Skip to Main Content

Find COVID-19 Information and Resources
Department of Safety COVID-19 Updates

How To Apply

Original

  • The first step of applying for an original Tennessee handgun carry permit would be to complete the application online under the Handgun Permit tab. 
  • Once the application has been completed, if you are not otherwise exempt, you must attend a Tennessee handgun safety course.
    • A list of certified handgun safety schools can be found through online services under the Handgun Permit tab.
    • Click here for a list of acceptable exemptions from the handgun safety course.
  • Once the course has been completed, you will go to a Driver Services Center. At the Driver Services Center:
    • Pay application fee of $100 ($65 with active military ID or DD-214 listing honorable discharge) for an eight (8) year permit
    • Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (Photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Provide proof of full SSN
    • Have photo taken
    • If you do not currently have a Tennessee driver license, you must submit two proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address - NO P.O. BOXES (Documents must be current and within last 4 months.)
    • Present a photo ID to the Department at the time of filing the application
    • Once transaction is complete, the examiner will provide you with the instructions for being fingerprinted.
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
     
  • Must be a Tennessee resident
  • The first step of applying for an original Tennessee conceal carry permit would be to complete the application online under the Handgun Permit tab. 
  • See training requirements for a list of firearms training accepted for the Conceal Carry Permit. 
    • A list of approved online course vendors can be found here.
    • Must fill out CCP Proof of Training form to submit along with training proof.
  • Once the course has been completed, you will go to a Driver Services Center. At the Driver Services Center:
    • Pay application fee of $65 for an eight (8) year permit
    • Submit completed CCP Proof of Training form along with training proof
    • Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (Photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Provide proof of full SSN
    • Have photo taken
    • If you do not currently have a Tennessee driver license, you must submit two proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address - NO P.O. BOXES (Documents must be current and within last 4 months.)
    • Present a photo ID to the Department at the time of filing the application
    • Once transaction is complete, the examiner will provide you with the instructions for being fingerprinted
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
     
  • The first step of applying for an original Tennessee handgun carry permit would be to complete the application online under the Handgun Permit tab. 
  • Once the application has been completed, if you are not otherwise exempt, you must attend a Tennessee handgun safety course.
    • A list of certified handgun safety schools can be found through online services under the Handgun Permit tab.
    • Click here for a list of acceptable exemptions from the handgun safety course. (Insert EHCP Training requirements)
  • Once the course has been completed, you will go to a Driver Services Center. At the Driver Services Center:
    • Pay application fee of $300 ($265 with active military ID or DD-214 listing honorable discharge) for an eight (8) year permit
    • Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (Photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Have photo taken
    • Provide proof of full SSN
    • If you do not currently have a Tennessee driver license, you must submit two proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address - NO P.O. BOXES (Documents must be current and within last 4 months.)
    • Present a photo ID to the Department at the time of filing the application
    • Once transaction is complete, the examiner will provide you with the instructions for being fingerprinted.
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed
     
  • The first step of applying for an original Tennessee handgun carry permit would be to complete the application online under the Handgun Permit tab. 
    • Print the SF-1551 form, complete the top portion of the form and present it to your Human Resource Office or Chief Law Enforcement Officer to complete the bottom portion of the form. OR use your LEOSA form IN-1736 and current LEOSA card instead of the form on this site.
  • Once the form has been completed, you will go to a Driver Services Center. At the Driver Services Center:
    • Provide CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (Photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Provide proof of full SSN
    • Provide completed SF-1551 form or LEOSA form IN-1736 and current LEOSA card
    • Have photo taken
    • If you do not currently have a Tennessee driver license, you must submit two proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address - NO P.O. BOXES (Documents must be current and within last 4 months.)
    • Present a photo ID to the Department at the time of filing the application
    • Once transaction is complete, the examiner will provide you with the instructions for being fingerprinted.

 

  • Pursuant to TCA §36-6-626; §39-17-1308a; §39-17-1365, a person granted an Order of Protection has the ability to carry a handgun for 21 calendar days if they legally own the firearm and carry a copy of the Protective Order
  • Within 21 days of Order of Protection being issued, you may apply for a Temporary Handgun Carry Permit
  • Present the following at a Driver Services Center:
    • Certified copy of the Order of Protection
    • Proof of identity
    • CERTIFIED PROOF of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (Photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Proof of full SSN
    • If you do not currently have a Tennessee driver license, you must submit two proofs of Tennessee residency with your name and resident address - NO P.O. BOXES (Documents must be current and within last 4 months.)
    • Photo ID to the Department at the time of filing the application
  • The Handgun Permit Unit will run a name based background check
  • The temporary permit comes in the form of a letter without photograph, is valid for sixty (60) days and must be carried along with a certified copy of the Order of Protection.

 

Renewal

  • To apply for a Tennessee handgun carry permit renewal online, visit online services under the Handgun Permit tab and fill out the application.
  • Once the application is completed, the renewal fee of $50.00 will be paid on the website
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Visit a Driver Services Center convenient to you. 
  • At the Driver Services Center:
    • Complete an application
    • Pay the application fee of $50.00 for an eight (8) year renewal
    • Have new photo taken
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Complete and sign a new application. printable application
  • Mail the application and the $50.00 fee, payable by check or money order, to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSH) at:

Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 23710
Nashville, TN 37202

  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

*If listing out of state mailing address on the application, must include copy of military orders, showing stationed out of state.
 

  • To apply for a Tennessee handgun carry permit renewal at a partnering County Clerk Office, the application will be completed at the center or application will be completed and brought into the center. 
    • Please contact the County Clerk Office before visiting to verify that they process handgun permit renewals.
  • The renewal fee of $50.00, plus an additional $4.00 fee, will be paid at County Clerk Office. 
  • Have photo taken
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
     

Upgrade to Lifetime

  • All Lifetime permit applications must be done in person, at a Driver Services Center
  • At the Driver Services Center:
    • Complete an application
    • Pay the application fee of $200
    • Have a new photo taken
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Duplicate

  • To apply for a Tennessee handgun carry permit renewal online, visit online services under the Handgun Permit tab and fill out application.
  • Once the application is completed, the duplicate fee of $5.00 will be paid on the website
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Visit a Driver Services Center convenient to you.
  • At the Driver Services Center:
    • Complete an application
    • Pay the application fee of $5
    • Have a new photo taken
  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 23710
Nashville, TN 37202

  • FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

*If listing out of state mailing address on the application, must include copy of military orders, showing stationed out of state.