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Concealed Handgun Permits
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PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that applications for Concealed Handgun Permits be mailed to the Clerk’s office, as opposed to appearing in person due to the COVID-19 Emergency. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office concerning the application process.

Please be advised as of January 1, 2021, online courses are NOT accepted due to the legislative change.

The City of Winchester and Frederick County residents may make application for a concealed handgun permit at the Circuit Court Clerk's office.

The issuance of this permit does not permit a firearm to be carried in any otherwise prohibited places.

For more detailed information on laws concerning handguns, visit the Virginia State Police.

The following information is not intended to provide legal advice or restate the law. It is intended for informational purposes only.

To receive a permit to carry a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth of Virginia:

  1. Complete the application that can be found at the following url: Virginia State Police - Forms and Publications. Return completed application, list of residence addresses for the last 5 years and any other names you have ever used to the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court with an application fee. If you are applying through the mail, please include a copy of your State Issued ID. City of Winchester residents will need to submit $50.00, whereas, Frederick County residents must submit $40.00. Payment may be made by cash, personal check, certified check, money order or credit/debit card (VISA & Mastercard Only), and a receipt will be provided. Checks and money orders should be made out to "Clerk of Circuit Court."

  2. All applicants must present proof of competency to carry a firearm. Please refer to Virginia Code § 18.2-308(G) to determine the possible courses that are acceptable. Online courses are not accepted. Competency may be demonstrated by:

    • Completing an approved in person hunter education or hunter safety course

    • Completing an approved in person firearms safety or training course

    • Having participated in approved organized shooting competitions or military service

    • Having previously held a valid license to carry a handgun in Virginia

  3. Approved courses include those sanctioned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the National Rifle Association, law enforcement agencies, colleges, professional academies and any other courses approved by the court.

  4. The concealed weapons permit shall be issued within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the completed application unless it is determined that the applicant is disqualified.

  5. The duration of the permit is for a period of five (5) years.

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