Florida is a "shall issue" state, I believe the term is. They basically have to prove that you cannot have the permit. I am on my second renewal and love the feeling of being self sufficient. Cannot see how police would have time to dig dirt on anyone here with I believe over 400,000 permits. If the state and federal computers okay you, it is pretty much a done deal. $117.00 fpr five years may seem steep, but well worth the investment.