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Virginia gun laws operate on a "Shall Issue" policy and allow for concealed carry permits to be issued to residents and non-residents. Applicants for a CCW permit must be 21 or older and complete a firearms training course. For residents, applications are filed with the circuit court in their county of residence and non-residents must mail their application to the State Police. Open carry in Virginia is legal without a permit with the minimum age being 18 provided the person meets other qualifying laws.

Virginia 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
Constitutional Carry NO
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Virginia CCW Reciprocity


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    • How Reciprocity Works in Virginia

      Virginia honors all valid out of state CCW permits. Any person issued a concealed carry permit in another state may carry in Virginia provided they meet the following conditions;
      • They are at least 21 years old.
      • They must carry photo ID issued by a government agency of any state or the US Department of State or US Department of Defense.
      • The permit must be displayed with photo ID upon request from law enforcement.
      • The permit holder has not had a Virginia concealed carry permit revoked in the past.

      Virginia Reciprocity State's

      Resident Permit Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, 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, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming Non-Resident Permit Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
      Alabama, 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, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming Districts & Territories District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
      California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington,
      • Wisconsin will only honor the Virginia Non-Resident permit.
      • Virginia will honor all Non-Resident permits from other states they honor.
      18.2 - 308.014 - Reciprocity

      Virginia Handgun Permit

      Virginia Gun Policy

      Shall Issue

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      Residents, Non-Residents
      CCW Permit Overview
      Concealed carry permits are issued to residents and non-residents. Any training requirements can be done online or in person with the minimum age of applicants being 21 years old. Application forms can be obtained on this website or picked up from Circuit Courts, Sheriffs office or the Police Department. There is no requirement that you have resided in the county or state for any length of time.

      Non-Resident Permits

      You can apply by mail for a non-resident permit. To request an application package write to the below address and include your full name, address and phone number;

      Firearms Transaction Center,
      Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits,
      Criminal Justice Information Services Division,
      Department of State Police,
      P.O. Box 85141
      Richmond, VA 23285-5141.

      Applicants must be at least 21 years old. An instruction list on what you will need for a non-resident permit can be obtained here.

      Handgun Training
      You will need to submit proof that you are competent with a handgun. You can achieve this by any of the following methods;
      • Complete a NRA firearms safety course.
      • Complete a hunter safety or hunter education course that has been approved by the Department of game and Fisheries or a similar organization in other states.
      • Complete any firearms training or safety course available to the public from a college, firearms school, Department of Justice, Law enforcement agency or private or public institution with certified NRA instructors.
      • Online training course.


      • Must be at least 21 years old.
      • Reside in the county you make your application in.
      • Demonstrate competence with a handgun.
      • Is not a person who has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within the five-year period immediately preceding the application.
      • Is not a person who is addicted to, or is an unlawful user or distributor of, marijuana or any controlled substance.
      • Is not a person who has been convicted of public drunkenness, or of a substantially similar offense under the laws of any other state, the District of Columbia, the United States, or its territories within the three-year period immediately preceding the application, or who is a habitual drunkard.
      • Is not a person who the court finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, based on specific acts by the applicant, is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or negligently to endanger others.
      • Is not a person who has been convicted of any assault, assault and battery, sexual battery, discharging of a firearm or brandishing a firearm within the three-year period immediately preceding the application.
      • Is not a person who has been convicted of stalking.
      • Is not a person whose previous convictions or adjudications of delinquency were based on an offense which would have been at the time of conviction a felony if committed by an adult under the laws of any state, the District of Columbia, the United States or its territories. Only convictions occurring within sixteen years following the later of the date of (i) the conviction or adjudication or (ii) release from any incarceration imposed upon such conviction or adjudication shall be deemed to be "previous convictions."
      • Is not a person who has received mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment in a residential setting within five years prior to the date of his application for a concealed handgun permit.
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      Pointers: Virginia Handgun Laws

      Virginia: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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      Places Off-Limits in Virginia

      • Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited
      • Place of religious worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held
      • Courthouse
      • School property or school functions (School buses are school property)
      • Non-secure areas of airport terminals
      • Regional Jail or Juvenile Detention Facility
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

      Places Allowed in Virginia

      • State parks
      • State and national forests
      • Road side rest areas
      • Vehicle
      • All areas of the state not listed as Off-Limits

      Virginia Concealed Carry Laws

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      Virginia Gun Laws To Know

