Washington DC Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map

Everything about Washington DC, Permits, and Conceal Carrying a Weapon Below.

Washington DC CCW Reciprocity State Info

Washington DC Reciprocity, WA DC Honors these permits:

Washington DC does not honor any other states CCW licenses.

Washington DC Concealed Weapons Permits are honored in These States

Resident
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, VirginiaNon-Resident
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia

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.

Washington DC Conceal Carry Permits not Honored in these states:

California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Washington DC Conceal Carry Permit Information

Washington DC Application Fees

Application Type Original Renewal
Standard License $75
Firearm Registration $13

NOTE
Additional fees – If your fingerprints are not on file, you will be required to pay an additional $35.
$275 to $340 for a training certificate with average cost around $300.

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card, Cashier’s check, Certified check, or Money order payable to the D.C. Treasurer.
No personal checks or cash are accepted.

Residents & Non Residents

NON-RESIDENT LICENSES

Washington DC does issue non-resident pistol licenses and the application is exactly the same as a residents application. If you have completed a firearms training course in another state this may exempt you from training in Washington DC, you will need to supply some form of proof to verify the training. Remember that any firearm you plan to carry in Washington DC will need o registered in DC

The Law
24-2345 – Non-resident licenses

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Valid for How Long

A concealed carry permit is good for 2 years in DC

Shall Issue State

Washington DC is shall issue

Is Washington DC an Open Carry ?

Can I open carry in Washington DC? 

NO

Open carrying a handgun is illegal in Washington DC even with a permit. If you have a concealed carry permit then a fire arm must be carried concealed.

How long does it take to get a concealed weapons permit in Washington DC?

90 Days
CCW license applications are required by law to be processed within 90 days. Licensees are reporting 50 to 120 days, but some of the longer times may have been due large initial applications after shall issue fully instituted in Oct 2017 Permits/Licenses

Washington DC Concealed Permit Requirements

To register a firearm in the District of Columbia a Statement of Eligibility form must be completed, this can be downloaded from our forms section on this page. The form verifies the following;

  1. You are 21 or older or 18-21 with a parents or guardians approval.
  2. You have not been convicted of any weapons offense or felony in any jurisdiction.
  3. You are not under indictment for a weapons or violence offense.
  4. You have not been convicted within the prior 5 years of assault, bodily harm or drugs offense.
  5. You have not been acquitted within the last 5 years of any charge by reason of insanity.
  6. You have not been admitted to any mental hospital within the last 5 years.
  7. You do not have any physical defect that would make it unsafe to use a firearm.
  8. You have not been found negligent in a in firearm incident that resulted in death or injury.
  9. You have not been found guilty of a misdemeanor family offense.
  10. You have not renounced your US citizenship.
  11. You are not legally blind.
  12. You have not been convicted within the last 5 years of 2 or more driving under the influence charges.
  13. You have not had a civil protection order placed on you within the last 5 years.
  14. You ave not had a conviction of stalking within the last 5 years.
  15. You have no history of violence with the last 5 years.
  16. You have completed a firearms training course provided by the Metropolitan Police.

Can I carry a gun in my car in Washington DC?

Without a CCW License
You cannot carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle in the District of Columbia. Transportation of firearms in a vehicle is permitted in the District if the person is not prohibited from transporting, shipping or receiving a firearm, and is transporting a firearm for a lawful purpose to and from a place where gun possession is a lawful activity.

  1. The gun must be unloaded, and neither the gun nor any ammunition may be accessible from the passenger compartment.
  2. If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm and ammunition must be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console, and the firearm must be unloaded.

With a CCW License
With a Pistol License you are permitted to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

The Law
22-4504.02 Firearm transportation

Where to Apply for Washington DC Conceal Carry Permit

Pistol licenses are issued by the Metropolitan Police.

Metropolitan Police Department
Firearms Registration Section

Hours


Monday – Friday9am – 5pm

SaturdayClosed

SundayClosed


Contact


Address300 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 3058

CityWashington, DC 20001

Phone(202) 727-4275

Washington DC Conceal Carry Laws

  • Notify officer of Carry

    Duties of licensees.

