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West Virginia Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Does West Virginia issue concealed carry permits?
Yes, West Virginia is a shall issue state, meaning the state is required to furnish a concealed carry permit if you can pass a background check. West Virginia only issues permits to residents of the state.

Who issues West Virginia concealed weapon permits?
The county sheriff in the county the applicant resides.

What does a West Virginia Concealed Pistol/Revolver License look like?

West Virginia Concealed Pistol/Revolver License Front

West Virginia Concealed Pistol/Revolver License Front


West Virginia Concealed Pistol/Revolver License Back

West Virginia Concealed Pistol/Revolver License Back

Are background checks required for a West Virginia Concealed Weapon Permit?
Background checks are required when applying for a West Virginia concealed carry permit but the permit will not exempt you from a NICS check at a FFL.

How long is a West Virginia concealed weapon permit valid for?
The West Virginia concealed weapon permit shall be valid throughout the state for a period of five (5) years from the date of issuance.

What is the processing time for a West Virginia concealed weapon permit?
The application must be approved or rejected within 45 days.

How much does an West Virginia concealed weapon permit cost?
The fee for a West Virginia concealed weapon permit is $75 plus an additional $15 if you are approved.

What are the requirements for a West Virginia concealed weapon permit?

  • Be a resident of this state and of the county in which the application is filed
  • Be at least 21 years of age or be at least 18 years of age and be employed in a job requiring the applicant to carry concealed handguns
  • Not be addicted to or an unlawful user of alcohol, controlled substances, or other drugs
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence involving the use of a deadly weapon
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • Not be currently subject to either a temporary or final domestic violence protective order
  • Not be on probation or any other form of judicial supervision for any misdemeanor
  • Not under indictment for any felony
  • Not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent by any court
  • Be physically and mentally competent to carry a concealed handgun; this provision is vague but has not led to known abuses
  • Have successfully completed one of several specified forms of handgun training.

What are the required documents when applying for a West Virginia concealed weapon permit?

  • A completed application
  • A nonrefundable permit fee of $75

How do I renew my West Virginia concealed weapon permit and what is the cost?
The process is the same as a new application, with the exception you check the box ‘renewal’ on the form and you do not have to requalify.

How do I change my name or address on my West Virginia concealed weapon permit?
This information is not available.

What do I do if my West Virginia concealed weapon permit is lost or stolen?
If a license is lost or destroyed, the person to whom the license was issued may obtain a duplicate or substitute license for a fee of $5 by filing a notarized statement with the sheriff indicating that the license has been lost or destroyed.

Do I need to inform law enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?
You are not statutorily required to inform law enforcement you are carrying a weapon in the state of West Virginia.

What are the laws regarding a firearm in an automobile in West Virginia?
Without a West Virginia concealed weapon permit, the firearm must be openly carried.

What places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in West Virginia?

  • The grounds of any jail, state correctional facility, juvenile facility or juvenile detention center, unless specifically authorized by the authorities in control of the facility (W.Va. Code § 61-5-8(c))
  • Primary or secondary school property (W.Va. Code § 61-7-11a(b))
  • School buses (W.Va. Code § 61-7-11a(b))
  • Primary or secondary school-sponsored functions or events (W.Va. Code § 61-7-11a(b))
  • Courthouses (W.Va. Code § 61-7-11a(g))
  • Anywhere on the State Capitol Complex, including the grounds outside the buildings (W.Va. Code § 61-6-19(b))
  • Wherever signs are posted indicating weapon restrictions or where notice has been given by other means. (W.Va. Code § 61-7-14) However, a person is not subject to the misdemeanor penalty provided for a violation of any such restriction unless that person refuses to either leave or temporarily relinquish his or her weapon, upon being confronted about the violation.
  • The city hall, municipal auditorium, the civic center, and all parks and recreation buildings ad facilities, including recreation centers, playgrounds, swimming pools, dressing areas, tennis courts, parks and recreation areas and all other buildings, structures, facilities, and grounds thereof, owned or occupied by the City of Charleston (Charleston City Code § 78-165–grandfathered under preemption)
  • City Hall or any municipal building or public park in the City of Dunbar (Dunbar City Code § 545.13–grandfathered under preemption)
  • Any city-owned building, park or recreation area in the City of South Charleston (South Charleston City Code § 545.15–grandfathered under preemption)

What are the laws regarding alcohol and a concealed weapon in West Virginia?
There are no known statutes restricting carry in establishments serving alcohol.

