Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents Only

Example Resident Permit:

Louisiana Concealed Weapon Permit

Louisiana Concealed Weapon Permit

Issuing Authority:
Louisiana State Police

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 66375
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit Phone Numbers:

(225) 925-4867
(225) 925-4868
(225) 922-0225 (Fax Number)

Office Personnel:

1. Sergeant Clay Reavis
2. Wyndie Chifici (Office Manager)
3. Shana Johnson

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit E-Mail Address:
[email protected]

NICS check:
There is a background check done when applying for your Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit. When purchasing a firearm after having a permit you still need to fill out a 4473 firearms transaction record and be subject to a waiting period if there are any delays.

* Original/First-Time Applicants:

Ages 21 – 64
$125 for a five-year permit.

65 Years of Age or Older
$62.50 for a five-year permit.

NOTE: If you have not continuously resided within the State of
Louisiana for the 15 years immediately preceding the date on which your
application is received, an additional $50 non-refundable fee shall be
submitted. This is only for first-time applicants and is not required
for any subsequent renewals.

* Renewals:

Ages 21 – 64
$125 for a four-year permit.

65 Years of Age or Older
$62.50 for a four-year permit.

NOTE: For renewal applications the additional $50 non-refundable
fee and the submission of a fingerprint card is not applicable.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, and must be paid by money order, cashier’s check, or certified check.

Required Documents:
* Original/First-Time Applicants:

In addition to meeting the qualifications in R.S. 40:1379.3(C),
an applicant must demonstrate competence with a handgun by completion
of an approved firearms safety or training course taught by an NRA or
P.O.S.T. certified instructor that is registered with State Police, or
completion of small arms training while serving in the military (as
evidenced by a DD-214), [active service members, reservist and national
guard members must include a clear photocopy of their military ID
(front & back) with a copy of their last qualification record from
their 201 file], or possession of a current valid license to carry a
concealed weapon issued by a parish law enforcement officer.

* Renewals:

Pursuant to LAC 55:I:1307.D, each permittee applying for a
renewal of his permit shall complete additional educational training
within one year prior to submitting a renewal application. To obtain
renewal training, please contact one of the LSP registered instructors.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:

The permit shall be retained by the permittee who shall immediately
produce it upon the request of any law enforcement officer. Anyone who
fails to do so shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.
Additionally, when any peace officer approaches a permittee in an
official manner or with an identified purpose, the permittee shall:

1. Notify the officer that he has a weapon on his person;
2. Submit to a pat down;
3. Allow the officer to temporarily disarm him.

Automobile carry:
Louisiana law does not expressly prohibit the carrying of handguns in
vehicles. This is a complicated issue. We suggest that you refer to
Louisiana Revised Statutes (L.R.S.) Title 14 Sections 95; 95.1; 95.2;
95.6; 95.7; 95.8. Information on these statutes can be obtained at
www.legis.state.la.us/tsrs/search.html or in the “Laws and Rules”
section of our web page.

Places off-limits when carrying:
R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) states that no concealed handgun may be carried into
and no concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to this Section shall
authorize or entitle a permittee to carry a concealed handgun in any of
the following:

* A law enforcement office, station, or building;
* A detention facility, prison, or jail;
* A courthouse or courtroom, provided that a judge may carry such a weapon in his own courtroom;
* A polling place;
* A meeting place of the governing authority of a political subdivision;
* The state capitol building;
* Any portion of an airport facility where the carrying of firearms
is prohibited under federal law, except that no person shall be
prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, if the
firearm is encased for shipment, for the purpose of checking such
firearm as lawful baggage;
* Any church, synagogue, mosque or similar place of worship;
* A parade or demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity;
* Any portion of the permitted area of an establishment that has
been granted a Class A-General retail permit, as defined in Part II of
Chapter 1 or Part II of Chapter 2 of Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised
Statutes of 1950, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the
* Any school “firearm free zone” as defined in R.S. 14:95.6.

The provisions of R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) shall not limit the right of a
property owner, lessee, or other lawful custodian to prohibit or
restrict access of those persons possessing a concealed handgun
pursuant to a permit issued under this Section. No individual to whom a
concealed handgun permit is issued may carry such concealed handgun
into the private residence of another without first receiving the
consent of that person.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
On June 30,Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed HB 1097 by
Representative Eric LaFleur (D-38), NRA-backed legislation granting
civil immunity to crime victims who lawfully use force up to and
including deadly force to protect themselves against a violent attack.

