South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit Application Information

Provided by South Carolina Law Enforcement Division



CONCEALED WEAPON LAW - Section 23-31-205

Applicant shall read and understand South Carolina laws regarding concealed weapons.


Concealable weapon' means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from the public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property.





Concealed Weapon Permit......................................................$ 50.00


Replacement Card for Concealed Weapons Permit................$ 5.00


New Card issued for Address Change......................................$ 5.00


Fees are payable by cashier's check, certified check, or money order, payable to:
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division





 Submit the completed, original application form included in this packet. DO not send a photocopied application. Please keep a photo copy of the application for your files in the event follow-up is required regarding your application.  


Fingerprint cards must be filled out completely, including your name, signature, social security number, address, date of birth, and your physical characteristics (sex, race, height, etc.). Two (2) fingerprint cards are required on new applicants. One (1) fingerprint card is required for renewals.  


Fingerprint cards must be legible. Fingerprints should be taken by trained fingerprint technicians. Fingerprint cards that are not legible will be returned to the applicant and will cause a delay in processing the application.  


Proof of Residence - An applicant must provide his/her current address on the original or certified copy of one of the following:  


a.                      Valid South Carolina drivers license  

b.                      Official I.D. card issued by the Department of Public Safety, a federal or state law enforcement agency, an agency of the United States Department of Defense, or United States Department of State

c.                      Voters registration card

d.                     Another document that SLED may determine that fulfills this requirement  


Proof of Training - An applicant has to provide the original or certified copy of documents that certify that the applicant has successfully completed a basic or advanced 8 hour handgun course within three (3) years before filing an application. This course has to be approved by SLED.


Proof of Actual or Corrected Vision Rated at 20/40 within 6 months of the date of application or presentation of a valid South Carolina drivers license.  


Proof of Exemption - Must provide documentation that certifies that the applicant is a disabled veteran or retired law enforcement officer.  


Concealed Weapon permit is valid statewide.  


Permit holder must have his permit identification card in his possession whenever he carries a concealable weapon.  


Permit holder must report the loss or theft of a permit identification card to SLED headquarters IMMEDIATELY.  


Any change of permanent address must be communicated in writing to SLED within ten days (10) of the change accompanied by your old permit card and a payment of $5.00 for a new permit reflecting the address change.  




This application form is used to apply for a concealed weapons permit and renewal of a concealed permit.  



1.      Must be lawfully present in the United States and a resident* of South Carolina.  

a.                   *"Resident" means an individual who is a resident of South Carolina for at least twelve months preceeding the date on which an application to carry a weapon is submitted.  

b.                  .*Military personnel on permanent change of station orders.  

2.      Must be at least 21 years of age.

3.      Not prohibited under State Law from possessing a weapon.

4.      Have satisfactorily completed a SLED approved Firearms Safety Training Program (8 hours).



Authorized to carry in South Carolina:

1.      Regular, salaried law enforcement officers and reserve officer police officers of a municipality or county of the State, uncompensated Governor's constables, law enforcement officers of the federal government or other states when carrying out official duties while in this State and deputy enforcement officers of the Natural Resources Enforcement Division of the Department of Natural Resources, and retired commissioned law enforcement officers employed as private detective or private investigators.  

2.      Members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the National Guard, organized reserves or the State Militia while on duty.  

3.      Members of organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive firearms from the United States or this State, or regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting or collecting modern and antique firearms while these members are at or going to or from their places of target practice or their shows and exhibits.  

4.      Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing or going to or from their places of hunting or fishing.  

5.      Any person regularly engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, repossession, or dealing in firearms or the agent of representative of this person while possessing, using, or carrying a pistol in the usual or ordinary course of this business.  

6.      Guards engaged in protection of property of the United States or any agency thereof.  

7.      Any authorized military or civil organizations while parading or the members thereof when going to and from the places of meeting of their respective organizations.  

8.      Any person in his home, or upon his real property, or fixed place of business.  

9.      Any person in a vehicle where the pistol is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, or closed trunk.  

10.  Any person carrying a pistol unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his home or a fixed place of business or while in the process of changing or moving of one's residence or the changing or moving of his fixed place of business.  

11.  A prison guard while engaged in his official business.  

12. A person who is granted a permit under provision of law by the State Law Enforcement Division to carry a pistol about his person, under conditions set forth in the permit.