How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in South Carolina

By eHow Legal Editor

South Carolina has a more complex procedure for granting a permit to carry a concealed gun than other states. Before you even begin the process, you must be 21 years old and not be prohibited under state law from possessing a weapon.

Take a concealed weapon training class approved by the state. There are a number of places you can take such courses.

Fill out the concealed carry license application completely. To get the application write to the following address: SLED Regulatory Department P.O. Box 21398 Columbia, S.C. 29221.

Include with your application a full-face photograph, proof of having taken the training course, fingerprints, a driver's license or proof of having passed a vision test with an actual or corrected score of 20/40 or better and proof of residency or ownership of property in South Carolina.

Pay the $50 fee.

Wait for the results of your background check. This may take some time. If your concealed carry application is denied by the state of South Carolina, they will give you a written explanation. You can then appeal the denial.

Remember, the process to get a license to carry a concealed gun can take up to 90 days.

Do not carry a concealed gun even with a permit into churches, medical establishments, schools, government functions and government buildings. For more information, check with South Carolina legislation's homepage. (See Resources below.)

Renew your permit within four years of getting it.