Concealed Handgun Permits

  1. Obtain a Permit
  2. Replacement Permit
  3. Competency Requirements

Obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit

Application

Applications are available on the Virginia State Police’s website.

Requirements

  • Applicants must apply in the City or County of their residence (i.e., only Chesterfield residents may apply through the Chesterfield Circuit Court).
  • Applications may be submitted by mail or in person (between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays)
  • Be sure to include a copy of your government-issued photo ID issued by
    • a governmental agency of the Commonwealth
    • U.S Department of Defense or
    • U.S State Department (passport)
  • The Court requires proof of residency so if the photo ID presented does not list a Chesterfield address, other proof should be submitted (e.g., deed, lease, voter registration card, etc.).
  • First-time applicants are required to provide proof of competency with a handgun.  Online classes are not acceptable with applications received after January 1, 2021 as the law requires in-person attendance.
    • 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.

Process

  • Applicants should provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for use in forwarding the permit.
  • Processing can take up to 45 days.
  • The Clerk’s Office will mail the permit (or notice of denial) to the applicant.
  • Concealed handgun permits are valid for five years from the date of issuance.

Fees

The processing fee is $30

Payments

Payment types accepted

For questions relating to the enforcement of the law governing concealed handgun permits, please contact the Virginia State Police at 804-674-2676.

Renewing an Active Permit

Application

Applications are available in the Clerk’s Office and are also available on the Virginia State Police’s website.  The application for renewal is the same as for first-time applicants.

Requirements

  • Applicants who are renewing a concealed handgun permit must apply in the City or County of their residence regardless of where in Virginia the original permit was issued.
  • Applicants must include a copy of their existing permit.
  • Renewal applications must include photocopy of the applicant’s valid photo identification issued by
    • a governmental agency of the Commonwealth
    • U.S Department of Defense or
    • U.S State Department (passport)
  • The Court requires proof of residency so if the photo ID presented does not list a Chesterfield address, other proof should be submitted (e.g., deed, lease, voter registration card, etc.).
  • Renewal applications may be submitted in person (between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays) or by mail to

    Chesterfield Circuit Court
    P.O. Box 125
    Chesterfield, VA 23832

Process

  • Renewal applications should be submitted no sooner than 180 days prior to the expiration date of the current permit.
  • For faster processing, applicants are encouraged to provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope for use in forwarding the permit.
  • Within 45 days, the Clerk’s Office will mail the permit (or notice of denial) to the applicant in the self-addressed, stamped envelope provided by the applicant. 

Fees

The processing fee is $30

Renewing an Expired Permit

  • The above procedures for renewal can still be followed.
  • Applicants are not required to produce proof of competency with a handgun again.  

Payments

Payment types accepted

For questions relating to the enforcement of the law governing concealed handgun permits, please contact the Virginia State Police at 804-674-2676.