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Wisconsin Concealed Pistol License Reciprocity Map

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

Wiscinsin CCW Reciprocity State Info

Wisconsin Reciprocity, WI Honors these permits:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

  • Virginia – Wisconsin will not honor the Virginia Resident Permit/License only their Non Resident Permit/License.
  • Missouri – Only licenses issued/renewed on or after 8/28/13 are honored in Wisconsin.
  • Ohio – Only Permits Issued/renewed on or after March 23, 2015 are honored in Wisconsin.
  • Massachusetts – Only Honors the Class A Massachusetts Permit.
  • South Dakota – Wisconsin Only Honors the Enhanced and Gold Licenses.

Wisconsin Concealed Weapons Permits are honored in These States:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, 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.

Wisconsin Conceal Carry Permits not Honored in these states:

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Washington.

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia

WIconsin Conceal Carry Permit Information

WIsconsin CCW Application Fee

Application Conditions Original Renewal
Individual $40 $22

Accepted forms of payment
Check, Money order – payable to “Wisconsin Department of Justice.” Name and address must be imprinted on the checks (no “counter or starter checks”).

Residents & Non Residents

Non-resident licenses are only issued to military personnel if they are stationed in Wisconsin.

The Law
175.60(1)(dm) and 175.60(14)(c)

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Valid for How Long

Wisconsin concealed carry license is valid for 5 years

Shall Issue State

Wisconsin Issue Policy

Shall Issue

Is Wisconsin an Open Carry State?

Open carry is legal in Wisconsin. You do not need a Wisconsin Concealed Weapons License to open carry. Local authorities cannot have laws or ordinances against open carry since the state preempts all firearms laws in the state. The minimum age to open carry in Wisconsin is 18.

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

21 Days
They have 21 days from when they receive your application to process it. The 21 days also applies to renewals.

Wis. Stat. § 175.60(9)(b).

Wisconsin Concealed license Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Applicant can provide adequate proof of training
  • Applicant is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm
  • Applicant is a Wisconsin resident as indicated by a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card or is active military stationed in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony in Wisconsin
  • You have not been convicted of a crime elsewhere that would be a felony if convicted in Wisconsin.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • You have not been committed to treatment and ordered not to possess a firearm.
  • You have not found not guilty or not responsible for a crime elsewhere that would be a felony in this state by reason of insanity or mental illness, disease or defect.
  • You have not been adjudicated delinquent for an act committed on or after April 21, 1994, that if committed by an adult in this state would be a felony.
  • Federal Law Requirements

Can I carry a gun in my car in Wisconsin?


The Wisconsin Supreme Court on 4/10/18 ruled that a person must have a permit that is valid in Wisconsin to carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle. If you do not have a permit you can still carry a handgun in a vehicle if it is visible.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on 4/10/18 ruled that a person must have a permit that is valid in Wisconsin to carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle. If you do not have a permit you can still carry a handgun in a vehicle if it is visible. That means above the window line and not concealed in any manner.

The Law

Where to Apply for Wisconsin Conceal License and steps to take


Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. Decide if you are going to file your application online or by mail.
  3. For mail applications download the application under the FORMS tab.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • The completed application form (pages 2- 4) containing: Three (3) required original signatures, no photo copies
    • Current Wisconsin residential mailing address
    • Current and valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card number
    • Acceptable proof of training
    • Payment of $40 fee
  5. Mail the application to;
    Wisconsin Department of Justice
    Attn: Firearms Unit
    PO Box 7130
    Madison, WI, 53707-7130
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Applications can also be filed online.

Wisconsin Conceal Carry Laws

  • Notify officer of Carry


    Nothing in Wisconsin gun laws say that you need to disclose to a police officer that you are carrying a concealed weapon. However, if the officer requests documentation then the law says you must show him your license and photo ID.

    "A licensee shall have with him or her, during all times he or she is carrying a concealed weapon, his or her license document, photographic identification card, and, if the licensee is a military resident, his or her military license."

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


    You can generally bring a firearm into a bar if you have a valid concealed-carrypermit, but only if you are not consuming alcohol. Under Wisconsin law, you can't take a weapon into a bar — or anywhere else, for that matter — if you are under the influence of alcohol.Jan 28, 2014

  • Not allowed to carry in these areas

    (a) Except as provided in par. (b), neither a licensee nor an out−of−state licensee may knowingly carry a concealed weapon, a weapon that is not concealed, or a firearm that is not a weapon in any of the following places:

    1. Any portion of a building that is a police station, sheriff’s office, state patrol station, or the office of a division of criminal investigation special agent of the department.
    2. Any portion of a building that is a prison, jail, house of correction, or secured correctional facility.
    3. The facility established under s. 46.055. (Secure mental health facility for sexually violent Persons)
    4. The center established under s. 46.056. (Wisconsin Resource Center)
    5. Any secured unit or secured portion of a mental health institute under s. 51.05, including a facility designated as the Maximum Security Facility at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
    6. Any portion of a building that is a county, state, or federal courthouse.
    7. Any portion of a building that is a municipal courtroom if court is in session.
    8. A place beyond a security checkpoint in an airport.

    (b) The prohibitions under par. (a) do not apply to any of the following:

    1. A weapon in a vehicle driven or parked in a parking facility located in a building that is used as, or any portion of which is used as, a location under par. (a).
    2. A weapon in a courthouse or courtroom if a judge who is a licensee is carrying the weapon or if another licensee or out−of−state licensee, whom a judge has permitted in writing to carry a weapon, is carrying the weapon.
    3. A weapon in a courthouse or courtroom if a district attorney, or an assistant district attorney, who is a licensee is carrying the weapon.

    (17) Penalties. (a) Any person who violates sub. (2g) (b) or (c) may be required to forfeit not more than $25, except that the person shall be exempted from the forfeiture if the person presents, within 48 hours, his or her license document or out−of−state license and photographic identification to the law enforcement agency that employs the requesting law enforcement officer.

    • (ac) Except as provided in sub. (11) (b) 2., any person who violates sub. (11) (b) 1. may be required to forfeit $50.
    • (ag) Any person who violates sub. (2m) (e), (12), or (12g) may be fined not more than $500 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days or both.

    (a) Any individual who knowingly possesses a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is in or on the grounds of a school is guilty of a Class I felony. Any individual who knowingly possesses a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school is subject to a Class B forfeiture.

    (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to the possession of a firearm by any of the following:

    1r. Except if the person is in or on the grounds of a school, a licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (d), or an out-of-state licensee, as defined in s. 175.60 (1) (g).

    3. A person possessing a gun that is not loaded and is any of the following:

    • a. Encased.
    • b. In a locked firearms rack that is on a motor vehicle.


  • Constitutional carry


  • Carry in Restaurant


    In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

    "Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. In Wisconsin any person can legally carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, even if there is a bar in the restaurant.

    If you enter an establishment that makes more than 51% of its income from selling alcohol such as a bar or tavern you are required to have a CCL license. However, if you have a CCL then you are not permitted to drink in these establishments.

  • Carry in State Parks


    You are permitted to carry in the following areas;

    • State Parks:       YES - DNR FAQs for firearms and 29.089
    • State/National Forests:     YES - DNR FAQs for firearms
    • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YES - DNR FAQs for firearms and 29.091
    • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
  • Premises that have Signs that state no firearms allowed:


    Wisconsin 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. To be legally enforceable the signs must be 5"x 7" and clearly state the type of gun and carry that is prohibited.

Wisconsin Conceal Carry Application Forms

Wisconsin Department of Justice


Monday – Friday9am – 5pm




Address17 W. Main St.

CityMadison, WI 53703

Phone(608) 266-1221

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