Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Virginia concealed carry laws?

There's a good overview on the Virginia State Police website. You can read the law itself here: Code of Virginia, Title 18.2, Chapter 7, Article 6.1

Who may take the class?

Anyone may take the class including those who reside in other states and foreign nationals. However, you must meet certain state requirements to receive your permit. The requirements are that you must be at least 21, a permanent U.S. resident and pass a background check.

How do I get my Virginia permit?

In Virginia, you apply with your local circuit court. The application form is available here: Virginia Application for Concealed Handgun Permit

How much does the permit cost?

The fee varies, but can be no more than $50 by law.

Can I fail the class?

The only way to fail the class is to intentionally violate one of the gun safety rules. Safety is the primary concept taught in the class and must be followed at all times.

What should I bring to the class?

Your driver's license or state-issued ID, $89 (payable with cash, check, or credit card), a pen and paper to take notes, and a good attitude are all you need.

What if I don’t have a handgun?

You do not need a firearm to take the class. Your instructor will cover how to select a handgun that's right for you in class.

Can I take the class if I’ve never fired a gun?

Absolutely. The class covers shooting fundamentals and the operation of a handgun. You will leave the class knowing the basics of shooting.

What states is my permit valid in?

See the map on the Classes page. Click any state on this reciprocity map to see the states where that permit is honored.

How long is my permit valid?

Virginia permits are valid for 5 years.

How do I renew my permit?

Renewals can be submitted by mail to your local circuit court. Your new permit will take effect on the expiration date of your existing permit as long as your renewal application is received between 90 and 180 days prior to expiration.

When I get my permit, should I carry a handgun?

Carrying a loaded gun is not meant to bring some excitement into your life. When you carry a concealed handgun, you take on an extra burden and a significant responsibility to yourself, your family and your community. You carry the means to protect life and deal out death. You will be held to a higher standard of conduct.

If you cannot accept this responsibility, adapt your lifestyle, and make a significant commitment to training, you should not carry a handgun. You will be a risk to yourself and those around you.

When should I use a gun to defend myself?

If you ever shoot someone no matter how justified, your life as you know it is over. Don't ever do it unless it is the absolute last resort to save your life or the life of someone you care about.