Delaware gun laws make this state a “May Issue” jurisdiction. Concealed carry permits will only be issued to residents. Applications for a permit must be submitted in the county of residence. Applicants must obtain five references from residents of their county and then they must publish their application in the local newspaper that has a minimum circulation of 35% ten days before they file the application. The application is reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and a Court.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
- Complete a firearms training course.
- Have five references from the county you reside in. The references shall clearly state that the applicant is a person of full age, sobriety and good moral character, that the applicant bears a good reputation for peace and good order in the community in which the applicant resides, and that the carrying of a concealed deadly weapon by the applicant is necessary for the protection of the applicant or the applicant’s property, or both.
- Have never been convicted in Delaware or elsewhere of a felony or a crime of violence.
- If under 25 years old have never been, as a juvenile, adjudicated as delinquent for conduct which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a felony.
- Have never been convicted for the unlawful use, possession, or sale of a narcotic, dangerous drug, or central nervous system depressant or stimulant.
- You are not subject to a Protection From Abuse Order issued by a court.
- Have never been committed for a mental disorder to any hospital, mental institution, or sanitarium.
- Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
- Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
- Arrange with a newspaper of general circulation in your County to have your application published once, at least (10) days before the filing of your application with the Court. Obtain an affidavit from the newspaper company stating that this requirement has been met, and attach it to your application. PLEASE NOTE: Newspaper selection must have a circulation of at least 35% of the population in your zip code. Be sure to use your whole name – no initials – and your home address.
- Arrange to be fingerprinted. Fingerprints must be taken within 45 days of filing application. Fingerprinting by Appointment Only. Appointments are ONLY Tuesday & Thursday noon to 6:30p.m. For an appointment call: (302)739-2528 You will be given the address of the Delaware State Police Troop to report to at the time you are given an appointment. You may want to verify payment methods at the time you schedule your interview.
- Have the reference questionnaires completed by five (5) citizens from the County in which you reside.
- Complete the application and have it notarized.
- Include two (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 color passport-style photographs of the applicant, taken within the six month period immediately preceding the filing of the application.
- Include the statutory filing fee of $65.00. Cash, money order or personal check, made payable to PROTHONOTARY will be accepted.
- New applications may be filed at any time. You must file the original set and a complete copy of all the documents. (DUPLICATE COPY) You may hand deliver your application to the Prothonotary Office, or, if all the requirements are met, mail to the Prothonotary Office in the County in which you reside:
- Following review of your application by the Attorney Generals Office and the Court, you will receive written notification as to whether your application has been denied or approved.
- If your application is approved, you must now complete an Approved Gun Course.
- Upon completion of the course please submit a notarized certification of satisfactory completion of the firearm training course.
- If you can not complete the course within 90 days of the approval of your gun permit, please submit proof that you have enrolled in the course.
If a certification or proof of enrollment is not filed with the Court within 90 days of the approval of your gun permit, they will assume you no longer want to obtain a gun permit. In order to obtain a gun permit, you will have to start the process over.
New Permits: $65
Accepted forms of payment
Cash, Money Order or Personal Check, made payable to “PROTHONOTARY”
- Road side rest areas
Places Not Allowed
- Police stations
- School Bus
- State approved “SLOTS”
- Police stations
- Prisons and other detention facilities
- Wildlife Management Areas
- 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