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Virginia Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Example Resident Permit:

Virginia Concealed Firearm Permit

Example Non-Resident Permit:

Virginia Concealed Firearm Non-Resident Permit

Issuing Authority:
Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. Please contact the applicable court for specific instruction on the application process.

Out Of State Permit Issue:
The 2004 Virginia General Assembly amended § 18.2-308, Code of Virginia, to authorize nonresidents of Virginia to apply for a concealed handgun permit. Nonresidents of the Commonwealth 21 years of age or older may apply in writing to the Virginia State Police for a five-year permit to carry a concealed handgun. The application shall be made under oath before a notary or other person qualified to take oaths on a form provided by the Virginia State Police, requiring only that information necessary to determine eligibility for the permit. If the permittee is later found by the Virginia State Police to be disqualified, the permit shall be revoked and the person shall return the permit after being so notified by the Department of State Police.

For more information and how to apply for a non-resident permit click here.

NICS check:
Yes

Permit Valid For:
5 years.

Permit Issued Timeline
The court shall issue the permit within 45 days of receipt of the completed application unless it appears that the applicant is disqualified.

Cost:
The court shall charge a fee of $10.00 for the processing of an application or issuing of a permit. Local law enforcement agencies may charge a fee not to exceed $35.00 to cover the cost of conducting an investigation pursuant to this Code section. The State Police may charge a fee not to exceed $5.00 to cover the cost associated with processing the application. The total amount of the charges may not exceed $50.00, and payment may be made by any method accepted by the court. Out of state permits have a fee of $100.

Requirements:
1. Applicant must be 21 years of age or older
2. There is no requirement as to the length of time an applicant for a Concealed Handgun Permit must have been a resident or domiciliary of the county or city where he or she resides.
3. The court shall require proof that the applicant has demonstrated competence with a handgun and the applicant may demonstrate such competence by one of the following, but no applicant shall be required to submit to any additional demonstration of competence:

1. Completing any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or a similar agency of another state;
2. Completing any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
3. Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law-enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services;
4. Completing any law-enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
5. Presenting evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or current military service or proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services;
6. Obtaining or previously having held a license to carry a firearm in this Commonwealth or a locality thereof, unless such license has been revoked for cause;
7. Completing any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor;
8. Completing any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualifying to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties; or
9. Completing any other firearms training which the court deems adequate.


Required Documents:

1. A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the courses or classes; an affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization, or group that conducted or taught such course or class attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant; or a copy of any document which shows completion of the course or class or evidences participation in firearms competition shall constitute evidence of qualification under this subsection.
2. Completed application.
3. Fingerprint impressions

Renewal Information:
Persons who previously have held a Virginia resident permit shall be issued, upon application, a new permit unless there is good cause shown for refusing to reissue a permit. The same fees and time constraints apply in the instance of renewal.

Fingerprint impressions are not required for the renewal of an existing permit pursuant to §15.2-915.3.

Change of Address:

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

The person issued a permit or in possession of a de facto permit must have the permit on his person at all times during which he is carrying a concealed handgun and must display the permit and a photo-identification issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth or by the United States Department of Defense or United States State Department upon demand by a law enforcement officer.

Automobile carry:
Vehicle carry is allowed in a secured compartment, or plainly visible without a permit. As of July 1, 2010, a concealed handgun permit is not necessary when carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. [Source]

Places off-limits when carrying:
§18.2-308 (O.) : Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited.

§18.2-283: To a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place, without good and sufficient reason.

§18.2-283.1: Courthouse.

§18.2-308.1 : School property. Exemptions to this statute include a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.

§18.2-287.01 : Carrying weapon in air carrier airport terminal.

Alcohol and Drugs:
Waiting For Information. As always, alcohol/drugs don’t mix with firearms. That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.

 

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
While Virginia does not have Castle Doctrine or Stand-your-ground laws on the books, they do have common law versions of both. Virginia Common Law is very clear that both apply ANYWHERE a citizen is, and not just in your home/business/car.

 

Open Carry:
Unrestricted under state law and becoming generally accepted.

