Concealed Weapons Permit

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Q.      How do I apply for a permit in WV?

A.      At the office of the Sheriff in your county of residence.  Complete an application and show original certificate of training.  NRA Personal Protection Class or similar training.  Show them your driver’s license or issued ID card.


Q.    How much will I pay for my license? 

A.    A total of $105.00.  You pay $80.00 to the Sheriff at the time you apply.  If and when your application is approved, you pay an additional $25.00 prior to issuance of the license. These fees are not refundable. CCW fee is payable by check or cash (exact change), no credit cards accepted.


Q.    How long after I apply will I get my license?

A.    After you file your application, the Sheriff, or his/her designee, will conduct an investigation to verify that the information you have given on your application is true and correct.  Falsification of any portion of the application constitutes false swearing and is punishable as a misdemeanor offense.  The sheriff shall issue or deny the license within 30 days of the date you filed the application if all background checks are completed, and no later than 45 days.  You will be contacted by phone.

Q.    For how long is the license valid?

A.    Five years from the date of issuance, unless sooner revoked.  Licenses are valid throughout the state during the 5-year period of issuance.

Places where citizens cannot carry weapons (even with a license):

Federal Buildings, Post Offices, Military Compounds, Federal Courthouses and any other court of law (including county courthouses and the State Capitol building), school property, including school buses, State Police offices, and in any private residence or business so posted.  Any private property where a sign is posted saying no Firearms Allowed. (The signs do not have to be of any set size or design.)

Car/Gun law summary: The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that you cannot carry a LOADED HUNTING GUN in a vehicle.  This would include any handgun with a Scope on it or a real long barreled handgun usually used in hunting.

Carrying without a CCW permit: WV law allows persons lawfully allowed to possess and carry an unconcealed handgun.  If you choose to carry an unconcealed handgun in your vehicle and you are stopped for a traffic violation, the handgun will attract the attention of the police officer.

The following states honor WV Concealed Weapons permits:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri,
Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Utah, Vermont, Virginia

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      It is the responsibility of every person who decides to own, carry or use a firearm to know and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. If you have any questions about your risks and liabilities involved in owning, using or carrying a firearm consult with an attorney licensed in your area.  The Sheriff's Office cannot give you legal advice.  Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or authorization.