      YES - Without a permit
      YES - Without a Permit/License Vehicle carry is allowed in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel. The term "compartment" includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed and the term "secured" means that a container or compartment be closed but not necessarily locked.
      YES - Without a permit
      YES - Without a Permit/License Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license is legal in Virginia and common. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
      NO - Must Inform Officer
      There is nothing in Virginia gun statutes that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
      Virginia does not have constitutional carry laws.
      It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks:    YES State/National Forests:    YES State Game Management Units:    YES Road Side Rest Areas:   YES  
      In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol If a Virginia restaurant does not have "NO WEAPONS" signs posted you can open and conceal carry a firearm into the restaurant. However, you are not allowed to consume alcohol if you conceal carry into the restaurant. The Law 18.2-308.012
      “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Virginia gun statutes. 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.

      “That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
      (Article I § 13)

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      Virginia Off-Limit Statutes

      Other Virginia CCW Statutes

      For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

      Other Virginia Gun Laws

      Private Sales

      Private gun sales without background checks are legal in Virginia. The only requirement is that both the seller and buyer are residents of the state in which the sale occurs.

      Gun Shows
      Background checks can be made on private gun sales at gun shows, this is entirely voluntary. Police will be stationed at the gun show and if requested will do a background check for a fee of $2.

      The Virginia State Police have printed a guide on private gun sales.

      Virginia CCW FAQ's

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      Virginia CCW Contact

      Virginia Beach Circuit Court


      Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

      Saturday Closed

      Sunday Closed


      Address 2425 Nimmo Parkway

      CityVirginia Beach, VA 23456-9017

      Phone (757) 385-4181



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      The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.


      1. If I have felony charges in the state of Nj can I purchase a weapon in Virginia if I’m now a resident? If not how long is the process before I will be able to do so ??

      2. In VA can an arresting police officer purchase and give a firearm to a victim who has a protective order privately or on duty specifically to protect against respondent of protective order?

      3. KC
        I just moved to Virginia and now a resident of Virginia. I have a ccw with Texas though. I know Virginia honors Texas CCW but I am not sure who I need to call to let them know that I have moved . Do I need to apply for a Virginia CCW renewal ?

        1. In most cases you will need to notify your home state’s ccw authority and respective jurisdiction, if required by that state. VA does not require you to notify them for change of address from another state for CCW purposes at this time, however they do have other requirements such as registering your vehicle within 30 days of moving to the state which may compound any interaction with law enforcement while holding an out of state CCW if you have not done so.

      4. I have my concealed carry permit and often use a belly band while running to carry. Do I have to have my permit on me while doing so? Is it illegal to have my handgun in my band under my shirt while exercising and not have my permit on my person?

        1. Yes it is illegal. You must carry your ccw permit with state issued ID anytime you wish to carry concealed outside of your own property.

          1. If my ccw permit has expired do I have to take the safety course again or do I still fill out the application for renewal?

            1. Just fill out the CCW application and check ‘renewal’. You do not need to retake the course.

      5. I am non-resident but am armed certified in the State of Virginia. Can I purchase and carry a firearm?

        1. Yes. You have to be 21 to purchase a firearm in virginia. I am a texas resident.

        1. § 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.
          It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer, to be or appear in any public place, or upon any private property in this Commonwealth without first having obtained from the owner or tenant thereof consent to do so in writing. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to persons (i) wearing traditional holiday costumes; (ii) engaged in professions, trades, employment or other activities and wearing protective masks which are deemed necessary for the physical safety of the wearer or other persons; (iii) engaged in any bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball; or (iv) wearing a mask, hood or other device for bona fide medical reasons upon (a) the advice of a licensed physician or osteopath and carrying on his person an affidavit from the physician or osteopath specifying the medical necessity for wearing the device and the date on which the wearing of the device will no longer be necessary and providing a brief description of the device, or (b) the declaration of a disaster or state of emergency by the Governor in response to a public health emergency where the emergency declaration expressly waives this section, defines the mask appropriate for the emergency, and provides for the duration of the waiver. The violation of any provisions of this section is a Class 6 felony.

          Code 1950, §§ 18.1-364, 18.1-367; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1986, c. 19; 2010, cc. 262, 420; 2014, c. 167.

