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West Virginia Concealed Carry Law

West Virginia Concealed Carry Law

Welcome to Online Carry Training, the most convenient way for West Virginians to get their concealed carry permit.

We offer an entirely online class that meets all the qualifications for the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, which is honored in West Virginia and many other states.

Concealed carry of a handgun is only allowed for those who have a valid concealed carry permit. West Virginia is considered a “shall issue” state which means that all who request a permit can be granted one assuming they meet the requirements.   To obtain a permit in the state of West Virginia a person must be over 21 years of age (18 years if required for employment), meet the safety training requirements and not have any disqualifying criminal convictions.  The application is then made to the sheriff in the county in which you reside.

While West Virginia does issue carry permit/licenses to residents, the state does not issue carry permit/licenses to non-residents.

Our online training course will allow you to apply for your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is honored in West Virginia for residents and non-residents, as well as honored in many other states.

We bring industry-leading instruction directly to your computer, tablet, or smart phone, whenever you’ve got 20 minutes.  Just watch the video, and then pass a short exam.  We’ll send you a certificate of completion, and you’ll be ready to apply for your permit!


Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside.  This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in the state you reside as a valid concealed carry permit.


How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.


How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:

To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit:

You can also go to and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.



To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.


Useful Links:

State CCW Site:

State CCW Pamphlet August 2013:

Attorney General FAQ’s:

CCW Application:

ST. Police FAQ’s:

State Statutes:

State Admin Rules:

State Reciprocity Info:

State Attorney General:

WV Firearms Laws: makes no representations or warranties regarding its customers’ legal right or ability to carry a firearm in states with reciprocal permit to carry or conceal and carry agreements with other jurisdictions. Though the state-specific certification our customers receive will allow them to apply for a permit under the laws of the state for which our classes are designed, such certification may not give you the legal right or ability to apply for permits in other states, including your home state. You should consult with appropriate law enforcement officials, or your own legal counsel, to determine whether or not the certification you receive from our courses will make you eligible apply for a permit in a particular state, or to otherwise carry a firearm in that state.