Arizona gun laws operate at the state level and are very permissive. They allow any person who is at least 18 years old to open carry, and 21 years old or over to conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona was the second state after Alaska to enact “Constitutional Carry” laws. They still maintain a “Shall Issue” policy for reciprocity reasons. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents with one of the requirements being that a firearms safety course must be passed.
- Must be 21 years old or more
- You are a resident of Arizona or a US citizen
- You are not unlawfully present in the United States
- You have completed an approved firearms training class
- You have no pending charges
- You have not been convicted of a felony
- You have not been diagnosed as mentally ill
- Federal Law Requirements
ARS 13.3101(7) -State prohibitors
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
- Determine if you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapons permit.
- You are required to read Arizona Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 13.
- Complete a firearms safety training course.
- You will need to contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit, via email to request an application packet (fill in form on left side of window) which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope.
- Return the application with two sets of fingerprints, proof of training and the fee.
- You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
- Around 90 days before a permits expiry date a renewal packet will be sent to the address on record.
- Permits can be renewed within 90 days before or 60 days after the expiry date.
- If the permit has expired for more than 60 days a new application process will need to be started.
- If you do not receive the packet please print off a renewal application from our forms section.
The renewal application with fee will need to be mailed to;AZ DPS-CWPU
P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix,
Renewal applications can also be dropped off at the following office between 8am – 5pm.DPS Public Service Center building
2222 W. Encanto Blvd.
You are required to inform the CWPU of any address or phone number change within 10 days. Use the change of address form located in the forms section on this page.
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Accepted forms of payment
Money order, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check – payable to the AZ DPS to the CWPU
Arizona will honor all other states concealed carry permits. There is one exception with the Idaho permit as stated in the notes below. A person must be at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm in Arizona.
Arizona currently has signed reciprocity agreements with eight other states. These states are; Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia. A full list of reciprocity agreementscan be viewed on the state website.
- Idaho – Arizona will only honor the Idaho Enhanced Permit. They will not honor the Idaho Standard Permit.
- Oklahoma – Residents of Arizona can carry a concealed firearm without any permit while visiting Oklahoma. The only requirement is that you carry state issued ID from Arizona.
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- You can take a firearm onto school property if you follow the procedure below;
You are an adult in a vehicle and the firearm is unloaded before entering school grounds. Furthermore, if you must exit your vehicle, the firearm must remain unloaded and be secured (locked) within the vehicle, out of plain view.
- All areas of the state – except those listed as Off-Limits.
Places Not Allowed
- Liquor retailer who has posted a sign prohibiting weapons
- The grounds of any school
- Polling places on election day
- Correctional facilities
- Nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations.
- Any establishment or event open to the public where the operator makes a reasonable request for you to give them custody or remove the weapon from the premises. A sign would qualify for such request. By law, cities and counties are required to offer on-site storage if they ban weapons but not all are in compliance
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Carry In Vehicle
Carry In State Parks
Carry In Restaurants
No Weapons Signs Enforced
Must Notify Officer