Localities with Varying Laws:
The following information is provided as a general overview of various state statutes relating to firearms and other weapons.

Included herein are several statutes found in the Code of Virginia, which address transporting firearms through Virginia, as well as other related firearm laws, which may be of interest.

§ 15.2-1209.1. This section empowers the governing body of any county to adopt ordinances making it unlawful for any person to carry or have in his possession, for the purpose of hunting, while on any part of a public highway within such county a loaded firearm when such person is not authorized to hunt on the private property on both sides of the highway along which he is standing or walking; and to provide a penalty for violation of such ordinance not to exceed a fine of $100. The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons carrying loaded firearms in moving vehicles or for purposes other than hunting, or to persons acting at the time in defense of persons or property.

§ 15.2-915.2. This section empowers the governing body of any county or city to, by ordinance, make it unlawful for any person to transport, possess or carry a loaded shotgun or loaded rifle in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway within such locality. Any violation of such ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Game wardens, sheriffs and all other law-enforcement officers shall enforce theprovisions of this section. No ordinance adopted pursuant to this section shall be enforceable unless the governing body adopting such ordinance so notifies the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries by registered mail prior to May 1 of the year in which such ordinance is to take effect. The provisions of this section shall not apply to duly authorized law-enforcement officers or military personnel in the performance of their lawful duties, nor to any person who reasonably believes that a loaded rifleor shotgun is necessary for his personal safety in the course of his employment or business.

§18.2-308. Prohibits the carrying of any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or any weapon of like kind by any person hidden from common observance about his person. Any of the enumerated weapons shall be seized and forfeited to the Commonwealth. A weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon’s true nature.

Forms & Links:
NRA-ILA: Virginia Laws
Virginia State Police: Firearms / Concealed Handguns

Virginia State Police: Forms

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  • Markvi

    The map does not appear showing the states that Virginia has a reciprocity agreements with.

    • Anonymous

      Yes it does.

  • Markvi

    I click on the red line at the top of the page which supposedly takes you to the map. All I see is “100 % loaded. Now what do I do to open the map?

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you are having a problem loading the Flash file. What web browser are you using?

  • Davemanschindler

    The cost of the permit in Prince William County is $50

  • John Wilburn

    Please update this page.  Fingerprints are only required in 25% of Virginia localities and with non-resident permits.  Also, per passage of SB 408 (beginning July 1st, 2010), loaded handgun carry in an unlocked compartment in your vehicle is legal without a permit.  There may be other updates needed but I noticed these at a glance.  This website is great.  Keep up the good work.

    Thanks

    • Michael Williams

      No fingerprints for me!

  • China

    Please post something about the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, HR 822, by a vote of 272-154.  Does this now change the states that honor permits listed on this site or no?

    • Woody Bruce

      No. Like all other House Resolutions, it now must be passed by Senate and be signed into law by the POTUS.

  • Moliva1990

    Is a flap holster a good kind of holster for open carry in Virginia?

  • Egoresisto

    In august i am going to myrtle beach for vacation i have an ohio ccw permit i know that virgina accepts it my question is while driving in the car going through the state am i allowed to have my loaded pistol in my holster like ohio allows

    • ESD

      I’m going to N.C. next week, and I’m trying to find out the same information.  As far as I understand Va. CCW law, you are legal.  You are also legal to open carry if the gun is “clearly visible”.  I believe there is a duty to inform law here too.  I’m not 100% sure on this though.  I too am from Ohio.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Longhaircountryboy2 Joe Pennington

      I live here in VA, and the answer is yes, you are allowed to carry your weapon here in VA the same as you are in OH.

  • Moliva1990

    I have a question. In Virginia, can you still carry openly if you have a concealed carry permit?

    • Rowdy Redneck

      Since Virginia is an open carry state, you can open carry weather you have a CCW permit or not.

  • VA Pete

    ExpandI’ve seen a few reports that as of 3/22/12 NM no longer honors the VA permit.  This is because VA does not require range time to issue a CHP.

