VIRGINIA GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide
Virginia Handgun Permit
- Virginia CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
- Virginia CCW Handgun Permit Application
- Virginia CCW Handgun Permit Renewals
- Virginia CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- 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.
- Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a concealed carry permit;
- Complete your firearm training course.
- Download the application form or pickup from the Circuit Court or Sheriffs office.
- You will need the following documents;
- A photocopy of a certificate of completion of a firearms course.
- File application in person or by mail with the clerk of the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides in.
- You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.
- You will be notified by mail 90 days before the permit expires.
- You can submit a renewal application up to 180 days after the permits expiry date.
- Applications must include a photocopy of the applicants state issued photo ID.
- Applications for renewal can be filed by mail.
The standard new permit form can be used. Just select the renewal check box.
Out of state: $100
The court shall charge a fee of $10.00 for the processing of an application or issuing of a permit. Local law enforcement agencies may charge a fee not to exceed $35.00 to cover the cost of conducting an investigation pursuant to this Code section. The State Police may charge a fee not to exceed $5.00 to cover the cost associated with processing the application. The total amount of the charges may not exceed $50.00, and payment may be made by any method accepted by the court. Out of state permits have a fee of $100.
CCW Reciprocity Map
CCW permit recognition
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, 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, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, 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
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
- 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
- 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.
Details on Virginia Gun Laws
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
There is nothing in Virginia gun laws 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.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Virginia 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.
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.
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license is legal in Virginia and common. The minimum age for open carry is 18.
“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.
Get in Touch
VIRGINIA BEACH CIRCUIT COURT
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm
Address 2425 Nimmo Parkway
CityVirginia Beach, VA 23456-9017
Phone (757) 385-4181