      6. I am almost 20 so I can carry a handgun on my hip without a permit and I can purchase a handgun from someone and register it to me

      7. If I have someone in the house who is a felon can I legally own a gun in Virginia?

      8. Are there any laws stating how to legally store a handgun in my home? I have looked everywhere because someone said there was.

      9. I have been searching the web for a specific topic that I have yet to find. Are there any laws about storing a handgun in my home? ( I understand open and concealed carry, I just have heard mixed things and would like a more definite answer.)

      10. What if a person has guns given to them as a gift? As long as they are 21 or older, are they legal and allowed to have them in their home without a permit in the state of virginia? Do they absolutely have to register them, especially if kept at home ?

      11. Virginia no longer has reciprocity with Kansas but we are traveling to VA to visit family. What do we need to do to be legal??

      12. I moved to Virginia from Florida last year. I have a CCW permit from Florida. I am a full and legal resident of VA now. Is my FL CCW permit still good, until it expires, or do I have to get a VA CCW permit ? Thanks.

      13. Couple of questions, I’m 19 and own an AR15 am I legally able to keep it in the passenger seat of my car tucked away? Can I open carry it? I’m looking to buy a pistol soon and know I can’t have a permit to conceal carry but if I buy it can I open carry it?

      14. Active duty military, from georgia. Ga law allows conceal carry with your active duty military id card (uses the id as a conceal carry permit) …question 1. Does Virginia allow this under its reciprocity law? Question 2. Cann military carry concealed in VA without a permit (if they don’t allow it under reciprocity of the GA law above mentioned.) Or do I have to open carry?

      15. Can you gift a firearm or handgun in virginia, and is there an age requirement for either of those?

      16. In Virginia what would happen if you got caught carrying an unregistered AR pistol in your vehicle but you have the bill of sale with you. could you get in trouble?

      17. If I open carry into STARBUCKS can they LEGALLY Not serve me or Ask me to leave without service???Isnt this the same as refusing to make a Gay wedding Cake????‍♂️?‍♂️??

      18. I was a PA resident and got my CCW permit while living in PA 2 years ago. I am now a Virginia resident. Can I keep the PA permit until it expired in 3 years or do I need to get a VA permit now that I am a resident of VA?

        1. There may be a clause with regard to the PA permit that states it is only valid if your home of record is still in PA. I had a CO resident permit that expired when I moved to VA, even though its date had not yet expired.

      19. I have a valid CCW in the state of Virginia, I’m traveling to FLorida, I see on the map that South Carolina and Florida shows Residential permits only, so does that mean they do not recognize VA CCW? Thank you

        1. They do not accept non resident va permits. Meaning an out of state person gets a va non resident permit would not be recognized.

        2. The wording is kind of confusing, but from what I gather, if you are a Virginia resident with a Virginia resident permit Florida will honor it. However, if you hold a Virginia non-resident permit, Florida will not honor it. So, if a New York resident who can’t get a permit in New York but gets a non-resident permit in Virginia, that permit will not be honored in Florida. South Carolina or Colorado.

      20. I have a ccw permit. Can my employer deny me my right to carry? I work for a private company. They have no signage to the effect and only have a statement in their handbook restricting any illegal firearms to be in company vehicles.

      21. If I am active duty military with a active ccw permit in the state of Florida and I move to Virginia can I keep my Florida or do I need to reapply for a Virginia license

      22. Can I SIRT Laser Training Pistol in MD with Commonwealth Of Virginia Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit ?

      23. Hello, I would like to know if it is within my legal right to drive with a unloaded shotgun in my vehicle in the state of Virginia.

      24. Can I own a gun in the state of Virginia if my spouse is a felon?

      25. Can I have a gun in my car? It must be nice in my car? Unloaded and lock on my gun?

        1. In Va if you can legally possess a firearm you can carry in your car. If you do not have a carry permit you can put it in a compartment such as glove box or console. I would be very careful especially if you have children and they use your vehicle and are under 21 . Just remember to remove weapon

      26. I am coming from South Carolina for a few days and I know VA reciprocates with SC but do I need to get a non resident CCW permit and could I open carry or have to be concealed

      27. Does a resident of VA who has stayed at a mental health facility allowed to display a Kentucky long rifle made prior to 1898. The family airloom has been in the family since the 18th century. Is definitly will not fire. The stock and ramrod are broken, and the hammer will not move. It probably hasn’t been fires since the 1700’s.
        It does not fire center or rim fire bullets that do not make explosions.
        Please let me keep and display the family antique.
        Thank you for you art?ention to this matter.

