TENNESSEE GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide
Tennessee Handgun Permit
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Application
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Renewals
- Tennessee CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- 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
Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;
- Complete your firearm training course if required.
- Complete an online application.
- Visit a Driver License Station
- You will need the following documents;
- Proof of US citizenship or residency
- Photo ID – driver license, state ID card
- Training course certificate
- 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
Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
P.O. Box 23710
Nashville, TN 37202
8 Year Permit: $100
Military 8 Year Permit: $68
Lifetime Permit: $300
Military Lifetime Permit: $268
Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime Permit: $100
8 Year Permit: $50
Military 8 Year Permit: $50
Lifetime Permit: $200
Military Lifetime Permit: $200
Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime Permit: $100
Upgrade to Lifetime: $200
Upgrade to Lifetime Military: $200
Retired Law Enforcement Upgrade to a Lifetime: $100
Acceptable forms of payment
Cash, Money order, Certified check
CCW Reciprocity Map
CCW permit recognition
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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
- 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
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Details on Tennessee Gun Laws
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
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.
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.
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.
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” 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
Get in Touch
Driver Services Center
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Address 624 Hart Lane
CityNashville, TN 37216
Phone (615) 532-9780