Concealed Handgun Permits


Concealed handgun permits are regulated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and issued by the Circuit Court in each jurisdiction. Those authorized by the court must have a valid permit and photo ID in their possession while carrying a concealed handgun.

See Virginia State Code 18.2-308, for qualifications and restrictions.

Who can have a permit to carry a concealed handgun?
How do I get a permit?
Tell me more about the background check
Where do I get an application?


Who can have one?

  • Minimum age 21
  • Must get approval from the Circuit Court
  • United States citizen or a non-citizen with lawful alien status


How do I get one?

  • Submit an application
  • Pass a background check
  • Effective July 1, 2006, all Concealed Handgun Permits granted by the court will be mailed to the applicants.


Tell me more about the background check

  • Conducted by the Concealed Weapons Unit of the Fairfax County Police Department
  • Includes, but not limited to
    • Computer checks (VA DMV and National Crime Information Center and others)
    • Research archives (Court documents)
    • Investigative reports (Previous contact with police)
    • Correspondence to and from other jurisdictions (Previous contact with police)


Where do I get an application?

Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
Civil Intake Division
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

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