HB 1097 is the companion bill to HB 89 (also by Representative
LaFleur), the NRA-supported “Castle Doctrine” bill which created
presumptions in law for the use of force against intruders in your
home, car or place of business and explicitly states in law that you
have no “duty to retreat” from criminal attack if you are in a place
where you have a legal right to be.

HB 89 was signed by the Governor on June 2 and both bills take effect on August 15.


Open Carry:
Unrestricted in most public areas and generally accepted.

Localities with Varying Laws:
Pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(1) a valid permit in another state is
valid in Louisiana if the issuing state honors concealed handgun
permits issued by Louisiana.

Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a concealed handgun in
another state they are bound by that state’s laws governing concealed
carry and permittees from other reciprocal states are bound by Louisiana concealed carry laws while in Louisiana.

1. Concealed Handgun Permit Application
2. Change of Address
3. Instructor Information Form
4. Medical Summary and Disposition
5. Suspension/Revocation Affidavit DPSSP 4646 (Law Enforcement Use Only)

Firearm Registration/Transfer Forms
Louisiana law does not require the registration of handguns. However,
the law requires the registration and transfer of a firearm. The
following is the legal definition of firearm;

“Firearm” means a shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen
inches in length; a rifle having a barrel of less than sixteen inches
in length; any weapon made from either a rifle or a shotgun if said
weapon has been modified to have an overall length of less than
twenty-six inches; any other firearm, pistol, revolver, or shotgun from
which the serial number or mark of identification has been obliterated,
from which a shot is discharged by an explosive, if that weapon is
capable of being concealed on the person; or a machine gun, grenade
launcher, flame thrower, bazooka, rocket launcher, excluding black
powder weapons, or gas grenade; and includes a muffler or silencer for
any firearm, whether or not the firearm is included within this
definition. Pistols and revolvers and those rifles and shotguns which
have not previously been defined in this Paragraph as firearms from
which serial numbers or marks of identification have not been
obliterated are specifically exempt from this definition.

1. Application To Register As Firearms Dealer, Importer, Or Manufacturer
2. Application To Register Firearm – LA Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1783
3. Application To Transfer Firearm – LA Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1784 & 1787

Office of the State Register
This is a searchable database of the Louisiana Administrative Code.
These are the administrative rules governing the issuance, and
regulation of concealed handgun permits. These rules are contained in
the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 55, Part I, Chapter 13,
Sections 1301 and 1317.

Louisiana State Legislature Search
is a searchable database of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The
specific laws concerning concealed handgun permits are located in R.S.
40:1379.3 et seq.

A permittee may not carry and conceal a handgun while under the
influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) as
defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964. For purposes of the concealed handgun
law, a permittee is considered under the influence of alcohol when a
blood alcohol reading of .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the
blood is obtained, or a blood or urine test shows any confirmed
presence of a CDS.

The permit to carry a concealed handgun shall be revoked by the deputy
secretary when the permittee is carrying and concealing a handgun under
any of the following circumstances:

1. The blood alcohol reading of the permittee is .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood;
2. The permittee’s blood test or urine test shows the confirmed presence of a CDS as defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964;
3. The permittee refuses to submit to a department certified
chemical test when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer.

R.S. 40:1379.3(L) provides that anyone who carries and conceals a
handgun in violation of any provision of this Section, unless
authorized to do so by another provision of the law, shall be fined not
more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six
months, or both.

R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(1) requires the making of a sworn application to the
deputy secretary of public safety services of the Department of Public
Safety and Corrections. The providing of false or misleading
information on the application or any documents submitted with the
application shall be grounds for the denial or revocation of a
concealed handgun permit. The application shall reflect training in
pistols, revolvers, or both. Any permittee under this Section shall
notify the department of any address or name change within thirty days
of the change. Failure to timely notify the department of a name or
address change may result in suspension of the permit for up to thirty

R.S. 40:1379.3(R)(1) requires each permittee, within fifteen days of a
misdemeanor or a felony arrest, other than a minor traffic violation,
in this state or any other state, to notify the deputy secretary of
public safety services by certified mail. The deputy secretary may
suspend, for up to ninety days, the permit of any permittee who fails
to meet the notification requirements of this Section.

R.S. 40:1379.3(F)(1) mandates that the deputy secretary shall revoke
the permit if at any time during the permit period the permittee fails
to satisfy any one of the qualification requirements provided for in
Subsection C of R.S. 40:1379.3.

We try to keep the information on this page as up to date as possible but due to changing laws it is your responsibility to verify all information. The information on this page is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this Web site, emails or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between i156 LLC and the user or browser. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of i156 LLC.

