Virginia

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Virgina operates as a “Shall Issue” state and allows conceal carry permits for non-residents and residents.

You must be 21 and complete a firearm training course to apply for a CCW permit.

Residents can mail in their applications to the circuit court in their county, and non-residents can mail in their application to the State Police.

Open cary is allowed in Virginia without a permit as long as you’re 18 and meet the application criteria.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Reside in the county you make your application in.
  • Demonstrate competence with a handgun.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within the five-year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Is not a person who is addicted to, or is an unlawful user or distributor of, marijuana or any controlled substance.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of public drunkenness, or of a substantially similar offense under the laws of any other state, the District of Columbia, the United States, or its territories within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, or who is a habitual drunkard.
  • Is not a person who the court finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, based on specific acts by the applicant, is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of any assault, assault and battery, sexual battery, discharging of a firearm or brandishing a firearm within the three-year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Is not a person who has been convicted of stalking.
  • Is not a person whose previous convictions or adjudications of delinquency were based on an offense which would have been at the time of conviction a felony if committed by an adult under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, the United States or its territories. Only convictions occurring within sixteen years following the later of the date of (i) the conviction or adjudication or (ii) release from any incarceration imposed upon such conviction or adjudication shall be deemed to be “previous convictions.”
  • Is not a person who has received mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years prior to the date of his application for a concealed handgun permit.
  • Federal Law requirements

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. Download the application form or pickup from the Circuit Court or Sheriffs office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • A photocopy of a certificate of completion of a firearms course.
  4. File application in person or by mail with the clerk of the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides in.
  5. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

NON-RESIDENTS
Applicants who do not reside in Virginia can apply by mail. An application package can be obtained by emailing the Virginia state police at nonrespermit@vsp.virginia.gov or writing to them at the following address;

Firearms Transaction Center 
Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141 
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

Further information can be found at the Virginia State Police website.
Forms can be downloaded from our forms section.

RENEWALS

  • You will be notified by mail 90 days before the permit expires.
  • You can submit a renewal application up to 180 days after the permits expiry date.
  • Applications must include a photocopy of the applicants state issued photo ID.
  • Applications for renewal can be filed by mail.

The standard new permit form can be used. Just select the renewal check box.

LICENSE FEE’S

Fees vary between counties, the maximum you can be charged is $50 for residents or $100 for non-residents.

Application Condition Original Renewal
Resident $50 $50
Non-Resident $100 $50

NOTE
The court shall charge a fee of $10.00 for the processing of an application or issuing of a permit. Local law enforcement agencies may charge a fee not to exceed $35.00 to cover the cost of conducting an investigation pursuant to this Code section. The State Police may charge a fee not to exceed $5.00 to cover the cost associated with processing the application. The total amount of the charges may not exceed $50.00, and payment may be made by any method accepted by the court. Out of state permits have a fee of $100.

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How Reciprocity Works in Virginia

Virginia honors all valid out of state CCW permits. Any person issued a concealed carry permit in another state may carry in Virginia provided they meet the following conditions;

  • They are at least 21 years old.
  • They must carry photo ID issued by a government agency of any state or the US Department of State or US Department of Defense.
  • The permit must be displayed with photo ID upon request from law enforcement.
  • The permit holder has not had a Virginia concealed carry permit revoked in the past.

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Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

Places Not Allowed

  • Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited
  • Place of religious worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held
  • Courthouse
  • School property or school functions (School buses are school property)
  • Non-secure areas of airport terminals
  • Regional Jail or Juvenile Detention Facility
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

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Yes
YES – WITHOUT A PERMIT YES – Without a Permit/License Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license is legal in Virginia and common. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
Yes
YES – WITHOUT A PERMIT YES – Without a Permit/License Vehicle carry is allowed in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. The term “compartment” includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed and the term “secured” means that a container or compartment be closed but not necessarily locked.
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YES It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES State/National Forests: YES State Game Management Units: YES Road Side Rest Areas: YES
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YES/NO In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol If a Virginia restaurant does not have “NO WEAPONS” signs posted you can open and conceal carry a firearm into the restaurant. However, you are not allowed to consume alcohol if you conceal carry into the restaurant. The Law 18.2-308.012
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NO Virginia does not have constitutional carry laws.
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NO “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Virginia gun statutes. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.
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NO – MUST INFORM OFFICER There is nothing in Virginia gun statutes that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapons Signs Enforced

No

Must Notify Officer

No
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