CONCEALED WEAPON LAW -
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.
APPLICATION PROCESSING FEES
Replacement Card for Concealed
Weapons Permit................$ 5.00
New Card issued for Address
Fees are payable by cashier's
check, certified check, or money order, payable to:
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
DOCUMENTS and FILING
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
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.
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.
of Residence - An applicant must provide his/her current address on the
original or certified copy of one of the following:
Valid South Carolina
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
that SLED may determine that fulfills this requirement
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.
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
of Exemption - Must provide documentation that certifies that the applicant
is a disabled veteran or retired law enforcement officer.
Weapon permit is valid statewide.
holder must have his permit identification card in his possession whenever
he carries a concealable weapon.
holder must report the loss or theft of a permit identification card to
SLED headquarters IMMEDIATELY.
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.
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.
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.
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
4. Have satisfactorily completed a SLED approved
Firearms Safety Training Program (8 hours).
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
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
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
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.