  • Devnull999

    Louisiana no longer has a 2 and 4 year option.  The new option is 5 years for $125 for new

    • redeemed357

      unless you are 65 and then it costs $62.50…:-)

  • Wattstarr911

    Im trying to find a instructor for the LA state security course..for security guards

  • Longnkrnch

    I have a problem uderstanding the class A alcohol permit. Would like a better definition, examples, etc. I do understand that it applies to dedicated nightclubs/bars. But what about restaurants that serve alcohol, casinos, etc?

    • Guest

      I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV – It’s Class A General, versus for example, Class A Restaurant. One charateristic is that an establishment with a Class A General permit is prohibited from allowing anyone under the age of 18 within the Class A General permitted area.

    • Former NOPD Ofcr

      You cannot carry in a casino but you can in a restaurant like Applebee’s or whatever. This applies mainly to bars that sell food as well. It used to be that if 50% or more of the gross sales came from alcohol, then you could not carry. That may or may not be the case now

    • ILikeRush

      I believe that if there is an age restriction (18/21 yrs old) to enter then you cannot carry.

    • tom56071

      you can in restaurants as long as your not sitting at the bar , you also need to make sure their not posted most casinos you are not allowed firearms their owned by the Indians I don’t recommend you carry a gun on a reservation your not us protected they have their own tribal laws and not part of the usa

  • James Tuttle

    I am moving back to Louisiana from NC after a 15 yr hiatus.  I had a NC concealed carry good for the next 5 yrs until I changed my drivers license to Louisiana,.  Is it possible to just transfer my NC concealed carry to Louisiana?

    • tom56071

      yes I believe you can

  • parkgunsranges

    I am an NRA Basic Pistol/Self Protection in the home Instructor,and have been now for going on three years,as well as an instructor for the State of Utah CCW, and a registered instructor for the state of MS for the special endorsement. Though I am not not a Resident of the state of LA. Do my NRA credentials authorize me to teach your resident’s the Basic Pistol class so they can apply for your residential permit. I have had numerous inquires in reference to this question and would really appreciate it if you were to advise me of this so i can and will give them the correct answer. I do not want to mislead them in anyway. All of my students have to qualify to NRA Standards in any of the classes that i teach. please reply to [email protected]

  • Thedude

    U can conceal carry in Florida with a louisiana concealed carry liscence I have a travelers guide for 2013 and it states that Florida honors louisiana concealed carry permits and louisiana honors floridas concealed carry liscences

    • ILikeRush

      Louisiana does not honor Florida permits if you are a resident of Louisiana.

      • Alice Payne

        What about the travelers guide that states Florida honors Louisiana concealed carry permits and Louisiana honors Florida’s concealed carry permits?

        • redeemed357

          hold on guys—I am calling to check on this…brb…

          • redeemed357

            Florida DOES HONOR STATE OF LOUISIANA permits. CALL THEM about your state….1-850-245-5691 (just keep hitting “0” until someone comes on line.) 🙂

        • tom56071

          call them first Arkansas is funny too

        • tom56071

          call before you go there

    • NufSaid

      Res Permits Only:
      Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina says on the map on this page less they changed the laws again

    • NufSaid

      Permit(s) Honored In:
      Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming so I don’t know becareful id recheck your oinfo

  • Nitro 1

    If the state does not accept your application for a CCW do they let you know?

    • Biff Sarin

      I can not answer your question directly BUT I can tell you that the folks at the ‘Concealed Handgun Permit Unit’ are actually very nice. It took me 6 MONTHS!!! to get my CCW in LA and on all five occasions when I called the office for an update, they were very patient and pleasant. I Applied in July 2013 and was approved in Jan 2014. I guess they were kind of inundated with applicants after President BO decided that he was going to make ‘gun control’ his pet project last year.

      • NufSaid

        Yes after that they were 30,000 application going through a month took me 7 months to get mine also and it had mistakes on it lol wrong color hair and eye 1 call straighten it out tho and they will let you know if thet refuse you

      • Guest

        Permit(s) Honored In:
        Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming so I don’t know becareful

      • redeemed357

        I drove over to Baton Rouge and placed my application on file and got my fingerprints taken there. The CCW came 6 weeks later.

      • tom56071

        6 months long time most length of time is 90 days I guess it depends on how many states you lived in they go back 15 years and how busy they are

    • redeemed357

      yes they let you know—and if something is wrong with the application (usually your fingerprints are not clear enough) they will give you a specified period of time to resubmit your application. But you do not get your money back if you fail to comply with request for additional information.

    • tom56071

      check with a ccw instructor he can tell you in that state

  • Lakerat56

    I have been hearing about a lifetime carry permit for the last year. Has there been any more movement on this legislation?

