New Hampshire CCW Quick Facts

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

New Hampshire Pistol License


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Give the names and addresses of three references.
  • Provide your drivers license number
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

Permit Information

New Hampshire gun laws operate on an Unrestricted" and “Shall Issue” policy, the later being used for reciprocity. There are no laws restricting the age at which a person can carry firearms. A licence is not required to open or conceal carry. For those that require a permit there are separate forms for residents and non-residents. Residents apply to the county sheriff’s office and non-residents to the State Department of Justice.

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You must be a resident of the state they honor for your permit to be valid in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire Permit Forms

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Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

New Hampshire Places Off-Limits

Places Off-Limits

Title 12 § 159:19 Courtroom Security

Places you can carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state except those in the Off-Limits section

New Hampshire Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by The Department of Public Safety through the local Police/Sheriff for residents and New Hampshire State Police for non-residents.

14 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 14 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in New Hampshire gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. We always recommend that you carry photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun. Although that is not a legal requirement in New Hampshire.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in New Hampshire 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 – Without a License.
There are no restrictions on vehicle carry. A lot of info on the web regarding vehicle carry pre-dates the new 2017 laws. Below is the latest law that clearly says you can carry in a vehicle.

159:6 License to Carry.
III. The availability of a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver under this section or under any other provision of law shall not be construed to impose a prohibition on the unlicensed transport or carry of a firearm in a vehicle, or on or about one’s person, whether openly or concealed, loaded or unloaded, by a resident, nonresident, or alien if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by statute from possessing a firearm in the state of New Hampshire.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Open or concealed carry without a permit/license in New Hampshire is legal.
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 permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

New Hampshire Contacts

New Hampshire State Police

New Permits and Licensing Unit


Monday – Friday 8:15am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 33 Hazen Drive

CityConcord, NH 03305

Phone (603) 223-3873



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Steven L Smith

NH does no longer require toobtain a CCW permet. Is this correct ?


yes you are corectt


I had to discharge my firearm as a warning shot at an attacker that was on my property no one was injured cops were called and had arrested my attacker but the cops took my gun for papper work they told me my question is is that the real reason they took my gun and can I get it back ?


I checked with the North Hampton Pa. Sheriff’s Department and they told me that N.H. non resident CCW permits are not valid in Pa. The map here shows they are, this is probably also the case with other states, be careful.

F. Moses Jr.
F. Moses Jr.

The above indicates a non-resident requirement is to be fingerprinted by your resident State Police Department. I’m somewhat confused as there appears to be no such requirement since new legislation was passed in late 2017. There is no mention of it on NH’s Div of State Police website and I found the following “In addition, “[n]o photograph or fingerprint shall be required or used as a basis to grant, deny, or renew a license to carry for a resident or non-resident, unless requested by the applicant.” on other websites including anti-2A websites. Please advise.

Sean Power
Sean Power

Excellent info . Thank you very much !!


Since NH allows permitless carry shouldn’t it just honor any other state’s permit? In my case I have a a CT resident permit


CT doesn’t honor NH permits. However, NH does honor 26 other states. I don’t believe NH honors Missouri, Vermont and Kansas permits, but they honor ours. I’m curious, when conservatives visit liberal states, they mind their business and probably do a lot of head shaking. But when liberals visit conservative states, they pick it apart and try to make them liberal. Why is that? My house, my rules. Your house, your rules. If I can’t accept your rules, I wouldn’t go to your house. If you can’t accept my rules, you keep coming back, each time trying to change my… Read more »