TENNESSEE GUN LAWS

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Tennessee Handgun Permit

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms safety course within last 12 months
  • Resident of the state of Tennessee
  • You are a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability
  • Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking
  • Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application.
  • The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.
  • Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution; has not had a court appoint a conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity; and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm because of mental illness.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Complete an online application.
  3. Visit a Driver License Station
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Proof of US citizenship or residency
    • Photo ID – driver license, state ID card
    • Training course certificate
  5. File an application at any Driver Services Center.
  6. When your application is processed at the Driver Service Center, you will be given instructions on being fingerprinted.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

State instructions for new Handgun Permits
Online Handgun Permit application

RENEWALS

  • Handgun Permits can be renewed up to 6 months before the expiry date.
  • Permits can be renewed up to one cycle past the expiry date.
  • A new application will need to be made if more than 8 years has elapsed since the expiry date.
  • Permits can be renewed at any full Driver Service Center or by mail.
  • Paper renewal application forms can be obtained by calling 615 251-8590

Mailing Address
Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
P.O. Box 23710
Nashville, TN 37202

LICENSE FEE’S

Original
8 Year Permit: $100
Military 8 Year Permit: $68
Lifetime Permit: $300
Military Lifetime Permit: $268
Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime Permit: $100

Renewal
8 Year Permit: $50
Military 8 Year Permit: $50
Lifetime Permit: $200
Military Lifetime Permit: $200
Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime Permit: $100

Upgrades
Upgrade to Lifetime: $200
Upgrade to Lifetime Military: $200
Retired Law Enforcement Upgrade to a Lifetime: $100

All Duplicates
$5

Acceptable forms of payment
Cash, Money order, Certified check

QUICK FACTS

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

Permit Information


Tennessee gun laws allow for concealed carry permits to be issued to residents. Non-residents can obtain a special non-resident permit if they are employed in the state, have a current permit in their home state, and apply within 6 months of beginning employment. Applicants must be at least 21 or older and completed a firearms training course within the previous 12 months. Applications are processed at the state level by the Department of Safety. They can be submitted at any Driver Services Center.

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RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

NON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Any public park, playground, civic center or other building facility, area or property owned, used or operated by any municipal, county or state government for recreational purposes
  • Any room in which judicial proceedings are in progress
  • Any public or private school building or bus
  • Any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area or athletic field
  • Individual, business, or government meetings. Notice of such prohibition must be posted
  • While under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Airports
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Tennessee Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Applications can be processed at any full service Driver Services Center.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
NOMust Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Tennessee gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require that you carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
YES
Tennessee gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

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 Permit/License
It is legal to carry a handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle that is privately owned. No permit is required and the firearm can be located anywhere in the vehicle but not on your person.
YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
You can only open carry a handgun if you have a permit/license to carry a concealed firearm. Open carry is not common in cities.
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.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch


Driver Services Center

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 624 Hart Lane

CityNashville, TN 37216

Phone (615) 532-9780

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