Does West Virginia has a Stand Your Ground law aka Castle Doctrine?
Yes, West Virginia is a Castle Doctrine state and has a Stand Your Ground Law which is below.

§55-7-22 of the Code of West Virginia

  • (a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using reasonable and proportionate force, including deadly force, against an intruder or attacker to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder’s or attacker’s unlawful entry if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder or attacker may kill or inflict serious bodily harm upon the occupant or others in the home or residence or if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder or attacker intends to commit a felony in the home or residence and the occupant reasonably believes deadly force is necessary.
  • (b) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder or attacker in the circumstances described in subsection (a) of this section.
  • (c) A person not engaged in unlawful activity who is attacked in any place he or she has a legal right to be outside of his or her home or residence may use reasonable and proportionate force against an intruder or attacker: Provided, That such person may use deadly force against an intruder or attacker in a place that is not his or her residence without a duty to retreat if the person reasonably believes that he or she or another is in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm from which he or she or another can only be saved by the use of deadly force against the intruder or attacker.
  • (d) The justified use of reasonable and proportionate force under this section shall constitute a full and complete defense to any civil action brought by an intruder or attacker against a person using such force.
  • (e) The full and complete civil defense created by the provisions of this section is not available to a person who: (1) Is attempting to commit, committing or escaping from the commission of a felony; (2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself, herself or another with the intent to use such force as an excuse to inflict bodily harm upon the assailant; or (3) Otherwise initially provokes the use of force against himself, herself or another, unless he or she withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.
  • (f) The provisions of this section do not apply to the creation of a hazardous or dangerous condition on or in any real or personal property designed to prevent criminal conduct or cause injury to a person engaging in criminal conduct

What are the laws regarding open carry in West Virginia?
Open carry in West Virginia is unrestricted in most public areas and generally accepted.

Useful Links:
West Virginia Attorney General – Handgun Reciprocity Information Database

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  • Jacob Kissella

    How is the law written? It was my understanding that even though I possess a concealed weapon permit, I can have a loaded magazine, but no round chambered. Is this true or false?

  • http://www.tnemfg.com Charles

    If you have a concealed carry permit can you carry your weapon in a backpack or does it have to be on your person?

    • Malletman1

      You can carry it in a backpack, but be sure to keep it close, if not hanging on you.  You may be held liable to some degree if your firearm gets picked up and used in a crime. My suggestion would be to keep it on you if at all possible.

      • http://www.tnemfg.com Charles

        Thank you sir, I thought you could be just double checking, our company makes concealed carry packs. Thanks again

  • Remainanonymouse

    I know private sale of handguns is allowed between 2 individuals in this state.  Does the handgun need to be registered to me before I carry it?

    • http://www.tnemfg.com Charles

      No you do not have to register a handgun before you can carry it.

  • Jbroo831

    I am a 46 year old male. Do I have to be employed  in a job that requires the use of a hand gun or does this only apply to eighteen year olds. 

    • Kartua28

      I’m retired and 60 years old and received a CCW permit in West Virginia

    • Dawn Graham

      Only to those 18 yrs to 21 yrs old.

  • Ribeye1950

    Does WV. reciprocate concealed carry with OH. Ohio permits good in WV?

    • Charles

      Yes

  • Bud

    If I have my concealed weapons permit for WV can I carry In Florida?  I am a WV resident.

