Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map

Everything about Tennessee, Permits, and Conceal Carrying a Weapon Below.

Tennessee CCW Reciprocity State Info

Tennessee Reciprocity, TN Honors these permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

 

Tennessee Concealed Weapons Permits are honored in These States:

Resident License
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Non-Resident License
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

No Permit Needed States

The following states have permitless carry which allows anyone that can legally possess a firearm carry conceal:  Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia.  Some restrictions may apply.  Check each state for its own restrictions.

No Permit Carry Needed, With Restrictions

Idaho, North Dakota, and Wyoming Residents are allowed to Concealed Carry without a permit.

Tennessee Conceal Carry Permits not Honored in these states:

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington

Tennessee Conceal Carry Permit Information

Tennessee CCW Application Fee

Standard 8 year permit $100

 

Residents & Non Residents

Non-resident permits are available. To qualify for a non-resident permit the applicant must live in another state and work in Tennessee on a regular basis. The other requirements are that they have been employed for at least 6 months in Tennessee before applying and have been issued a concealed carry permit in their home state that is still in force. They also have to apply within a 6 month period after having worked in the state for 6 months.

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Valid for How Long

Tennessee's conceal carry permit is good for 8 years

Shall Issue State

The issuing of permits is on a “Shall Issue” policy with the Tennessee State Highway Patrol issuing the permits.

Is Tennessee an Open Carry State?

NO – WITHOUT A PERMIT

Without permit – No
With a Permit – Yes

You can only open carry a handgun if you have a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

How long does it take to get a concealed weapons permit in Tennessee

The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days.

Tennessee Concealed Permit Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms safety course within last 12 months
  • Resident of the state of Tennessee
  • You are a US citizen or have permanent residency
  • Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability
  • Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking
  • Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance and the applicant has not been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application.
  • The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.
  • Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution; has not had a court appoint a conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity; and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm because of mental illness.
  • Federal Law Requirements

Can I carry a gun in my car in Tennessee?

YES – WITHOUT A PERMIT

It is legal to carry a handgun openly or concealed in a vehicle that is privately owned. No permit is required and the firearm can be located anywhere in the vehicle but not on your person.

 

Where to Apply for Tennessee Conceal Carry Permit/License and steps to take

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. You can apply at any full service Driver Services Center.

Do these steps to get your permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Complete an online application or,
  3. Visit a Driver Services Center.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Proof of US citizenship or residency
    • Photo ID – driver license, state ID card
    • Training course certificate
  5. File an application at any Driver Services Center.
  6. When your application is processed at the Driver Service Center, you will be given instructions on being fingerprinted.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Tennessee Conceal Carry Laws

  • Notify officer of Carry

    NO – MUST INFORM OFFICER

    There is nothing in Tennessee gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer.

    The law does require that you carry your permit at all times that you carry

  • Can you Conceal Carry in bar? Conceal Carry In Liquor establishments?

    Tennessee's new Guns in Bars law allows those with a concealed weapons carry permit to carry inside bars and restaurants, as long as they aren't drinking.
     

  • Not allowed to carry in these areas

    Carrying Weapons on Public Parks, Playgrounds, Civic Centers and Other Public Recreational Buildings and Grounds.

    (a) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, with the intent to go armed, any weapon prohibited by § 39-17-1302(a), not used solely for instructional, display or sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in or on the grounds of any public park, playground, civic center or other building facility, area or property owned, used or operated by any municipal, county or state government, or instrumentality thereof, for recreational purposes.

    (b) (1) Subsection (a) shall not apply to the following persons:

    • (A) Persons employed in the army, air force, navy, coast guard or marine service of the United States or any member of the Tennessee national guard when in discharge of their official duties and acting under orders requiring them to carry arms or weapons;
    • (E) Any pupils who are members of the reserve officers training corps or pupils enrolled in a course of instruction or members of a club or team, and who are required to carry arms or weapons in the discharge of their official class or team duties;
    • (G) A registered security guard/officer, who meets the requirements of title 62, chapter 35, while in the performance of the officer’s duties;
    • (H) Persons possessing a handgun, who are authorized to carry the handgun pursuant to § 39-17- 1351, while within or on a public park, natural area, historic park, nature trail, campground, forest, greenway, waterway, or other similar public place that is owned or operated by the state, a county, a municipality, or instrumentality thereof;
    • (I) Persons possessing a handgun, who are authorized to carry the handgun pursuant to § 39-17-1351, while within or on property designated by the federal government as a national park, forest, preserve, historic park, military park, trail or recreation area, to the extent permitted by federal law

    (g) For the purposes of this section, a “greenway” means an open-space area following a natural or manmade linear feature designed to be used for recreation, transportation, conservation, and to link services and facilities. A greenway is a paved, gravel-covered, woodchip covered, or wood-covered path that connects one greenway entrance with another greenway entrance. In the event a greenway traverses a park that is owned or operated by a county, municipality or instrumentality thereof, the greenway shall be considered a portion of that park unless designated otherwise by the local legislative body. Except as provided in this part, the definition of a greenway in this section shall not be applicable to any other provision of law.

  • Constitutional carry

    No

  • Carry in Restaurant

    Yes

  • Carry in State Parks

    YES

    It is legal to carry in the following areas;

    • State Parks:       YES
    • State/National Forests:     YES – 39.17.1311 (H)
    • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES – 39.17.1311 (H)
    • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
  • Premises that have SIGNS that state no firearms allowed:

    YES

    Tennessee gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. So do what the sign says

Tennessee Conceal Carry Application Forms

Driver Services Center

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Contact


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Phone(615) 532-9780

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