The 2004 Virginia General Assembly amended § 18.2-308, Code of Virginia, to authorize nonresidents of Virginia to apply for a concealed handgun permit. Nonresidents of the Commonwealth 21 years of age or older may apply in writing to the Virginia State Police for a five-year permit to carry a concealed handgun.
The application shall be made under oath before a notary or other person qualified to take oaths on a form provided by the Virginia State Police, requiring only that information necessary to determine eligibility for the permit. If the permittee is later found by the Virginia State Police to be disqualified, the permit shall be revoked and the person shall return the permit after being so notified by the Department of State Police.
How to Apply:
Request an Application Package by contacting the Virginia State Police Firearms Transaction Center in writing at the below address or on-line at email@example.com. All written requests must include the applicants complete name and mailing address. A telephone number is also requested. Send written requests to:
Firearms Transaction Center
Nonresident CHP Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141
The Application Package will include a Concealed Handgun Permit Application, requirement and qualification information, a fingerprint card, a brochure on Virginia Firearms Safety and Laws, and a return envelope for the completed application.
Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit Application
Documentation of Competence with a Handgun
Documentation of Competence with a Handgun
Proof of Identification
Application Check List
1. Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit Application
The form (SP-248 Application for Concealed Handgun Permit) may be downloaded and/or printed from this web site by visiting the Virginia State Police Forms page.
The application shall be made under oath before a notary or other person qualified to take oaths.
The application must be completed in its entirety. Illegible applications will not be processed..
2.Documentation of Competence with a Handgun
The applicant shall demonstrate competence with a handgun 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 alocality thereof, unless such license has been revoked for cause.
Completing any firearms training or safety course or class, including an electronic, video, or on-line course, 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.
Completing any other firearms training that the Virginia Department of State Police deems adequate.
A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any such course or class, an affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization, or group that conducted or taught such course or class attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant, or a copy of any document which shows completion of the course or class or evidences participation in firearms competition shall satisfy the requirement for demonstration of competence with a handgun.
3.Fingerprint Based Criminal History Record Information Check
The Application Package will contain a Virginia State Police Fingerprint Card.
The applicant shall submit fingerprints on the card provided by the Virginia State Police for the purpose of obtaining the applicant's state or national criminal history record.
The Virginia State Police, Firearms Transaction Center, will submit the prints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information regarding the applicant and obtaining fingerprint identification information from federal records pursuant to criminal investigations by state and local law-enforcement agencies.
Upon submission of the fingerprint impressions, the applicant will be required to provide a telephone number of the law enforcement individual taking the prints to facilitate this DepartmentâÂ€™s validation of print authenticity.
Incomplete cards will be returned to the applicant for completion.
Illegible impressions will cause the cards to be returned to the applicant for re-printing purposes.
Every applicant for a nonresident concealed handgun permit must submit two photographs for inclusion on the permit.
Your photographs must be:
2 x 2 inches in width and height
Taken within the past 6 months.
Color or black and white.
Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background with the head centered in the frame. The applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side. Side or angled views are not accepted.
Background must be plain white or off-white. Photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
Taken in normal street attire. Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily. Do not wear a hat or headgear. If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture.Â Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required. A photograph depicting a person wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not acceptable.
Digitally reproduced photographs must be reproduced without discernible pixels or dot patterns.
Photocopied photographs are NOT accepted.
Photographs will not be returned in instances of denied applications..
5.Proof of Identification
The applicant must provide a legible photocopy of a valid photo-ID issued by a governmental agency..
All completed application packages must include a money order or cashiers check in the amount of $100.00, made payable to the Virginia State Police. Receipt of the application without payment will cause the unprocessed application package to be returned to the applicant.
The application fee is non-refundable regardless of the final determination of eligibility.
7.Application Check List
Completed, signed, and notarized application.
Money order or cashiers check in the amount of $100.00 made payable to the Virginia State Police.
Two photographs meeting required specifications.
Completed fingerprint card signed by the applicant and the law enforcement individual taking the prints, and including the telephone number of the law enforcement individual taking the prints to facilitate validation of authenticity.
Proof of training meeting required specifications.
Photocopy of a valid photo-ID issued by a governmental agency.
Place return address on the envelope.
Apply appropriate postage.