    • wcgems

      Yes. WV has reciprocity with FLORIDA but you have to go through GA on your way which DOES NOT HONOR the WV permit.  Also be sure to READ THE LAWS regarding CCW in FL before you go as you will be bound by THOSE laws while in the state.

  • Chirp63

    Where can I find the law about open carry in a vehicle?  I would like to have a copy to carry with me until my ccw comes. Two different police agencys have told me it has to be locked up which I know is wrong but can’t find the actual statute anywhere

    • Derric_gdaddy

      It has to be unloaded the gun has to be in plain site and the ammo has to be separate from the gun like in ur glove box

      • Handsawsaw46

         That is not true. The hand gun can be loaded inside of the vehicle as long as it is in plain view!

        • Chase

          Your wrong, it has to be unloaded and ammo secured in a seperate location, I just took the CCW class a few days ago.

          • WSAZ

            Oh yes it does have to be unloaded and in plain view if you do not have a CC permit. Ammo separated. I think rifles are different, but don’t quote me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/aj.linkous AJ Linkous

      West Virginia permits anyone who can lawfully possess a handgun to carry an unconcealed handgun. If you choose to carry an unconcealed handgun in your vehicle and are stopped by a law-enforcement officer, you must understand that that the weapon will immediately attract the attention of the police officer. The presence of the weapon may lead to action by the officer to ensure his or her safety such as the drawing of his or her weapon, ordering you from the vehicle, and/or performing a pat-down search. Weapons intended for hunting must be unloaded and in a case when transported in a vehicle.

  • Layres

    Does west Virginia have a reciprocal with ohio

    • ffdfsdf

      people cant look at the map?lol idiot

  • Chelcie Triplett

    How long does it take to get your card from the courthouse?

    • Curtis

      It took me 3 days to get mine in the mail. But it depends on the county.

  • Wvumounties8

    yes WV and Ohio does have reciprocity on the respective CWP’s.  

  • Linda

    If you had a CCW permit in WV and let it go how do you get it back ?

    • stephenwv

      reapply. and your training certificate is still valid

    • Bill

      I was told by the NRA instructor who led my class that if your permit expires before you renew, you must do training all over again–your old training certificate is not valid.

      • Artie

        Just go to the court house ( sheriff dept. ) with your carry card and reapply it is what i did recently

      • Semper

        I just went through the same issue with mine. My old permit was just a piece of paper before the id cards were issied and i lost it. i had to type up a letter stating that I previously completed the state required training and that is on file with the county, additionall in the letter i had to state that i lost my old permit. That letter was then notorized with the renewal application and turned in along with a photo copy of my drivers licenses. I paid $75 to apply for the renewal and will have to pay $25 when i pick it up to cover the NCIC background check.

  • Denny

    I need to renew my CCW permit soon. Do I need to take other forms of ID with me other then my CCW permit now and my drivers permit?

  • Marlon Brown53

    dose W.V. have reciprocal with Va.

  • Joe

     dose W.V. have reciprocal with idaho

  • Necpmp030686

    Is my GA permint good in WV?

    • WVDIVEIN

      No West Virginia only honors those states that except WV ccw permits.

  • Gratefulgrady

    can u still pocess your handguns even while ur facing a felony charge, my charge was transporting dangerous substance onto state ground, it was my range bag with ammo in it and magazines or clips, no weapons other wise, just forgot i had the bag in my back of vehicle

  • Chad

    If I have a valid Concealed Weapons Permit, from another State. Can I carry while on vacation in WV???

  • shannon

    I have a CWP and was wondering if I can open carry, also I heard Walmarts dont allow you to carry inside either way.(I cant find any info on that).

    • shannon

      finally found that Walmart is gun friendly

    • wvconcealedcarry

      you can open carry in west virginia with or without a permit as long as gun is visible from 3 sides. Some walmarts post asking you to not carry in the store but you are allowed by law with a cwp to carry but if they ask you to leave or temporarily turn it over to them while in the store you have to comply or can be charged.

