Concealed Weapon Information

Obtaining a Hand Gun Permit


Any person twenty-one years of age or older may apply in writing to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in which he or she resides, or if he or she is a member of the United States Armed Forces, the county or city in which he or she is domiciled, for a five-year permit to carry a concealed handgun.  Application fee of $50 applies. Applications are available online (PDF) or at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Applicants should provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for use in forwarding the permit, if granted.

First Time Applicant Requirements


First-time applicants are required to provide proof of competency with a handgun. Individuals who hold a permit from another state and who wish to obtain a permit from this Court must provide proof of competency with a handgun as well. There are many ways to satisfy this requirement. For more information visit competence with a handgun.

The Virginia State Police will give you instructions on what to bring and how much it costs. The website will also give you all of the laws regarding concealed weapons, it will tell you where you can and cannot carry the weapon and what you can possibly do if you are denied the permit.