      28. I am from the date of Pennsylvania and I would like to obtain a VA non resident permit. What is the requirement?

        1. VA recognizes PA’s concealed permit so there is really no need for you to get a VA non-resident permit unless you don’t already have a PA concealed carry permit.

        1. You should use hollow point ammo for self defense. Not only will it create a bigger wound cavity, they are designed to stop inside of the threat and not continue on possibly striking an innocent bystander

      29. I was recently prohibited from Concealed Carry at the Altria Center (Used to be the Mosque) in Richmond. I believe the building is owned by the City of Richmond. And I thought a city could not pass laws more restrictive than the state.
        Anybody have an explanation ? Thanks.

      30. I went and applied for a non resident Concealed permit in Pennsylvania so to let you know they honor the non resident CCW. you have to have a permit in your home state and it is only 20$, but be warned , some county sheriff’s don’t comply ,so check ahead of time. I went through York county to get mine

      31. I went in for my CCW duplicate and found out it Expired in ’17 (time flies lol) The lady @ Circuit Court building handed me the paperwork and said fill it on the side counter and get back n line with $50. Do I need to retake a CCW course or can I send in my renewal forms and $.

        1. You won’t have to retake any courses if you have previously been approved for a CCW. They will want a copy of your expired one along with everything else, and it should just be processing paperwork and getting a new one sent to you.

      32. I want to purchase a hand gun for self protection in my apartment and my vehicle ( I live alone and was recently hassled by a contract maintenance worker in my building. I called the police but they were of no help and told me this was a civil matter. It was a disturbance of the peace at a minimum, and I am now consider getting a handgun for personal protection for the first time in my adult life.) I understand the laws regarding guns in vehicles. What do I need to know regarding self defense in my apartment, and can I also openly carry the gun in my apartment building, or am I restricted to concealing it and not letting it be seen in a residential building? Is it better to conceal it anyway, so as not to upset others in public, or carry in the open when bringing it with me on my local travels? This is all new to me but I am most concerned about self defense, particularly during the middle of the night in my residence. If my apartment were invaded in the middle of the night by person unknown, I would not hesitate to use the gun to protect myself.

        1. I would also be interested in the answer to this question…I am waiting on my CHP, but would still like to carry the handgun in my vehicle until I receive it, since a permit is not required to carry in a motor vehicle. However, I live in an apartment, and I do not want to take the elevator open carrying a handgun, and putting it in a backpack seems like basically concealed carrying, which I am not yet able to do until the permit is mailed to me. What I have been doing is putting it unloaded, into its case, and then putting that in a backpack, and then taking it out and reloading it once in my vehicle. If anyone has any insight into this it would be helpful, since unloading, putting it in the case and then a backpack, and then taking it back out and reloading in the vehicle is quite a process. Even if the process is a bit laborious, I am trying to make sure that I follow the law and prevent other non-CHP holders from getting upset in my apartment.

      33. I have a Virginia cc permit can I buy a pistol in NC with the Virginia permit?

        1. Technically yes, but you won’t be able to take delivery it will have to be shipped to FFL in your home state.

        1. My find told me you cant buy a gun from a store if youve gotten charged woth anything withon the past year, is this true?

          1. No as long as the charges are not domestic violence or felonies your good

        2. Join the discussion.. Im confused how can you own a handgun at 18 when you cant buy one and register it to yourself until you are 21.

        3. You can be 18 and open carry a handgun yes! You have to be 21 to conceal carry a handgun with proper permit also you can’t buy a handgun at 18! But nothing in the statue says you can’t be 18 and carry a handgun openly

        1. Credit union yes I assume and long as it isnt a federal institution your good … Hence look up the laws they are very lax in VA trust me

      34. Does VA have requirements as to the size, shape, color, etc. of signs when a business wishes to post?

      35. I have a concealed weapon permit. Can I carry weapon in my car with it being in plain sight on in a compartment?

        1. You can openly display a handgun in your vehicle as long as it is visible and can’t be misconstrued as something else. Eg. in the passenger seat or on the dash, cannot be partially covered unless you have your concealed permit with you or fully concealed.

      36. I have a concealed carry permit issued in Florida. Can I bring my weapon with me when I relocate to the Arlington, VA area? Or, do I need to get new registration (whatever required documentation) to legally possess it in the state?