  • Rockpeter1967

    why can’t va and ga and al get togeather

    • SFC JW

      I have the same question as you.  I travel to both of those states and carry and I am very nervous when I do.  Does anyone have any updates that i don’t know about? 

  • Woodybruce

    Try contacting Centre County, PA Sheriff’s Office about a non-resident permit. This will cover you in VA and WV  for five years. I got mine in 2010 for only $26.00.

  • Mark

    Will be traveling thru VA.. so I have to my weapon in view in my vechile while driving thru the state? It says trunks are ok but I have a pickup Truck…so I guess on back seat of truck in view is ok?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Longhaircountryboy2 Joe Pennington

      Do you have a ccw? if so you can carry it concealed. If not you can carry it in the glove box or in plain view on the seat.

  • Mountainskytop

    Your reciprocity map requires the use of Flash Player. My iphone4 does not support Flash. Will you soon be providing this map and info in another format so iPhone users can access this data? Thanks.

  • jakethesnake

    If I’m reading this right, and please someone explain to me the correct answer, you cannot have a gun concealed on you in your vehicle (even with a permit). It seems that any police officer would know that you have a concealed carry permit once they run your plates through since it will be on file in the state computer system.
    Any clarification would be appreciated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.austinvadmnydm James Austin Vadm Nydm

      if the car is in the name of the person with the permit, then yes. if its your friends car and he doesn’t have a permit then the cop wouldn’t know. you do NOT need to inform the police officer you are armed, however it is a really good idea to do so. you can carry in your car with and without a permit, if you dont have a permit it can be kept in the trunk, glove box, center consol, loaded or unloaded. with a permit you can have it anywhere you like in the vehicle, loaded or unloaded.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Longhaircountryboy2 Joe Pennington

      I’m not sure how you are reading it but you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a car, and as far as being stopped by a cop in your car or in someone else’s, a friend of mine who is a VA State Trooper told me the way to handle a traffic stop is, when he asks for your license, reach him both your license and your ccw permit, and let him handle it from there. He might ask you if you have it on your person or in the glove box etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.austinvadmnydm James Austin Vadm Nydm

    As of July 1st, 2012, fingerprinting is now unlawful for obtaining a CHP.
    A CHP may be used as a valid form of ID when voting.

    And where as VA may not be a castle doctrine state or a stand your ground state, we still have the authority to use deadly force if our lives are directly threatened and in immediate danger

    • officert

      so VA does not do fingerprinting anymore

  • jvickrey

    I live in VA but travel to Ind. to see family. I travel through PA,OH, and then IN.
    Are there any special notices i need to be aware of carrying through theses states?

  • Jeremie

    If I move to another city in Virginia do I have to get my permit changed to the new city? If so do I go to my new city’s courthouse or to my old courthouse? Will I have to pay additional fees to change this information? Thanks for your help and I love your site!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Longhaircountryboy2 Joe Pennington

      It’s the same as changing your address on your Drivers license, but you change your license at DMV and your ccw at the courthouse at your new location. As far as there being a charge I don’t think there is one, but if there is it would be a small one. But keep in mind you don’t have to change your ccw until you change your drivers license since both addresses have to match.

  • Usaf

    I just received my application back because I signed prematurely. There is a file # on the form that wasn’t there before. Is this my concealed license #? Starts with-clxx-xxxx. And if anybody knows if I this means I will have to resubmit?

  • Thomas Parker

    look @ states in red then ask self ah..where have the recent shootings happened. or for that matter reocurring crime ending in homicide. so the argument for exhisting state laws may not be all that good.

  • John

    I just read that producing my DD-214 (honorable discharge) will meet the reqirement for firearms saftey/handling. I was also wondering if the following applies for any other privledges under the conceal -carry laws in Virginia. ———- I was shot in a robbery holdup. I also spent the following 9months in hospital….recouperating from this shooting. ( I have documentation of the shooting and hospitalization. the robbers were caught and recieved due process. Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Jsnev@yahoo.com. Than you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.haas Lucas Haas

      Your DD-214 is enough to obtain the CHP. I used my own and received my approved permit in 21 days. Save yourself the time of having to organize the documentation from your shooting injury, and save the clerk a headache from having to validate it as well. After all, this isn’t MD! God Bless!

