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West Virginia Concealed Carry Permit Information

Article 7, Chapter 61 of the West Virginia Code generally governs the possession and carrying of deadly weapons in our state. Under W.Va. Code § 61-7-4, any resident of West Virginia who meets the non discretionary statutory qualifications shall be issued a license to carry concealed pistols or revolvers by the sheriff of his or her county of residence. The license is valid for 5 years. The license does not authorize the carrying of any concealed weapon other than pistols and revolvers--no knives, brass knuckles, etc.

The West Virginia State Police has made available online the current uniform application form that has been prescribed by the Superintendent of the State Police and which § 61-7-4 requires all sheriffs to use. A person intending to apply for a concealed handgun license will need to complete the application form, print it, go to a notary public (most sheriffs have a notary on staff) and sign the application in front of the notary and have the application notarized, and then file the application together with a copy of the applicant's driver's license, a copy of the applicant's proof of training, and the $75 application fee and $25 background check fee.


To be licensed to carry concealed pistols & revolvers in West Virginia, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a resident of this state and of the county in which the application is filed
  • Be at least 21 years of age or be at least 18 years of age and be employed in a job requiring the applicant to carry concealed handguns
  • Not be addicted to or an unlawful user of alcohol, controlled substances, or other drugs
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence involving the use of a deadly weapon
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
  • Not be currently subject to either a temporary or final domestic violence protective order
  • Not be on probation or any other form of judicial supervision for any misdemeanor
  • Not under indictment for any felony
  • Not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent by any court
  • Be physically and mentally competent to carry a concealed handgun; this provision is vague but has not led to known abuses
  • Have successfully completed one of several specified forms of training in handling and firing a handgun.


W.Va. Code § 61-7-4(d) requires an applicant for a concealed handgun license to take a course in handling and firing a handgun.

Acceptable forms of training for a West Virginia concealed handgun license include:

  1. Any official national rifle association handgun safety or training course;
  2. Any handgun safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by an official law-enforcement organization, community college, junior college, college or private or public institution or organization or handgun training school utilizing instructors duly certified by such institution;
  3. Any handgun training or safety course or class conducted by a handgun instructor certified as such by the state or by the national rifle association; [or]
  4. Any handgun training or safety course or class conducted by any branch of the United States military, reserve or national guard.
(Reciprocity Map by usacarry.com)