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Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedNO
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

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.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia

Idaho – Delaware only honors the Idaho Enhanced Permit
South Dakota – Delaware only honors the South Dakota Enhanced Permit
North Dakota – Delaware only honors the North Dakota Class 1 Permit.

Delaware CCW Permits

Delaware is a “may issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 3 years when first issued.
Renewals are valid for 5 years.

  • 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

  1. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Have the reference questionnaires completed by five (5) citizens from the County in which you reside.
  5. Complete the application and have it notarized.
  6. 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.
  7. Include the statutory filing fee of $65.00. Cash, money order or personal check, made payable to PROTHONOTARY will be accepted.
  8. 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:
  9. 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.
  10. If your application is approved, you must now complete an Approved Gun Course.
  11. Upon completion of the course please submit a notarized certification of satisfactory completion of the firearm training course.
  12. 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
Renewal: $65

Accepted forms of payment
Cash, Money Order or Personal Check, made payable to “PROTHONOTARY”

  • delaware concealed carry application form


Where You Can Carry

  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Police stations
  • School Bus
  • State approved “SLOTS”
  • Courthouses
  • Police stations
  • Prisons and other detention facilities
  • State or National Forest
  • Wildlife Management Areas
  • State Parks
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Delaware Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Prothonotary Office in the county where you reside.
No information
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Delaware gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does not state you need to carry a permit/license either. However, we always recommend that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Delaware gun laws. 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.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
It is a felony to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle without a permit/license. However, you can still legally carry the firearm in a vehicle if it is in plain site such as on the dash or seat, do not put it in the glove box or any place it cannot be seen. If you have a permit/license then you may carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Delaware is legal but not common. The minimum age is 18 years old.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are not legally permitted to carry in state parks, national parks or wildlife management areas. Carry in roadside rest areas is allowed by law.

Delaware Contacts

Justice Center


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 500 North King Street

CityWilmington, DE 19801

Phone (302) 255-0800

Email [email protected]

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