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

Permit Information

Washington DC gun laws now operate on a "Shall Issue" policy after a ruling by the US Court of Appeals, the decision is FINAL! Permits will be issued to residents and non-residents but it may take some time for these changes to be implemented. All firearms are required to be registered with the police. Applicants must be 21 or older, take an online gun safety course, and meet other criteria. Applications are processed by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

Washington DC does not honor any other states permits.


Washington DC is a “may issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.
All handguns must be registered in Washington DC before you can purchase a handgun.

  • Is at least 21 years of age;
  • Meets all of the requirements for a person registering a firearm.
  • Possesses a registered pistol.
  • Does not currently suffer nor has suffered in the previous five (5) years from any mental illness or condition that creates a substantial risk that he or she is a danger to himself or herself or others provided that if the person no longer suffers such mental illness or condition, and that person has provided satisfactory documentation required under § 2337.3, then the Chief may determine that this requirement has been met.
  • Has completed a firearms training course, or combination of courses.
  • Has a bona fide residence or place of business;
    1. Within the District of Columbia.
    2. Within the United States and a license to carry a pistol concealed upon his or her person issued by the lawful authorities of any State or subdivision of the United States; or
    3. Within the United States and meets all registration and licensing requirements.
  • Has demonstrated to the Chief good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property or has any other proper reason for carrying a pistol and
  • Is a suitable person to be so licensed.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course
  2. Download the application and instructions from under the FORMS tab.
  3. The instructions are quite lengthy but you must read them.
  4. Bring all the items noted in the instructions to the Firearms Registration Section at ;
  5. Room 3058,
    300 Indiana Avenue, NW,
    Washington, DC 20001.

  6. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you submit your application to the Firearms Registration Section, you will be photographed and fingerprinted (if your fingerprints are not already on file with the Metropolitan Police Department).
  7. You will be notified within 60 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.
New Permit/License: $75

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Cashier’s check, Certified check, or Money order payable to the D.C. Treasurer.
No personal checks or cash are accepted.

Additional fees – If your fingerprints are not on file, you will be required to pay an additional $35.
$13 Firearm registration
$400 Training certificate

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Where You Can Carry

  • Within the registrant’s home.
  • While it is being used for lawful recreational purposes.
  • While it is kept at the registrant’s place of business.
  • While it is being transported for a lawful purpose.
  • The carrying of a concealed pistol on private property that is not a residence shall be presumed to be permitted unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage prohibiting the carrying of a concealed pistol.

Where You Cannot Carry

  • A person issued a concealed carry license by the Chief, while carrying the pistol, shall not carry more ammunition than is required to fully load the pistol twice, and in no event shall that amount be greater than twenty (20) rounds of ammunition.
  • A person issued a concealed carry license by the Chief may not carry any restricted pistol bullet as that term is defined in the Act.
  • A licensee shall not carry a pistol while he or she is consuming alcohol.
  • A licensee shall not carry a pistol while impaired.
  • A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia, its agencies, or instrumentalities.
  • The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot, of an childcare facility, preschool, public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private college or university.
  • A hospital, or an office where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided.
  • A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house.
  • A polling place while voting is occurring.
  • A public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system and its stations.
  • Any premises, or portion thereof, where alcohol is served, or sold and consumed on the premises.
  • A stadium or arena.
  • A gathering or special event open to the public.
  • The public memorials on the National Mall and along the Tidal Basin, and any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law or by a federal agency or entity, including U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds.
  • The White House Complex and its grounds up to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks touching the roadways of the area bounded by Constitution Avenue, N.W., 15th Street, N.W., H Street, N.W., and 17th Street, N.W.
  • The U.S. Naval Observatory and its fence line, including the area from the perimeter of its fence up to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks touching the roadway of Observatory Circle, from Calvert Street, N.W., to Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., and around Observatory Circle to the far corner of Observatory Lane.
  • When a dignitary or high-ranking official of the United States or a state, local, or foreign government is moving under the protection of the MPD, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, or other law enforcement agency assisting or working in concert with MPD, within an area designated by the Chief, the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service, or the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, or a designee of any of the foregoing, that does not include any point at a distance greater than 1,000 feet from the moving dignitary or high-ranking official.
  • When demonstration in a public place is occurring, within an area designated by the Chief or his or her designee, or other law enforcement agency, that does not include any point at a distance greater than 1,000 feet from the demonstration.
  • Any prohibited location or circumstance that the Chief determines by rule.
  • The carrying of a concealed pistol on private residential property shall be presumed to be prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the property owner or person in residential property.
  • The carrying of a concealed pistol in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place where people regularly assemble for religious worship shall be presumed to be prohibited unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage allowing the carrying of a concealed pistol.
  • A licensee shall not carry a pistol openly or otherwise in a manner that is not concealed.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Washington DC Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Washington DC Metropolitan Police
60 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.
YES – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
Washington DC gun laws state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a handgun when approached on official business. You are also required to carry the permit/license, together with the registration certificate for the handgun being carried, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

Washington DC 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.

NO – Without a Permit/License
You cannot carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle in the District of Columbia. Transportation of firearms in a vehicle is permitted in the District if the person is not prohibited from transporting, shipping or receiving a firearm, and is transporting a firearm for a lawful purpose to and from a place where gun possession is a lawful activity.
1 The gun must be unloaded, and neither the gun nor any ammunition may be accessible from the passenger compartment.
2 If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm and ammunition must be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console, and the firearm must be unloaded.

NO – Without a Permit/License
Open carrying a handgun is illegal in Washington DC even with a permit. If you have a concealed carry permit then that is how a firearm must be carried, concealed.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
The law states you cannot carry in places that sell alcohol. Exemptions are given to restaurants that have a class C/R or D/R license. The law requires anyone carrying a firearm to not consume or be under the influence of 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 permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Get in Touch

Metropolitan Police Department
Firearms Registration Section


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3058

CityWashington , DC 20001

Phone (202) 727-4275


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