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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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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


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
  • Wildlife Management Areas
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Delaware Gun Laws

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


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I’m visiting Delaware and have a New York and Utah full carry pistol permit am I allowed to carry in delaware


I checked my CCW app with a resident NY and non-resident Utah permits and it says your permits are honored. I am not an attorney or giving legal advise, my advise would be to check with a 2A attorney before doing so. However, I carry and use the CCW app on a regular basis and have never found it to be wrong. Stay safe.


i lived in wva and i moved to de with a wva concealed permit is it still legal