How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Virginia

By Legal Editor

Virginia is a "shall issue" state. A carry and conceal weapon (CCW) permit will be issued to anyone who qualifies. The issuing authority is your local state circuit court for residents. Non-residents must apply with the Virginia State Police. The following steps show how to obtain a CCW license.

Be 21 years old and pass a firearms training class approved by the circuit court. It may be National Rifle Association, military, security guard or police training, but check with your circuit court for details.

Obtain an application from your local circuit court. Submit the completed application, training certificate, photo identification such as a driver's license or DD-214 if you have prior military experience, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Some jurisdictions require fingerprints for residents.

Provide fingerprints if you are a non-resident. The permit fee differs for residents and non-residents.

Receive the permit or be denied in 45 days. If your permit has not been processed within 45 days, the court clerk must issue you a temporary permit good for 90 days or until the permanent one is ready.

Renew your permit every five years. Residents do not need to provide their fingerprints, but non-residents do. You are not required to inform a law enforcement officer that you are carrying a concealed weapon.

Refrain from carrying a concealed weapon to bars, churches, school property or any building with a sign banning firearms.