  • Jim

    I have a WV CCW issued from one county but currently reside in a different county. Do I have to update my residence/address on my CCW permit? I am hoping to move back to the county that issued my permit in the next six months, so really see no point in updating my information just to have to update it again in a few months unless I am required by law to do so.

    • Dawn Graham

      It’s good statewide. Nothing says you need to update your info so I would assume you would make those changes when your five years are up.

    • Dwayne Hash

      I know your post is old but I was just reading the Handbook and saw the answer to this question.

      Q. I acquired a CHL in my county of residence, but then I moved to another county in West Virginia. Do I need to obtain a new permit from the sheriff in my new county of residence?
      A. No. W. Va. Code 61-7-4(l) provides that a CHL will remain valid for the remainder of the five (5) years if a person moves to another county within the State. However, within twenty (20) days of moving, the licensee must provide written notification of his or her old and new addresses to the sheriff in the new county of residence.

  • jonathan burns

    if i’m active duty military do i still have to get a ccw for wv

    • stephenwv

      yes

  • JAG32

    I intend to travel to NC and SC with a WV carry permit. Your two maps conflict in that one says SC is OK and the other does not. Can you clarify, please?

    • AJ2457

      The maps don’t conflict. One map is what state honor WV permits and the other is what states honor WV permits. SC does honor WV permits but only if you are a resident of SC. You’re fine for NC though.

  • can i

    I have a ccw but.vmcan I still carry open

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.t.kitts Brandon Taylor Kitts

      In WV yes.

  • Bill

    Employed in a job requiring an applicant to carry a concealed weapon? I’m not so sure that part is accurate.

  • Ginger

    can someone tell me why everything I read says that your permit is $75 + $15 yet when I went to get mine it was $100 or $110 if I wanted the photo id. Plus, why does every county vary on the time. Friends in Wayne county got their permit the day they applied. I was told I would have a 6 week wait in Cabell. Another friend was 2 weeks in Putnam. Thought the permit was state wide….why doesn’t the state control the turnaround time

    • http://www.facebook.com/aj.linkous AJ Linkous

      When I got mine in Cabell county about 6 months ago it was only $100 with photo making it another form of ID and they told me it would be about 6 weeks, but took only 4, was because only one person did them. You do have to do it in the county you live in.

  • marty

    ok i just recieved my ccw and need to know what the laws are with having it in my truck and can i carry it loaded in the truck and on my person?

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.t.kitts Brandon Taylor Kitts

      Yes you can carry it loaded and on your persons. Although you aren’t required by law to tell a police officer you have it on you if you have a permit, I recommend showing your permit when asked for you license and registration and informing them where it is located. In my experience officers don’t like any surprises when it comes to firearms

  • http://www.facebook.com/PatOneil Patrick O’Neil

    I am a Pennsylvania resident travelling to WV this weekend to visit WVU so my son can take a tour. Are there restrictions on me carrying loaded in my vehicle or on the campus of WVU?

    • http://www.facebook.com/PatOneil Patrick O’Neil

      Forgot to add that I do have a PA License to Carry a Firearm

  • chris

    how do I find out the status on my permit

  • Chrissy

    I previously had a CCW permit in VA. It expired and I am looking to get one in WV where I currently reside. Do I need to take a local safety course, or will my previous safety certificate suffice?

  • John Brooks

    I have taken the CCW training a year ago but did not apply for CCW permit. Will I have to retake CCW class or will my certificate still be valid to apply for CCW permit. I live in raleigh county.

    • Artie

      No

      • Artie

        Yes on 2 question

  • ron

    if one got an underage possession of alcohol or underage consumption will this keep said person from gettin a ccw

    • BeGe1

      Most of those are misdemeanors. Typically misdemeanors only disqualify you if they were violence/weapon related.

  • Michael

    Is it true that if I severed in the Army I can get a permit without any ccw training?