        1. You can bring it and carry it concealed. We have reciprocity agreements with Florida. I think you will have to get a VA permit since you are going to be a resident. It isn’t hard though. 50 dollars and a form. Welcome to VA – Northern Virginia is very, very liberal – just a warning.

      37. I’m having trouble finding information regarding cap and ball or black powder weapons.

      38. I thought I read somewhere no semi auto pistols can be carried in Norfolk. Is that right?! That would only leave wheel guns in the city. Perhaps misread. Can someone clarify. I’m moving to VA shortly and want to make sure I understand.

        1. That is not true at all. There are no restrictions on the type of handgun you can carry in Virginia. I live in Richmond and have done a lot of work in Norfolk. The laws regarding firearms and concealed carry are uniform throughout the state.

      39. How about a legend telling what the 87 different colors on the map mean??? Is that unreasonable???

      40. I am trying to locate any ordinances about shooting a handgun in Chesterfield County Virginia.

      41. Can a simple possession of marijuana charge stop me from purchasing guns and if not how long will it take before I will be able to purchase a firearm again please I need

        1. If you were charged with a misdemeanor possession. You can still purchase a firearm

      42. So I just realized that my Va concealed expires this year and just realized that expiration date is 2 days away. It’s going to be 2 days before I can mail off the renewal form. What happens when your concealed expires before the renewal is processed? Is there a grace period? What’s the deal? I can’t seem to find any info on Va concealed license expirations.

        1. You just open carry, you can conceal to and from the range without a permit. Va allows anyone to carry in a vehicle without a permit, holster , container that doesn’t have to be locked or on ones self. Renewals go quick, carry on. Be safe

      43. So here is what I don’t see. Virginia does not consider airguns “guns” as they don’t shoot with explosives. So what is the rules on conceal carry with a airgun? “Pellet gun” it is legally in VA not a firearm…so would one not need a conceal carry license?

        1. I asked an attorney this once and his response was, it’s best to treat an airgun, bb gun, pellet gun etc as an actual gun because if a police officer sees it laying in your seat or anywhere else, they will treat it as an actual gun until it is verified that it’s not because some look so much like one and they must take their precautions.

        2. No you can not conceal any airgun, pellet gun without a license they consider it the same thing as if you had the real deal like if you get caught with fake stuff or fake money they charge you as if it was real

      44. I’m from Michigan and still hold my MI CCW and DL. How do I go about purchasing an AR-15 from a friend who is a VA Resident? And would being Military change that at all?

        1. Are you stationed within the state of va? Then your a resident. Have both parties do a bill of sale and it’s legal within the state.

        1. It says that you can open carry except where is not permitted so I would say yes.

      45. Would a Nexus Trusted Traveller card issued by Customs and Border Security (under Homeland Security) be accepted as valid photo ID for my New Hampshire CCW to be recognized in Virginia, or does it have to be photo ID from a state, The Department of State, or Defense?

      46. I have a few domestic assaults on my record from years ago I am not a felon can I still purchase a firearm?

      47. I have a virginia non-resident cc license and tried to purchase a firearm in Durham sporting store in north carolina. They told me they never seen a license like this before. So I went to north carolina sheriff office and he told me that’s fake and it’s a SCAM.

        1. Va non resident permit is issued by Va state police. Is your permit not from the state police?

      48. With a VA Concealed Handgun Permit, are you able to carry more than one handgun at a time with them both concealed?

      49. In VA & carrying in a restaurant, no drinking is allowed…. but if you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, drinking is allowed.

        1. PLAIDSUIT. Wrong!!! You may carry in a bar but you cannot consume alcoholic beverages. Under Virginia Code Section 18.2-308.012, you cannot conceal carry a handgun on the premises of a restaurant or bar that is controlled by the Virginia ABC Board and consume an alcoholic beverage. This statute also makes it illegal for any person licensed to conceal and carry a handgun to be under the influence and carry that handgun in a public place. I work as a bartender at the local VFW and I conceal carry but don’t drink. We have a sign in front that bars firearms on premises but it cannot be enforced. We can only ask the party to leave and if they don’t, they can be arrested for trespassing only. PLAIDSUIT, I would ask in the future when giving info that you refer to the code that you are quoting. You could get people in trouble with bad information.

