In order to apply you may:
Be sure to include all required documentation or your application may be returned or delayed.
Further information can be found on the “How to Apply” section of our web page.
Information regarding application fees can be found on our website at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#fees.
Please note that we do NOT accept cash or personal checks.
Application fees are non-refundable.
For more information on fees please visit http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#fees.
Processing times are determined by certain factors that vary with each application. In an effort to allow the most efficient processing of your application, please follow the tips on the “How to Apply” section of our web page.
If you submitted an application online, you may check the status by clicking the “Search Application” tab at https://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov/.
You may also contact the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit via email at LSP.ConcealedHandgun@la.gov, or phone at 225-925-4867.
Per LRS 40:1379.3 H (2), permits are valid for a period of five (5) years.
Residents that obtain a lifetime permit shall provide proof of completion of educational training every five (5) years per LRS 40:1379.3 V (4). However, a lifetime permit will be suspended if the permittee becomes a resident of another state.
Permit holders will be notified in writing at their address of record (keep this updated at all times) approximately 120 days prior to the expiration of the permit.
If you have access to the internet; upon notification, download the application from the State Police website (https://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov/) complete the renewal application, and submit your training certificate and the appropriate fees.
If you do not have access to the internet; please contact the Concealed Handgun Unit and request an application via telephone (225) 925-4867, go to your local library to use the computer or send your request for a packet to: Louisiana State Police, Concealed Handgun Permit Unit, P.O.Box 66375, Baton Rouge, LA 70896.
The fees for renewal applications are the same as an original, minus the additional $50.00 fee from those persons that have not resided in the state for the past fifteen (15) years, providing this fee was previously submitted with the original application.
You must submit your application within 60 days of the expiration date or you will be required to submit a new original application.
Note: RENEWAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED BY EVERYONE
Yes, you must return an expired permit. According to LAC 55:I:1309.F, permits are the property of the department and shall be surrendered and returned upon suspension, revocation or expiration, or when the permittee ceases to reside in the state.
Mailing information can be found at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#contact.
No. According to LAC 55:I:1309.F, when a permittee ceases to reside within Louisiana the permit becomes invalid and must be returned to the Department of Public Safety. If you return to Louisiana, you must reapply for a permit.
However, LRS 40:1379.3 J (4) states that a person who maintains a dwelling in Louisiana, but is residing elsewhere as a member of the United States military or as a student, is still considered to be a resident of Louisiana.
According LRS 40:1379.3 C (3), you may apply for a concealed handgun permit once you have established residency in Louisiana.
Per LAC 55:I:1307.B.4, in the event an applicant's Louisiana driver's license or ID card has been issued within six months of application, proof of residency shall be established by US passport, Louisiana voter registration card, or any other documentation which may adequately satisfy proof of compliance with the qualifications for residency.
According to LRS 40:1379.3 C (3), a person must be a resident of Louisiana in order to obtain a concealed handgun permit.
Yes. According to LAC 55:I:1307.4.a, applicants who do not claim Louisiana as their domiciliary state and are on US military duty in this state shall submit a copy of their orders detailing them on permanent status to a duty station within this state. In addition, those applicants must possess either a valid Louisiana driver's license or identification card.
Immediately notify the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit via email at LSP.ConcealedHandgun@la.gov. A new permit will be mailed to your address of record.
You may change your address online by clicking the “Change of Address Request” tab at https://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov/. You may also contact the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit via email at LSP.ConcealedHandgun@la.gov.
According to LRS 40:1379.3 C (1)(a), you should notify the department of any address or name change within thirty days. Failure to do so may result in suspension of your permit for up to thirty days.
Under most circumstances, carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle is legal in Louisiana.
However, we suggest that you refer to Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:95, 14:95.1, 14:95.2, 14:95.6, 14:95.7, 14:95.8, and 14:95.10 regarding certain prohibitions. (These statutes can also be found in the "Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Laws and Administrative Rules" booklet at http://lsp.org/pdf/chRuleBook.pdf.)
Per LRS 40:1781 (3), Louisiana law does not require registration of a concealable weapon unless the serial number is obliterated.
Please refer to the “Reciprocity” section of our web page (http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#recip) for a list of states that honor Louisiana permits, and whose permits are honored in Louisiana.
Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a concealed handgun in another state they are bound by that state's laws governing concealed carry, and permittees from other reciprocal states are bound by Louisiana concealed carry laws while in Louisiana.
More information on these laws can be found in section “T” of LRS 40:1379.3.
According to LRS 40:1379.3 D (1)(d), an applicant shall demonstrate competence with a handgun via possession of a current valid license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a parish law enforcement officer.
However, according to LAC 55:I:1307.D.4, anyone applying for a renewal must seek additional educational training. A list of approved instructors can be found on our web page at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#instructors.
According to LAC 55:I:1307.D.4, each permittee applying for a permit renewal must complete additional educational training within one year prior to submitting a renewal application, and submit proof of training with the application.
A list of approved instructors can be found on our web page at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#instructors.
For first time applicants who are on active duty or serving in National Guard or Armed Forces reserve, and are in possession of certification of completion of basic training with service record evidence of having successfully completed small arms training and qualification, additional training is not required. (LRS 40:1379.3 D. (ii))
Per LAC 55:I:1307.D.4, permittees seeking renewals are required to take additional educational training. A list of approved instructors can be found on our web page at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#instructors.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor, you must submit a completed instructor application, a detailed course syllabus, and certified true copies of your instructor certifications to the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit.
More information can be found on our web page at http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#instructors, or by contacting the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit via email at LSP.ConcealedHandgun@la.gov, or phone at 225-925-4867.
Yes. All arrests, summons, and citations (except speeding citations) must be listed on your application.
Per LAC 55:I:1301.F, if the applicant has an arrest record they shall present with the application a certified copy from the clerk of court or district attorney of the parish or county in which the arrests were made which specifies the disposition on all charges.
Records may be obtained from the Clerk of Court or District Attorney of the parish/county in which the arrest or prosecution occurred. If you were charged with a violation of a municipal ordinance, the disposition may be obtained from the City Clerk of Court or City Prosecutor.
Many older records or convictions may not be on file. However, you must at least obtain a letter from the Clerk of Court or District Attorney stating that the record was either not found, dismissed, or nolle prosse and submit with your application.
Clerk of Court information can be found at https://www.laclerksofcourt.org/clerks-of-court.
Yes. Per LAC 55:I:1301.F, if the applicant has an arrest record they shall present with the application a certified copy from the clerk of court or district attorney of the parish or county in which the arrests were made which specifies the disposition on all charges. If you have been given an expungement for an arrest or conviction, you must still list this information and supply the necessary documentation.
Yes. LAC 55:I:1307.7 & 8 specifies that a no contest or nolo contendere plea of guilty, shall include a dismissal and conviction set aside under the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 893. As such, a no contest or nolo contendere plea of not guilty applies when considering the qualifications for a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit and should be listed.
Per LRS 40:1379.3.N, no concealed handgun may be carried into any place of worship unless authorized by the person who has authority over the place of worship.
18 USC 922 (g) is a section of the U.S. Code that outlines certain unlawful acts that would prohibit a person from owning or possessing a firearm.
More information can be found in the "Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Laws and Administrative Rules" booklet at http://www.lsp.org/pdf/chRuleBook.pdf.