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Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits

Nonresidents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 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 Virginia State Police.


Request Virginia Nonresident Concealed Handgun Application Package

You may request an Application Package by contacting the Virginia State Police Firearms Transaction Center in writing at the below address or by e-mailing VSP at nonrespermit@vsp.virginia.gov. All written requests must include the applicant’s complete name and mailing address. A telephone number is also requested. Send written requests to:  

Firearms Transaction Center
Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

The Application Package will provide requirement and qualification information, a Virginia State Police fingerprint card, a return envelope for the completed application, and a checklist to ensure that all necessary information is provided.   

In lieu of requesting an application package by mail, you may create and submit all the necessary information and documentation pursuant to the following instructions.  In this instance, please be sure to review the CHECKLIST to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information provided, and to prevent a delay in the processing procedures.

Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit Application
Documentation of Competence with a Handgun
Fingerprint Based Criminal History Record Information Check
Photograph Requirements
Proof of Identification
Application Fee
Exceptions to the Permit Requirement
Persons Not Qualified to Obtain a Permit
Carry and Notification Requirements
Permit Renewal
Change of Address
Replacement Permits
Permit Revocation
Prohibited Conduct and Where Unlawful to Carry
Appeal Procedure
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Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permit Application 

The application shall be made under oath before a notary or other person qualified to take oaths.  There is no requirement as to the specific state of residence of the Notary Public.

The application must be completed in its entirety.  Illegible applications will not be processed.

Download/Print
Application for Concealed Handgun Permit
Form SP-248

Documentation of Competence with a Handgun

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

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.

Fingerprint Based Criminal History Record Information Check

The Application Package will contain a Virginia State Police Fingerprint Card, which shall be utilized for the purpose of obtaining the applicant's state or national criminal history record.  An additional fingerprint card will be forwarded upon request.

Otherwise, the applicant may request a law enforcement agency to obtain his or her fingerprint impressions on Applicant Fingerprint Card FD-258. 

The Virginia statute governing the issuance of Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits requires the fingerprint impressions be obtained by a law enforcement agency. Prints obtained by a private company acting as an agent of a law enforcement agency are acceptable.  Prints obtained electronically must be copied onto an Applicant Fingerprint Card FD-258; electronic submission is not available.

Upon submission of the fingerprint impressions, the applicant will be required to provide a telephone number of the individual taking the prints to facilitate this Department’s validation of print authenticity. 

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.

Incomplete cards will be returned to the applicant for completion. 

Photograph Requirements

Every applicant for a nonresident concealed handgun permit must submit two photographs for inclusion on the permit.

Your photographs must be:

Proof of Identification

The applicant must provide a legible photocopy of a valid photo-ID issued by a governmental agency.

Application Fee

All completed application packages must include a money order or cashier’s 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.

Exceptions to the Permit Requirement

A permit is not necessary in the following circumstances for lawfully qualified persons:

Persons Not Qualified to Obtain a Permit

Carry and Notification Requirements

The person to whom the permit is issued shall have such permit on his person at all times when he or she is carrying a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth and shall display the permit on demand by a law-enforcement officer.  The person shall also present, upon request, a valid photo-identification issued by a government agency or by the United States Department of Defense or United States State Department.

Permit Renewal

The renewal process is identical to the processes and costs associated with the original permit with the exception of proof of competence with a handgun.  New photos and fingerprint impressions will be required. It is suggested that all renewal application packages be submitted at least 60 days prior to expiration of the existing permit.

Request a packet for the renewal process by contacting the Virginia State Police Firearms Transaction Center in writing at the below address or on-line at nonrespermit@vsp.virginia.gov.  All written requests must include the applicant’s complete name, mailing address; telephone number and original Virginia nonresident permit file number.  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

Change of Address

Permit holders are requested to notify the Virginia State Police, Firearms Transaction Center (FTC) of changes of address. Notification may be made in writing to the FTC at P.O. Box 85141, Richmond, VA, 23285-5141 or on-line at nonrespermit@vsp.virginia.gov, and must include the permit file number or a photocopy of the permit.  A change of address card will be provided to the permit holder, to be retained with the original permit.

Replacement Permits

A replacement permit may be requested, in writing, addressed to the FTC at P.O. Box 85141, Richmond, VA, 23285-5141.  All requests for replacement must include a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $5.00 made payable to the Virginia State Police, and one of the following: 

 A replacement permit will have the same expiration date as the permit originally issued. 

Permit Revocation

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.

Prohibited Conduct and Where Unlawful to Carry

Section 18.2-308.012:

 Any person permitted to carry a concealed handgun who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while carrying such handgun in a public place is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Conviction of any of the following offenses shall be prima facie evidence, subject to rebuttal, that the person is "under the influence" for purposes of this section: manslaughter in violation of Section 18.2-36.1, maiming in violation of Section 18.2-51.4, driving while intoxicated in violation of Section 18.2-266, public intoxication in violation of Section 18.2-388, or driving while intoxicated in violation of Section 46.2-341.24.

No person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of any restaurant or club as defined in Section 4.1-100 for which a license to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has been granted by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board under Title 4.1 of the Code of Virginia; may consume an alcoholic beverage while on the premises. A person who carries a concealed handgun onto the premises of such a restaurant or club and consumes alcoholic beverages is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. However, nothing in this subsection shall apply to a federal, state, or local law-enforcement officer.

Section 18.2-308.01: Private property when prohibited by the owner of the property, or where posted as prohibited.

Section18.2-283: To a place of worship while a meeting for religious purposes is being held at such place, without good and sufficient reason.

Section18.2-283.1: Courthouse.

Section18.2-308.1: School property. Exemptions to this statute include a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.

Section18.2-287.01: Carrying weapon in air carrier airport terminal.

Appeal Procedure

If you are denied a nonresident concealed handgun permit and do not believe that you have a previous conviction or other disqualification that renders you ineligible, you may contact the Firearms Transaction Center to discuss the ineligible determination and/or to provide additional information deemed pertinent to the final determination of eligibility.

Any person denied a permit and not satisfied with the explanation provided by the Firearms Transaction Center may appeal such denial to the Superintendent of State Police provided that any such action is initiated within 30-days of the denial by the State Police.  Such appeal must be in writing, setting forth any grounds, which the applicant wishes to be considered. The Superintendent of State Police shall consider each such appeal, and will notify the applicant in writing of his decision within five (5) business days after the day on which the appeal is received.

Contact Us

Email:

nonrespermitquestions@vsp.virginia.gov


Mailing Address:


Firearms Transaction Center
Nonresident CHP Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

Superintendent’s Office
P.O. Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261-7472