      • bill

        with a dd214 do you still need to have prints done if an out of state resident

        • officert

          does a dd214 require you to still get printed

  • Phillip

    Can you laminate the CWP?

    • Desarae Wayne

      I didn’t even think about asking that question but I laminated mine. After all, it has to last 5 years and it doesn’t say not to laminate it!

    • Mr.Gecko

      I received my CWP two months ago & the letter that came with it recommended lamination.

  • footballsman99

    I live in VA, but will be moving to SC in August. I will be going down
    there in a few weeks time to get everything sorted out job wise and
    finding a place to stay. I have a few friends down there that love
    shooting…what do I have to do to bring my guns down to SC from VA so I
    can shoot with them?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754616557 Paul Glynn

    Some of this information is out of date. Fingerprinting is no longer required at the state level, though some counties still require it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.maunz Sean Maunz

    Alright is it leagle to still carry in DE? im getting conflicting information

  • DocCridge1986

    I live in Virginia and have utility bills and mail to prove it. I have a Colorado Drivers License since I got my license when I was stationed at Ft. Carson. Do I need a Virginia ID or Drivers License to apply for a resident CCW permit?

  • Desarae Wayne

    For the Alcohol/ Drugs topic above it says “Waiting for Information”. VA State Law states that the following are disqualified from obtaining concealed carry permits: “1. An individual who is addicted to, or is an unlawful user or distributor of, marijuana or any controlled substance; 2. An individual who has been convicted of a violation of § 18.2-266 or a substantially similar local ordinance or of public drunkenness within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, or who is a habitual drunkard as determined pursuant to § 4.1-333; 3. An individual not otherwise ineligible pursuant to this section, who, within the three-year period immediately preceding the application for the permit, was found guilty of any criminal offense set forth in Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of this title or of a criminal offense of illegal possession or distribution of marijuana or any controlled substance, under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, or the United States or its territories; 4. An individual, not otherwise ineligible pursuant to this section, with respect to whom, within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, upon a charge of any criminal offense set forth in Article 1 (§ 18.2-247 et seq.) of Chapter 7 of this title or upon a charge of illegal possession or distribution of marijuana or any controlled substance under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, or the United States or its territories, the trial court found that the facts of the case were sufficient for a finding of guilt and disposed of the case pursuant to § 18.2-251 or the substantially similar law of any other state, the District of Columbia, or the United States or its territories.”

    Revocation, Suspension, or Surrender of Permit
    Any person who has a felony charge pending or a charge pending for an offense that would be a disqualification for a permit who holds a concealed handgun permit may have such permit suspended by the court before which the charge is pending.

    Any person convicted of an offense that would disqualify that person from obtaining a permit or who makes a false statement in an application shall forfeit his permit to the court, or shall be subject to suspension or revocation of the permit.

    VA State Law also states, “No person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, may consume an alcoholic beverage while on the premises.”

  • lba

    Can a person obtain a concealed weapons permit in VA if found guilty of a DUI in the past 3 years? Also, carry the firearm in vehicle while driving in permitted places with a restricted drivers license, with or without permit?

  • crznorcal

    If you have a concealed carry pemit and you are pulled over for a traffic violation due you have to tell the officer you have a gun in the car?

    • VaForLife

      No. But if he asks you must tell him.

  • jim

    trying to find out if you transport a pistol the same way in west virginia as virginia as it is a secured compartment or in plain sight if you dont have a concealed weapons permit in a car

  • Agent Taylor

    Maryland House Bill was introduced in Feb 2013 by Legislator Michael Smigiel and many others.
    HB 1421
    Regulated Firearms – License Issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia – Reciprocity

  • ChristCrusader

    2014 VA resident CHP application does not require fingerprinting.

  • Will

    So as of july 2010 i can carry my pistol in my car without a CCW??

  • trkytknyank

    I know you can carry a pistol on national forest lands even during archery season,but what about national parks, state parks or state forests?

  • Garrisa

    If im active duty in VA do i still have to be 21 to buy/ carry a handgun?