    (c) A licensee shall have on or about his or her person each time the pistol is carried in the District:

    1. The license; and
    2. The registration certificate for the pistol being carried, issued pursuant to this act.

    (d) If a law enforcement officer initiates an investigative stop of a licensee carrying a concealed pistol pursuant to section 6 of the Pistols and Other Dangerous Weapons Act, the licensee, and any other licensee carrying a concealed pistol pursuant to section 6 of the Pistols and Other Dangerous Weapons Act who is with the stopped licensee at the time of the investigative stop, shall:

    1. Disclose to the officer that he or she is carrying a concealed pistol;
    2. Present the license and registration certificate;
    3. Identify the location of the concealed pistol; and
    4. Comply with all lawful orders and directions from the officer, including allowing a pat down of his or her person and permitting the law enforcement officer to take possession of the pistol for so long as is necessary for the safety of the officer or the public.

    (e) The duties set forth in this section are in addition to any other requirements imposed by this act or applicable law.

    (f) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who violates this section shall be subject to revocation of his or her license.

  • In Washington DC, Can you Conceal Carry in bar? Conceal Carry In Liquor establishments?

    YES

    In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

    You are not permitted under DC law to carry in a place that serves alcohol. However, there are exemptions to places that have a class D/R or C/R license. This type of license is commonly issued to restaurants that sell food and beverages. So places like a restaurant in a hotel, Red lobster, and Fridays are all legal to carry in.

    You are not permitted to carry a firearm in DC if you are under the influence.

  • Not allowed to carry in these areas

     
     

    Places Off-Limits in Washington DC

    • A person issued a concealed carry license by the Chief, while carrying the pistol, shall not carry more ammunition than is required to fully load the pistol twice, and in no event shall that amount be greater than twenty (20) rounds of ammunition.
    • A person issued a concealed carry license by the Chief may not carry any restricted pistol bullet as that term is defined in the Act.
    • A licensee shall not carry a pistol while he or she is consuming alcohol.
    • A licensee shall not carry a pistol while impaired.
    • A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia, its agencies, or instrumentalities.
    • The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot, of an childcare facility, preschool, public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private college or university.
    • A hospital, or an office where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided.
    • A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house.
    • A polling place while voting is occurring.
    • A public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system and its stations.
    • Any premises, or portion thereof, where alcohol is served, or sold and consumed on the premises.
      • A stadium or arena.
      • A gathering or special event open to the public.
      • The public memorials on the National Mall and along the Tidal Basin, and any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law or by a federal agency or entity, including U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds.
      • The White House Complex and its grounds up to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks touching the roadways of the area bounded by Constitution Avenue, N.W., 15th Street, N.W., H Street, N.W., and 17th Street, N.W.
      • The U.S. Naval Observatory and its fence line, including the area from the perimeter of its fence up to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks touching the roadway of Observatory Circle, from Calvert Street, N.W., to Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., and around Observatory Circle to the far corner of Observatory Lane.
      • When a dignitary or high-ranking official of the United States or a state, local, or foreign government is moving under the protection of the MPD, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Capitol Police, or other law enforcement agency assisting or working in concert with MPD, within an area designated by the Chief, the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service, or the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, or a designee of any of the foregoing, that does not include any point at a distance greater than 1,000 feet from the moving dignitary or high-ranking official.
      • When demonstration in a public place is occurring, within an area designated by the Chief or his or her designee, or other law enforcement agency, that does not include any point at a distance greater than 1,000 feet from the demonstration.
      • Any prohibited location or circumstance that the Chief determines by rule.
      • The carrying of a concealed pistol on private residential property shall be presumed to be prohibited unless otherwise authorized by the property owner or person in residential property.
      • The carrying of a concealed pistol in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place where people regularly assemble for religious worship shall be presumed to be prohibited unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage allowing the carrying of a concealed pistol.
      • A licensee shall not carry a pistol openly or otherwise in a manner that is not concealed.
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 
       

  • Constitutional carry

    No

  • Carry in Restaurant

    Yes

  • Allowed to carry in

     

    • Within the registrant's home.
    • While it is being used for lawful recreational purposes.
    • While it is kept at the registrant's place of business.
    • While it is being transported for a lawful purpose.
    • The carrying of a concealed pistol on private property that is not a residence shall be presumed to be permitted unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage prohibiting the carrying of a concealed pistol.
  • Premises that have Rules that state no firearms allowed:

    YES

    Washington DC gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

Washington DC Conceal Carry Application Forms

Registration

Metropolitan Police Department
Firearms Registration Section

Hours


Monday – Friday9am – 5pm

SaturdayClosed

SundayClosed


Contact


Address300 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 3058

CityWashington, DC 20001

Phone(202) 727-4275

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