      50. If I open carry does the full weapon/holster need to be visible, like when wearing a jacket or coat?

        1. Yes – Virginia has reciprocity agreements with Texas, as well as with all but a few other states.

          1. Wrong!!! Virginia honors all other states CCW’s as well as all US territories. Commonwealth Code § 18.2-308.014.

        2. You mean honor.. if you’re having issues spelling you shouldn’t come to va an own a gun

        1. Yes, although you open yourself up to a full blown ATF background check. No problems if you pass normal background

        2. I bought two at Cabela’s in December 2018 and the background check only took about 30 to 45 minutes.

        1. No you do not. You have to fill out the background paperwork at any shop but no permit is required for purchases. A CCW is required for concealed carry and is obtained through the courts.

      51. C’mon, it’s Fees NOT Fee’s. restaurants NOT restaurant’s. Nouns DO NOT use an ‘ — that’s reserved for missing letters, and Possessive Case.

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          Yes, you need to go to the PA page to look at the correct map. All blue states will honor a PA permit. However, PA will not honor a VA permit if you look at the map on the VA page.

      52. I am a Oklahoma resident and am on business in Virginia. Am I able to purchase a rifle (Ar15) while in Virginia?

      53. Can I carry a concealed handgun in Western State Hospital and on the grounds as long as I’m not in the patient areas?

      54. My CHP has expired and I’m in the process of reapplying. When I receive the new CHP, may I legally OPEN CARRY a pistol with a silencer attached? I am not asking this with intentions of discussing the pros and/or cons of such, I just wish to know if I can legally do it. Thank you in advance, David

        1. You don’t need a permit to open-carry, just for concealed-carry. If you want an attached suppressor (or even one you NEVER attach), you may do so after registering it – similar to registering a fully-automatic firearm. It’s completely separate from the CCP process.

      55. I saw somewhere that as long as school is not active and even and as long as you are not attending an official school event like a sporting event you can still carry concealed.a lot of our sports clubs use our schools ,which are not sanctioned by the schools I have even seen open carry at these events what is the deal. I reside in Gloucester Virginia

      56. Please help! I am confused. I got my concealed weapons license in South Carolina and it is active, not expired. I recently (1 year ago) moved to Virginia. Reciprocity for South Carolina is accepted in Virginia yet when I look up Virginia on this site it shows in yellow and states “residential permits only.” I have been afraid to conceal carry because I am not sure if I can or can’t. Could you please clear this up for me? I do not want to get in trouble with the law : )

        Thank you for your time.

        1. Yellow means that a SC ‘non resident’ permit is not honored in VA. If you have an SC ‘resident’ permit you are good.

      57. Can I get a ccw permit if I live in Virginia but have an out of state license?

      58. So I have a question. Can or am I legally allowed to trade for or buy a handgun from a person privately with a bill of sale and open carry it if I am 19 years old.

      59. I like this site but I am finding conflicting info on the map. Two other sources list SC and FL as having reciprocity with VA. Unfortunately bad intel can get people shot. And it makes me question all other info on the site. Again, great site, with good and helpful detail, I’m just not sure what to trust.

        1. Author

          I checked the info out and the map is correct. You may be a bit confused as SC and FL are in different colors. That is because SC and FL will only accept RESIDENTIAL permits from VA, so you must live in VA. VA also issues permits to Non-residents of the state and these are the permits SC and FL will not honor. So there is only limited reciprocity between VA and the other two states. Hopefully the other websites made you aware of that.

          1. I live in Florida have a concealed permit can I lock my handgun not loaded in my vehicle safe locked in Virginia passing through?

      60. So if I don’t have a concealed permit, but have it in a compartment in my car (loaded). Do I have to tell the officer if i am pulled over that i have a firearm in my vehicle? Remember… No permit!

      61. I have a question that I’ve not seen an answer to. With a CCW Permit in Va is the pistol to be unloaded or are you allowed to carry it loaded? I’ve not seen this information. Can someone please answer? I just got my permit and want to follow the laws. Can I carry loaded or must I carry unloaded? Thank you. This is the most information I’ve found in one place. Thank you to all who have given time to give us this value of information.

        1. The firearm is allowed to be loaded and carried except in places stated by state laws.

        2. I carry loaded I am in Virginia also I will not carry without one in chamber again a friend of mine is a policeman and he says to do so because the lawyers and others are trying to push for a premeditated charge if you rack a round and have to shoot someone.

