in a few months. ...
I currently have a Resident concealed carry permit from the state of Virginia and will be moving to FL in a few months. Do you guys know if my permit is honored in FL or would I have to get a new one?
I just made the same move from VA to FL a little over a year ago. FL and VA do reciprocate, so it is good while you are transitioning. Once you get your FL driver's license (you'll want to read up on those requirements also), you will need to get your FL permit as well. Go to handgunlaw.us and flick on Florida. The Dept of Agriculture issues the CHL. You can start the process or go ahead and find the regional office in the area you are moving and schedule an appointment (it is likely several months out). I scheduled the appointment and went and did everything in person there. Go ahead and get educated on the process and get your ducks in a row now.
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You VA permit is good for 90 days after you establish FL residency (Register vehicles, register to vote, etc.). After that the VA permit is not honored. (Ref: Dept of Agr & CS) You didn;t say how soon you are moving, but you can apply for a FL CWFL now and then change you address to the Fl address after arriving. The License no longer has your address on it, but you must update the Dept of Agr & CS within 30 of any address change.
The following link is not entirely accurate but will give you an idea of how to establish FL residency. Check with the DL Dept for required items for proof of citizenship (a pain).
How to Become a Florida Resident: 6 Steps - wikiHow
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I just moved to Florida from Colorado and confirmed last week with the FL Dept. of Agriculture that my CO permit is good for 90 days after I establish residency as long as Colorado did not invalidate my permit when I established residency in FL. Called DPD where I got my CO permit and I am good until my FL permit gets processed which should be by end of June. You should be fine but check with VA to make sure your permit stays valid after you establish residency in another state.
Thanks for the replies. I appreciate all the info.