    • BP

      No, in WV you still must attend CCW training despite military service.

    • David

      BP Your wrong that one. I served 4 years in the Marine Corps and I came back to WV and got my CWP 4 days after I got out and DID NOT have to take the course. Anybody that was HONORABLY discharged from Military service and obtain a CWP without taking the course.

      • Wes

        Can someone look that law up because I to served in the Army and was honorably discharged yet still had to take the course to get my CWP. Not like the course was a big deal but half my battle buddies tell me they never took the course and others had to. Who really knows what the law is?

        • Tom

          My nephew had to show, maybe on a DD214 or something, that he used a weapon in the Army. It was funny because he was in an infantry company and had a combat medal.

          To make the uninformed happy, he got his ex-commander to write him a letter and it worked.

  • Tom

    I was convicted of a felony in Ohio. I got my non- violent felony expunged and sealed. I was worried it would still show up if I purchased a handgun. I went in a gun store and legally bought and passed the background check, so I got my first handgun. Should I be worried about getting denied for a concealed carry in WV? That’s where I live now.

    • Josh

      Good question! Im glad you got your life back together. I don’t know the answer to this one. Can someone help this guy?

    • Tom

      Well, I went ahead and applied for my concealed carry and no issues! My record is cleared and I know no longer have to worry about my past mistakes!

      • BeGe1

        Expunged is expunged. You’re good to go.

        The only problem I could think of is that if you did get in trouble doing something dumb with your CCW the court might be harsher on you if it knows you had the past conviction (not sure how they would know or if they would know…just saying).

        So keep your nose clean.

  • Earnest

    I see that your map indicates that SC in a resident carry state. I spoke southcarolina regulatory and was advised that SC does honor west Virginia concealed permits

    • Walt

      I now live in W. Virginia – many states would not honor the old permits which was typed on a piece of paper and stamped. Most states do honor the new permit which is much like a Drivers License. This info is posted at the window where you pick up your new permits.

  • contractor 123

    I have a current Virginia concealed carry permit I am moving to West Virginia will I have to go to the recertification process or can I just transfer it with s fee.

  • Dan the man

    I’m traveling from wv to sc, will all the states I drive thru honor my ccp?

  • annie

    Got mine yesterday. Need to have a photocopy of your driver’s license, a photocopy of your concealed carry class certificate, and the application form which is available online. If you arrive before 3 pm, you can get your permit while there, otherwise, you will have to come back for it. It is a photo ID and costs $110 per person. Way faster than other counties as they have their own “direct line” and set up right there at the sheriff’s office! Awesome!

  • Williams

    I am in the military and just returned from basic and my mos training. I want to get my ccw permit but im not sure what documents I need to make it happen. Can anyone help?

  • Greg

    When carrying concealed in WV, does the weapon you’re carrying have to be registered to you?

    • APerson

      There are no firearm registries… The form you fill out, ATF 4473, stays at the gun store the entire time, never to the ATF. They are there if a gun is recovered, they have a paper trail. SO it doesnt have to be “registered” as there is no such thing

  • John

    Can someone answer Tom’s question below???

  • chris

    i had obtained my exposed firearms permit while in california. does my training from there carry over to WV or do i have to take another course even if im registered with the BSIS?

    • Tom

      I don’t think you need any permit in WV if you open carry.

    • Tom

      I don’t think you need any permit in WV if you open carry.

  • BangBang

    Is there a waiting period to buy guns in Raleigh County?

  • navy116

    Can you get a list of people who have a carry permit?

    • OSUriflegirl23

      why would you need that?

    • bobby

      you or no one else would ever need that who has one is no one elses buissness that’s why its called carry concealed

    • LawStudent

      It’s posted in the paper every week. Along side the marriages, divorces, and property transfers. It is of public record.

  • Dave

    How long do you need to be a resident of the state? Can I apply soon after getting a drivers license after I relocate from another state.

