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Applying for your D.C. Concealed Carry

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

Members of the public are required to visit the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Firearms Registration and Record Division in person in order to register your handgun and apply for your Concealed Carry Pistol License.

In order to to this in person, you are now required to set up an appointment online. Click HERE to set up your appointment.

Great thing about D.C. is that you DO NOT have to have your training complete in order to apply first. But if you chose to do the training first, we will provide you with all the training documentation and application needed so that you are adequately prepared to complete the application and registration process successfully. You can register for your One Stop Shop training, which comes with the training documentation, by clicking HERE.

Pursuant to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Wrenn v. District of Columbia and Grace v. District of Columbia, applicants for a license to carry a concealed handgun in the District of Columbia no longer need to provide a good reason for carrying a handgun. All other suitability and training requirements as described in the regulations and application must still be met.

Applying for your D.C. Concealed Carry
Applying for your D.C. Concealed Carry

What do I have to do to be "suitable"?

  1. Meets all the requirements for a person registering a firearm (Click HERE to see those requirements)

  2. Completed a firearms training course by an instructor certified by the Chief ( You may apply for an exemption based on previous training within the past 2 years)

  3. Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance, unless the habitual use of a controlled dangerous substance is under licensed medical direction.

  4. Has not exhibited propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render a person’s possession of a concealed pistol a danger to the person or another.

  5. Does not currently suffer nor has suffered in the previous five years from any mental disorder, illness, or condition that creates a substantial risk that he or she is a danger to himself or herself or others.

In order to to this in person, you are now required to set up an appointment online. Make an appointment HERE.

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