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How To Apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit

December 29, 2015

 

 

Due to the large volume of applications, processing time has been increased to 120 business days for original first-time applications and 90 days for renewal applications.  Notaries with Mandeville Notary can assist with the 3 forms that require a notary's signature.

 

Original/First-Time Applicants:

 

In order to apply for a concealed handgun permit, a citizen should follow the steps below:

 

1.  Apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit by one of the following ways:

  • Complete and submit the new online Concealed Handgun Permit Application at http://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov.

  • Download a Concealed Handgun Permit Application and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application.

  • Obtain an application at the State Police Headquarters (7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

2.  Provide all necessary documentation pertaining to training, arrest dispositions, medical summary dispositions, and divorce decrees (if applicable). New fingerprints must be submitted for original/first time applicants. Old fingerprints on file will not be accepted.

 

3.  Contact your local police office, local sheriff's department, or State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge for fingerprinting. Fingerprinting at State Police Headquarters requires a $10.00 money order or can be paid using a debit/credit card. Prints must be submitted on an FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card. The card should be completed as outlined in the application instructions. Example

 

4.  Paper applications, fingerprint cards, and/or other documentation must be submitted to:

 

     Louisiana State Police

     Concealed Handgun Permit Unit

     PO Box 66375

     Baton Rouge, LA 70896

 

Renewals:

 

1. Permit holders will be notified in writing at their address of record, approximately 120 days prior to the expiration of their permit to begin the renewal process.

 

2. Upon notification, apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit by one of the following ways:

  • Complete and submit the new online Concealed Handgun Permit Application at http://chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov.

  • Download a Concealed Handgun Permit Application and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application.

  • Obtain an application at the State Police Headquarters (7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

3.  Submit the renewal application with a new training certificate, a photocopy of your driver's license, and the appropriate fees. NOTE: Passport photos are no longer needed to process your applications. Submission of a fingerprint card is not needed for renewal applications.

 

4.  The completed application should be returned to the Department no less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the permit to allow sufficient time for processing.

 

5.  You must submit your application within 60 days after the expiration date or you will be required to submit a new original application including fingerprints.

 

6.  Paper applications and/or other documentation must be submitted to:

    

     Louisiana State Police

     Concealed Handgun Permit Unit

     PO Box 66375

     Baton Rouge, LA 70896

     ATTENTION: RENEWAL DEPT.

 

Fees

 

Five Year Permit (Original and Renewals):

Ages 21 - 64: $125

65 or Older: $62.50

Lifetime Permit:

Ages 21 - 64: $500

65 or Older $250

 

NOTE:

 

1.  If you have not continuously resided within the State of Louisiana for the 15 years immediately preceding the date on which your application is received, an additional $50 non-refundable fee shall be submitted. This is only for first-time applicants and is not required for any subsequent renewals.

 

2.  If you apply online, you will receive an email once your application has been accepted. This email will contain a link to pay for the permit by credit card. If you do not remit payment within thirty (30) days of receiving the payment link, your application will be purged from the system and will require a new submission to proceed.

 

Training

 

Original/First-Time Applicants:

 

In addition to meeting the qualifications in R.S. 40:1379.3(C), an applicant must demonstrate competence with a handgun by completion of an approved firearms safety or training course taught by an NRA or P.O.S.T. certified instructor that is registered with State Police, or completion of small arms training while serving in the military (as evidenced by a DD-214), [active service members, reservist and national guard members must include a clear photocopy of their military ID (front & back) with a copy of their last qualification record from their 201 file], or possession of a current valid license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a parish law enforcement officer.

Lifetime permit holders are required to complete refresher training every five years as required by LRS 40:1379.3.(V)(4).

 

Renewals:

 

Pursuant to LAC 55:I:1307.D, each permittee applying for a renewal of his permit shall complete additional educational training within one year prior to submitting a renewal application. To obtain renewal training, please contact one of the LSP registered instructors

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