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Eligibility Requirements

Qualifications That Must Be Met Before Applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (Enhanced or Concealed)

  • Must not have a Felony conviction and not currently under indictment for a felony
  • Must not have a Charge pending for Domestic Violence and never been convicted of Domestic Violence
  • Must not be a fugitive from justice
  • Must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
  • Must not be an illegal alien or unlawfully in the United States
  • Has not renounced their United States citizenship
  • Does not have an Order of Protection or a restraining order filed against them
  • Not an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance or controlled substance analogue
  • Not a patient in a rehabilitation program and have not been hospitalized for alcohol, controlled substance or controlled substance analogue within ten (10) years (if court ordered) or 3 years (if voluntary)
  • Must not have had two (2) convictions for DUI in ten (10) years, with one of those being within the last five (5) years
  • Not currently under the jurisdiction of the court for a DUI or any other Class A Misdemeanor conviction
  • Has not been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to/or hospitalized in a mental institution
  • Has not had a court appoint a conservator for me by reason of mental defect
  • Has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity
  • Has not been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm, because of mental illness within seven (7) years from the date of application
  • Has not been convicted of stalking and have no pending charge(s) for Stalking
  • Not receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence, or mental disability
  • Applicants are required to be a resident of the state of Tennessee
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age or is at least eighteen (18) years of age and is an honorably discharged or retired veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty status and includes with the application a certified copy of the applicant’s certificate of release or discharge from active duty, DD214 or includes with the application a military identification card as proof that the applicant is an active duty member of the military.


Acceptable Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency Documents

  • Official Birth Certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Swain's Island, Guam)
  • IMPORTANT: Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010 will not be recognized as proof of Lawful U.S. Citizenship beginning November 1, 2010.
  • The government of Puerto Rico has provided information for citizens to apply for new birth certificates.
  • U.S. Government-issued Certified Birth Certificate
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad (DS-1350 or FS-545)
  • Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the U.S. (FS-240)
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N560 or N561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N550, N570 or N578)
  • U.S. Citizen Identification Card (I-197, I-179)
  • Unexpired Permanent Resident Alien Card (I-551), issued for ten (10) years.