      62. I have noticed an issue on your page one
        There is nothing in Virginia gun statutes that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
        And then you state
        18.2-308 (H) ….The person issued the permit shall have such permit on his person at all times during which he is carrying a concealed handgun and shall display the permit and a photo-identification issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth or by the United States Department of Defense or United States State Department (passport) upon demand by a law-enforcement officer.
        So which one is correct?

        1. Author

          You only have to display the permit if asked to do so. You do not need to inform any officer that you are carrying a handgun. Both are correct, they both say you need to carry ID. The issue is whether you need to tell police you are carrying a firearm and that is NO.

          1. Wayne and T.J., that is correct. However, (as I often tell others), I’ve been pulled over before (both by local police and the VA state police for minor traffic infractions; one tail-light out and an rear-license plate bulb/both of which I didn’t know about). Both times, I followed Common-Sense and provided the officers with added levels of respect; both hands on the wheel/no quick movements and informed them I have a valid VA CC permit and politely stated: “What do you need me to do to make you feel safe for you to do your job?” The smiles on both of their faces in each incident was unbelievable; as to say, this guy gets it (remember, they don’t know who you are and if they are dealing with a crazy person; with a permit or not)! Both said to me, we know you’ve got a permit after running your plates, and its nice to hear that so its one less thing we need to worry about. Both gave me warnings and to get the lights fixed and both thanked me profusely for me going the extra mile. In today’s climate of anti-police attitudes, it goes along way with them. One thing I’ve learned throughout life is there are things you can do (not informing a VA police officer that you’re carrying concealed) and then there are things you should do (kindly informing them). This mentality has served me well and I betcha it would to many others when pulled over my law enforcement in any capacity.

      63. I will be traveling through Virgina soon. I live in KY and we can open carry without a permit. Do I need a permit to open carry in Virginia?

      64. What if you are military? Is there a course military individuals are supposed to take?

        1. As long as you has a copy of your PCS orders assigning you to a military installation in Virginia, you the service member can purchase a handgun providing your background check is approved.
          As far as handgun safety, you are covered due to either current or previous military service.
          But check with local authorities for concealed carry permit as to where you are considered resident or non resident.

        2. No , if you’re military then no class is required. If you have your CAC or dd214 that’s all you need

          1. Correction to the above statements. CAC card does not meet documentation requirements. Copies of your orders and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, will be enough along with the processing fee for a CCW license.

        1. As a VA resident, that’s troubling. However, (as I currently do and received), if you are in PA a lot or have family there, find a local county and apply for a PA CHP. Ironically, the PA CHP application is one of the shortest I’ve seen and a lot less intrusive as VA’s(filled out and picked up my permit locally at that county office about 30 days later on a trip up to see family; NOTE, they won’t mail it to you, you have to pick it up once approved). I did this due to the idiot VA Atty General a few years back who “reviewed” CHP agreements with varying states (essentially an anal-retentive back-door move from the village idiot to both punish both VA and out-of-state valid CC holders that VA honored; and PA was one that VA took off the list until the VA legislature fixed this/VA now honors every permit from any state, etc.). This is and will be the anti-gunners platform moving forward. Wasn’t it a county in PA that suggested to both teachers and students to “throw” rocks at a crazy person with a gun in a school? Don’t worry to the great residents of the Keystone state, we’ve got our crazy idiot politicians down this way too!

      65. I noticed today while planning for a vacation that you list the CHP fee for Virginia as $50. That was lowered a while back (right after my wife and I renewed–bummer). In Prince William it is now only $15 for five years

        1. Author

          Thanks for the info. Fees vary between counties, the maximum is $50. I have added a note under fees that they will vary.

      66. I have one question I didn’t find the answer for here. Is it legal to carry 2 handguns at once in the state of VA? ex. One on the right hip, one in a shoulder holster under the left arm.

        1. Yeah you can go full GI Joe if you want, unless concealed. You need a permit for that. . I’m not aware of anything stating limits on the amount of guns you can have on your person.

        2. Also, just keep in mind that if any part of your clothing covers any part of your open carry firearm, it is then considered concealed and requires a permit. And, Yes, a very stupid law.

