Washington D.C. Concealed Carry Permit Information

Does Washington D.C. issue concealed carry permits?
No, although the District is currently being sued to allow this.What are the laws regarding open carry in the District of Columbia?
Open Carry is prohibited In Washington D.C.Who issues firearms registration certificates?
D.C. Metropolitan Police

What types of firearms can I possess?
Note: All firearms must be registered, without exception.

What is the cost of a firearms registration certificate?

Application$13$13
Ballistics Test$12N/A
Fingerprinting / FBI Background Check$35$35
Total$60$48

What are the registration requirements for firearm ownership in the District of Columbia?

Newly Purchased Firearm
To register a newly purchased firearm:
Rifle or Shotgun

  • The DC firearms dealer will provide and complete Section A of MPD’s “Application for Firearms Registration Certificate” (PD-219).
  • You will complete the rest of the application and bring it to the FRS along with all other necessary materials to complete the registration process.
  • Once the application is approved (generally within 5 days), the FRS will notify you.  You can pick up your registration certificate or request that it be mailed to you.
  • After you get the registration certificate, bring it to the dealer to pick up your legally registered gun.

Handgun

  • The DC firearms dealer will provide and complete Section A of MPD’s “Application for Firearms Registration Certificate” (PD-219).
  • You will complete the rest of the application and bring it to the FRS along with all other necessary materials to complete the registration process.
  • Once the application is approved (generally within 5 days), the FRS will notify you.  You can pick up your registration certificate or request that it be mailed to you.
  • After you get the registration certificate, bring it to the dealer to pick up your handgun.
  • Immediately bring the UNLOADED gun back to the FRS for a ballistics test. This process takes approximately 1-hour, after which the registration process is complete and you may leave with your legally registered gun.

Previously Owned Firearm
To register a firearm (rifle, shotgun, or handgun) that you already legally possess in another jurisdiction:

  • Bring your UNLOADED gun to the FRS (do not bring any ammunition) along with all materials necessary to complete the registration process.
  • After you complete the process, you will leave with your gun.
  • Once the application is approved (generally within 5 days), the FRS will notify you.  You can pick up your registration certificate or request that it be mailed to you.  Your registration process is then complete.

For detailed registration procedures and additional information see:
http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1237,q,547431,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,%7C.asp

To view a state’s concealed carry permit information click on the state. The state’s color represents whether a state is Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry or Right Denied (We explain each state’s status here).

Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

May Issue to Residents Only:
California, Delaware, Virgin Islands

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alaska, West Virginia

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:
Vermont

Right Denied:
American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

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