How to Get Your Virginia Concealed Weapons Permit

Virginia CCW
Issue Type:Shall Issue
Duration:5 Years
Processing Time:60 days
Resident Initial Cost:$100
Resident Renewal Cost:$100
Non-Resident Initial Cost:$100
Non-Resident Renewal Cost:$100

Virginia Concealed Weapon Permit

Virginia has one of the concealed carry permits that we like to call a “Bonus CCW.”  If you’re a resident of Virginia, it is your only option to carry a concealed handgun legally in Virginia.  Also, your Virginia CCW will allow you to carry legally in 36 other states!

UPDATE: As of January 1, 2021, it is no longer an option to get the Virginia non-resident ccw online.

However, if you’re a resident of another state and you get your Non-Resident Virginia CCW, then you’ll not only be able to legally carry a concealed handgun in Virginia, you’ll also be able to carry concealed in at least 32 other states too!  The Non-Resident Virginia concealed carry permit acts like a “bonus” to your home state’s CCW!

This one concealed weapons permit will let you legally carry in over half the country!

If you’re looking for more information on this, check out Why You Should Get Your Virginia CCW.

There are 3 simple step steps getting your Virginia CCW:

1. Confirm Virginia CCW Eligibility

Before applying for any CCW permit, you need to be able to lawfully possess a firearm.

Federal Law: 

There are certain classes of people who are not allowed to posses firearms or ammunition – these people are in a category called “prohibited persons.”

According to RocketFFL, a  “prohibited person” is anyone who:

  • is a felon
  • has been convicted of any crime punishable by more than a year in prison (whether or not they were ever sentenced to or served a day in prison)
  • is under indictment for any crime punishable by more than a year in prison
  • is a fugitive
  • is an unlawful user of any controlled substance
  • has been adjudicated as a mental defective
  • has been committed to a mental institution
  • is an illegal alien
  • has a dishonorable discharge from the military
  • has renounced their U.S. citizenship
  • is the subject of a restraining order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the child of an intimate partner, or
  • who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence

There’s a few nuances that you might need to be aware of if you think that any of these apply to you – especially the “convicted of any crime punishable by more than a year,” “unlawful user of a controlled substance,” and “restraining order” provisions. If you’d like to learn more about these prohibited person categories, see Prohibited Persons / Firearm Possession.

Virginia Law:

The Commonwealth of Virginia has some additional restrictions above and beyond federal law.

If any of the following apply to you, then they won’t issue you a Virginia concealed weapons license:

  1. Conviction of two or more misdemeanors within the five-year period immediately preceding the application, if one of the misdemeanors was a Class 1 misdemeanor, but the judge shall have the discretion to deny a permit for two or more misdemeanors that are not Class 1. Traffic infractions or reckless driving shall not be considered for purposes of this disqualification.
  2. Declared insane, mentally incompetent, or treated in a mental institution within the past 5 years
  3. Convicted of a DUI or for public drunkenness within the past 3 years
  4. Convicted of assault or of brandishing a firearm within the past 3 years
  5. Convicted of stalking

If you’ve made it this far and none of the above apply to you, congratulations…. you can get your Virginia CCW!

2. Complete an Approved Training Course

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the you complete approved training conducted by certified instructors and that you include proof of the CCW training along with your application for your Virginia CCW.

Before Jan 1, 2021, a non-resident applicant could satisfy the training requirements online. However, this is no longer the case.

You can complete your training requirements in one of the following ways:

The applicant shall demonstrate competence with a handgun in person by one of the following:

  • Completing a hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or a similar agency of another state;
  • Completing any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course;
  • Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law-enforcement agency, junior college, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Department of Criminal Justice Services or a similar agency of another state;
  • Completing any law-enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
  • Presenting evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition approved by the Department of State Police or current military service or proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services;
  • Obtaining or previously having held a license to carry a firearm in this Commonwealth or a locality thereof, unless such license has been revoked for cause;
  • Completing any in-person firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or National Rifle Association-certified firearms instructor;
  • Completing any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualifying to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties; or
  • Completing any other firearms training that the Virginia Department of State Police deems adequate.

3. Apply for Your Virginia CCW

Upon successful completion of your training requirements, you’re ready to fill out your CCW application.

In order to obtain your Virginia Non-Resident Concealed Weapon Permit, you’ll need to mail the following in to the Virginia State Police:

  • Non-Resident Application
  • Certificate from Your Training Course
  • Fingerprint Card
  • Photograph
  • Proof of ID
  • Application Fee

Virginia Non-Resident CCW Wait Time

After you apply for your permit, you will need to wait for you application to processed and your permit issued.

The normal wait time from a Virginia Non-Resident CCW is between 3-6 months.

The few month range in wait times is due to various factors including:

  • How many permits Virginia is currently processing
  • Any unique situations with your application or background check