South Carolina is a Shall Issue State and issues concealed weapons permits to residents of South Carolina as well as out-of-state/non-residents with exceptions. Non-residents must own property in South Carolina or if you are Military stations in South Carolina. If you are applying as a Non-resident and own property in South Carolina, you must fill out this form and have the Assessor sign it. Shall Issue means that the sheriff must issue you a permit even after meeting all requirements for an South Carolina Handgun Permit. The relevant South Carolina gun law can be read here.
South Carolina became a shall issue state in 1996.
South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permits are issued by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). You can visit their Concealed Weapons Permit Program website here.
As of January 14, 2015, all renewals can be made online and soon new applicants will be able to apply online.
Does having a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm South Carolina?
The fee for a five year license (new or renewal ) is a $50 which can be a certified check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to SLED.
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Complete an application signed by the applicant
- Submit a photocopy of your driver’s license or photographic identification card
- Photographic identification card must be issued by the state in which the applicant resides or by the Department of Revenue, a federal or state law enforcement agency, an agency of the United States Department of defense, or the United States Department of State.
- Submit proof of residence if you are a Resident of South Carolina
- You are considered a resident if you are present in South Carolina with the intention of making a permanent home in South Carolina or military personnel on permanent change of station orders.
- Submit proof of ownership of real property in South Carolina if you are not a resident of South Carolina. You must fill out this form and have the Assessor sign it.
- Submit proof of actual or corrected vision rated at 20/40 within six (6) months of the date of application. (Not needed if you have a valid driver’s license.)
- Submit proof of training
- Original or certified copy of training certificate
- Must be within three (3) years before filing an application
- Shows that you successfully completed a basic or advanced handgun education course offered by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization that promotes gun safety
- Must included information on the statutory and case law of South Carolina relating to handguns and to the use of deadly force
- Must include information on handgun use and safety
- Must include information on the proper storage practice for handguns with an emphasis on storage practices that reduces the possibility of accidental injury to a child
- Must involve the actual firing of the handgun in the presence of the instructor
- Any military that can demonstrate the completion of basic military training provided by any branch of the United States military by submitting their DD214 form
- Any retired law enforcement officer who produces proof that he is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Academy or that he was a law enforcement officer prior to the requirement for graduation from the Criminal Justice Academy
- Any instructor certified by the National Rifle Association or another SLED-approved competent national organization that promotes the safe use of handguns
- Any person who can demonstrate to the Director of SLED or his designee that he has a proficiency in both the use of handguns and state laws pertaining to handguns
- Any active duty police handgun instructor
- Any person who has a SLED-certified or approved competitive handgun shooting classification
- Any member of the active or reserve military, or a member of the National Guard
- Original or certified copy of training certificate
- Payment of the $50 application fee. This fee is waived for disabled veterans and retired law enforcement officers
- Submit a complete set of fingerprints
- Unless because of a medical condition verified in writing by a licensed medical doctor, a complete set of fingerprints is impossible to submit. In lieu of the submission of fingerprints, the applicant must submit the written statement from a licensed medical doctor specifying the reason or reasons why the applicant’s fingerprints may not be taken. If all other qualifications are met, the Chief of SLED may waive the fingerprint requirements of this item. The statement of medical limitation must be attached to the copy of the application retained by SLED. A law enforcement agency may charge a fee not to exceed five dollars for fingerprinting an applicant
If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the South Carolina State Police about the arrest or conviction?
If I move my permanent residence to another state, is my South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit still valid?
- Idaho (Enhanced Only)
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
Does South Carolina issue South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit to resident aliens with a green card?
- Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, any requirement of or allowance for the posting of signs prohibiting the carrying of a concealable weapon upon any premises shall only be satisfied by a sign expressing the prohibition in both written language interdict and universal sign language.
- All signs must be posted at each entrance into a building where a concealable weapon permit holder is prohibited from carrying a concealable weapon and must be:
- clearly visible from outside the building;
- eight inches wide by twelve inches tall in size;
- contain the words “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED” in black one-inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;
- contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle seven inches in diameter with a diagonal line that runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal;
- a diameter of a circle; and
- placed not less than forty inches and not more than sixty inches from the bottom of the building’s entrance door.
- If the premises where concealable weapons are prohibited does not have doors, then the signs contained in subsection (A) must be:
- thirty-six inches wide by forty-eight inches tall in size;
- contain the words “NO CONCEALABLE WEAPONS ALLOWED” in black three- inch tall uppercase type at the bottom of the sign and centered between the lateral edges of the sign;
- contain a black silhouette of a handgun inside a circle thirty-four inches in diameter with a diagonal line that is two inches wide and runs from the lower left to the upper right at a forty-five degree angle from the horizontal and must be a diameter of a circle whose circumference is two inches wide;
- placed not less than forty inches and not more than ninety-six inches above the ground;
- posted in sufficient quantities to be clearly visible from any point of entry onto the premises.
I am a South Carolina resident but am currently deployed with the Military. Can I still obtain a South Carolina Handgun License?
6/23/2015 – Format updated along with all information.
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