      67. Was just doing some of my own research and stumbled upon a information I thought I would share, apparently as of 5-16-18 (just a few days ago) PA no longer is accepting VA ccw, sounds like VA still honers PA permit though (I’m a PA resident)

      68. I live in NC but drive to and work in VA I have applied for the non resident permit . But in the mean time i dont understand if i can carry my handgun in my truck open on the seat or does it have to be in a compartment. In NC that is against the law with out a cc permit. Thanks

        1. In VA you can place your firearm wherever you like. It can be in the open or conceal.

          1. In certain places but countys like pwc n more u need a permit to conceal

        2. How long did it take u to get your s because I been waiting and need some explaining

      69. Great website. As these laws are always changed or updated, is there a way to sign up to an alert or notification when a change potentially affects me and other CCW holders from Virginia? The burden to knowing the gun laws in our state or wherever we are headed to is our responsibility. Short of searching the web daily or regularly, i believe this would be a great way to keep all of us int his group well and timely informed. Thank you.

      70. For the Virginia Non-resident permit, the check list shows a photograph meeting requires specifications is needed. What are the specifications? do not see the specs anywhere.

        1. Passport Photo. Went through the process of NON resident while in Maryland.

      71. If you are Prior Military with an Honorable Discharge ( I believe 3 years)active service. You do not have to have the weapon safety course.

      72. This is what I don’t understand, as a military spouse, non resident, I can apply for a non resident concealed permit, but unless I change my drivers license, i can’t purchase a firearm. The only way for me to have one is if my military spouse purchase as a gift for me.

        1. It’s for the childrens’ safety’s sake that we don’t let you buy a gun here, but you can buy a gun from your state and bring it here, or your spouse can buy you a gun, but you can’t here.

      73. I have a CWP Florida permit. Since VA is a reciprocity state and allows open carry without a permit, is it safe to say that while in VA I can open carry my sidearm, but just have my CWP handy “just in case”?

        1. Author

          Can you please say what you are referring to on this page? There are 50 states but our counter (if that’s what you mean) says 53 as it includes districts and territories, we simply do not have enough room for text to separate the states and territories so was a web design decision. Will look into modifying that.

      74. What is the process if you already possess a concealed carry permit? I have my permit issued in NY state and have been finger printed and vetted by the NYS Police and the F.B.I. Do I still need to go through the same process as though I was a first time applicant?

        1. Author

          VA does not honor NY CCW permits so yes you will need to go through a new application process.

        1. Author

          What info do you require on AR15? We mainly are a handgun site but will try to include info on long guns in the future.

          1. I am a Oklahoma resident and am on business in Virginia. Am I able to purchase a rifle (Ar15) while in Virginia?

      75. Virginia Code Section 18.2-308 has not required fingerprints for permits since 2012.

        Also, your picture of sample permit is nothing like a VA CHP.

          1. Im a virginia resident. I have purchased guns from the store and private sale in Virginia. I also have a Virginia concealed carry permit. My finger prints have never been taken for anything.

            1. Fingerprints are taken only when applying for a class 3 stamp in Virginia. I just went through it when I applied for my purchase of a silencer.

          2. I know Virginia Beach does not require any finger prints for a CCW.

          3. They are not required for purchasing a handgun or AR 15 platform rifle. I have bought for in the past year. Fingerprints are not required

        1. Sir, you are incorrect.. This code does not address private sales. ”
          18.2-308.7. Possession or transportation of certain firearms by persons under the age of 18; penalty.

          It shall be unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport a handgun or assault firearm anywhere in the Commonwealth.”

      76. As a Virginia resident, it was my understanding that it was legal to carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in my vehicle. Can you tell me if that is true, and, if the CCW reciprocity laws apply to that also…or only to handguns?

          1. Local ordinances can only cover the transportation of a loaded long gun in a vehicle on a public road.
            Handguns are hands off for localities.

      77. Your website is well designed and one of the most thorough I have seen on the subject matter. I would like to point out an inconsistency. Your Virginia resident map depicts Georgia as honoring my resident permit. However, neither your list of honoring states nor your list of non-honoring states list Georgia. I believe that Georgia does honor my Virginia resident permit (as of 2016) but I wanted to make sure. One of these is incorrect. Which is it? Thanks and keep up the good work!

        1. Author

          Thanks for pointing that out. Our mistake, we simply did not realize it had been left out. Georgia certainly does honor a resident and non-resident Virginia CCW permit. Regarding design we have been playing around trying to get a good balance between desktop and mobile. About 60% of our users access the website through a phone. Some of the pages for other states still need to be updated design wise. I think we are going to go with the design on the Utah page which works well on a phone, still needs a bit of tweaking.

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