While the exact requirements for a permit to carry a firearm will vary from one state to the next, the basic steps in this process remain the same regardless of your location. Keep reading below to learn more about the three steps involved in this process.
Step #1: Complete Firearms Safety Course
It is very important that only responsible gun owners are granted a permit to carry. That is why all applicants are required to complete a firearms safety course before they are even able to apply for this permit. This course is typically offered by law enforcement departments and privately owned indoor gun ranges. You will need to provide your own firearm in order to participate in this course. There is also a fee which must be paid. In most cases, this course will last for only a single session but can last several hours so that all relevant information can be covered. In addition to discussing gun safety and local laws, you will also spend some time practicing with your weapon and learning how to deal with issues such as a gun jam.
Step #2: Get Fingerprints
You must have your fingerprints on file in order to qualify for a permit to carry. In most cases, you can have your fingerprints taken for a fee at your local police station or courthouse. You will need to present valid identification when you go in to have your fingerprints taken. While some locations will automatically upload your prints so that they can be viewed when considering your permit application, others will require you to mail in a physical fingerprint card when submitting your application. Be sure to clarify the requirements in your area when completing this step to avoid any delays in processing your application.
Step #3: Complete And Submit Your Written Application
Once you have your completion certificate for your safety course and your fingerprints in hand, you will be ready to complete your written application. This application covers basic information such as your date of birth, address, social security number, and criminal history. You will need to include the items gathered in steps 1 and 2 along with your application. Once the written application has been submitted to the state, you will be contacted if they require any additional information in order to approve your request. If no additional information is required, you will receive a decision on your application by mail.