  • Chelsea Nolte

    Hey yall. I was wondering if I could still get my permit when I turn 21 even though I have seizures? Is it like me having my license, where I have to go so long before I can get it?

  • Cricket

    I am going to ask the same as two unanswered questions previously on this post, does my firearms training to get my Arizona CCW apply to the training requirements for the WV CPL, now that I am moving here?

  • Dave

    I have a WV cwp but have since moved to VA. is my WV permit still valid?

  • wvharleygal

    I unknowingly let my permit expire. I see you don’t have to take the test over to qualify but I have another question, I have moved also. I can’t remember what you have to have if any for proof of new address. Can someone help.. I appreciate your time.

  • 07mikel07

    Where do I go to get my WVCW license and how much do I bring with me?

    • leviwhite9

      The sheriff’s office of your county, take $100 but you should only initially need $75.

  • Jwaynep

    I recently read another ccw site and S C and FLA. were reciprocal and recognized WV ccw permits not as residents. Which ones right? I will call to find out before I go on vacation in both states. Last year I carried without any problems, 8 days in Fla.

    • porkchop6209

      This is NOT legal advice, but as I understand it, in Fla., your CCW MUST remain completely covered at all times. Not certain in SC, I know they honor my Va resident. Georgia you have to WRITE and obtain permission, which I think is good for two weeks, to carry from a reciprocity state, however, some of their laws just changed, so you need to call them and check. I’m about to go to WVa, still not 100% certain if my Va Resident permit allows me open carry in WVA or if it has to be completely concealed at all times? Any help here? Reason I ask, I carry a wheelgun many times, it’s hot, I sweat bad and rust my stuff quick, so I carry in a leather Old Town on my side, sometimes I pull my T over it, sometimes I have over the T an open button style Hawaiian shirt. Guidance anyone?

    • porkchop6209

      This is NOT legal advice, but as I understand it, in Fla., your CCW MUST remain completely covered at all times. Not certain in SC, I know they honor my Va resident. Georgia you have to WRITE and obtain permission, which I think is good for two weeks, to carry from a reciprocity state, however, some of their laws just changed, so you need to call them and check. I’m about to go to WVa, still not 100% certain if my Va Resident permit allows me open carry in WVA or if it has to be completely concealed at all times? Any help here? Reason I ask, I carry a wheelgun many times, it’s hot, I sweat bad and rust my stuff quick, so I carry in a leather Old Town on my side, sometimes I pull my T over it, sometimes I have over the T an open button style Hawaiian shirt. Guidance anyone?

  • Walt

    There are some places I would prefer to carry my collapsible baton in it’s small holster. Does anyone know if this is permitted – seems no one knows.

    • Dawn Graham

      Yes, you can carry that because it’s not a pistol or gun. Like mace and pepper spray or taser, they are self defense tools, not weapons that require ammo.

  • Richard M

    There is outdated info on here. You should go to the state where you have your CHL and check the latest info. A good place to start is usually the States Attorney Generals office.

  • WV.Hillbilly

    Cost for renewal in Kanawha County is now $60 for the permit, $15 for the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Fund and $25 for the photo ID card, for a total of $100.

    Also SC, FL, NH, MI and CO now honor WV’s permit.

  • JuneBug

    If you have a Utah primt and you move to West Virginia do you have to take the class all over again.

  • Chad

    No laws about “antique firearms” in West Virginia? Only federal law and GCA of 1968 apply?

  • slick45

    does the gun i carry have to be registered in my name if i bought gun used

  • just pointing out the obvious

    No worries out Dumas scenes wont

  • just pointing out the obvious

    Hmmm no cussing… ok… no genius if you are driving from wv to scenes then the state you are driving to doesn’t honor your permit as shown on the map so the states you’re driving through dont really matter if that’s your destination.

  • George

    Any one know if WV has an Active duty carry clause? Some states honor a CWP/CCP from another state no matter where the CWP /CCP was issued if the person is Active duty military.