    • Alice Payne

      Lifetime permits are now available. I think the price is $500, but double check me on this price,. I am going by memory alone and I may have gotten my figures wrong?

      • Randy Hamilton

        Louisiana has a lifetime permit its $500 or $250 if your prior military and have a DD 214 with Honorable discharge then every 5 years you must complete the class time with a certificate

        • cornel peters

          It’s $250 for military and 65 and older plus a extra $50 if you haven’t lived in Louisiana for the previous 15 years. It’s 500 for every one else.

    • Mike

      Yes, there’s a life permit but you’ll have to provide training cert each 5 years.

    • tom56071

      yes you can get life time permits I think their around 500.00

  • jimkimmons

    Have looked all over. Does anyone know if you can carry two concealed handguns in Louisiana?

    • ODOH

      As far as I know you can carry as many concealed weapons you want with a permit. Just took the class a week or two back and I am pretty sure that is what I was told.

      • jimkimmons

        Thanks. I emailed the state and they confirmed that they don’t have a restriction. They actually replied within an hour or so.

  • Keith schipiour

    How do you get arrest records when you been arrested in a couple of parishes and you have know idea dates or years . They are the State Police for god sakes they can get that information easier than I can . Then you seen a Psychiatrist over twelve years ago for anxiety and they want information from doctor who was sent to prison for 8 years for Medicaid fraud and drug trial fraud after Hurricane Katrina . Like I remember the dates and addresses I lived in the last fifteen years . I am sorry but I am not FEMA they had a address for where I lived at 11 years of age for a security question and I am 51

  • Beau Seamons

    How do you get your permit do they contact you for pick up or is it mailed to you? Will they notify you if you don’t pass background?

    • cornel peters

      Yes they mail it to you and will notify of any updates through email. The online application is best.

  • Garrett Regan

    Do you have to take a class to get the permit,are can I just submit an application?

  • Greg

    If you have a Louisiana permit and move to another state can you keep the permit and just do a change of address with Louisiana authorities.

  • James Giddings

    my concealed carry permit has expired, can I get it renewed of starting all over?

  • Rich Whitman

    UPDATED August 2016: The current backlog for submitting an application *via USPS Mail* to Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Unit is AT LEAST 8 months. I submitted mine in Early December 2015 (shortly after the San Bernardino shooting), and have yet to receive it as of early August 2016. According to local news reports in early July 2016, they are processing over 2400 applications, with an office staff consisting of the 3 members listed above in this article. I contacted them at the end of March 2016, and they informed me that current processing times are around 120days from the moment they begin to process your application, which could take months. With every new terrorist attack or mass shooting (Dallas Police attack, Nice truck attack, Munich shooting, Baton Rouge Police shooting, etc), their workload is only going to increase. And with a Democrat governor in John Bel Edwards, the personnel managing the office are not going to get more funding, resources, or help anytime soon.
    Therefore, my advice is to get your fingerprints entered electronically at the Baton Rouge State Police headquarters, which will allow you to walk into the Concealed Carry Permit office, submit all the paperwork same day, and receive your license in the mail 2 weeks later. If you must take a full day off of work in order to handle this, trust me, it is worth it. A friend of mine did this around the same time I submitted mine, and got his in the mail 2 weeks later. I’m still waiting.

    • HongryHawg

      I went to the BR State Police headquarters and submitted all paperwork, fees, electronic fingerprints in early August. This week it will be 90 days. Still waiting.

      • R0tten

        Did you receive it yet?

    • Eason

      I submitted for my permit on September 19th and got my acceptance email on December 23rd. I paid the fee immediately. Now just waiting on the actual permit to arrive. I even had 2 states that I lived in in the past 15 years, so I don’t know what held up your permit for so long. It took 95 days to get my acceptance email.

    • Ed Richards

      I hand carried all paperwork to Baton Rouge office on October 12, 2016. I received my permit in the mail yesterday, 12/29/2016. By he way it was a Free Lifetime permit.

  • Ed Richards

    FYI.The passage of Act 44 of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session (Effective August 1, 2016) amended and reenacted R.S. 40:1379.3(W), relative to concealed handgun permits; to exempt honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces from all fees associated with 5-year or lifetime concealed handgun permits. This Act doesn’t affect currently active military personnel. Active duty personnel remain eligible to receive the half price discount with a copy of your most recent orders.

    I just received my free lifetime permit.

  • R0tten

    We have been accepted and paid our dues August 16th 2016. It has been over 5 months and still have not received the license? Anyone have something similar?