Concealed Handgun Permits

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

Obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit


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


  • 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
    • at a drop-box available at the Courts Building between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding holidays, or
    • in-person
  • 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.


  • 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.


The processing fee is $30


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.