Handgun Permit Fees

Handgun carry permits will be issued on an eight (8) year cycle.

Accepted methods of payment for an original handgun carry permit are cash, money order, MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards. Checks are only accepted for renewal and duplicate handgun carry permit applications, not on original applications.


8 year Enhanced $100.00  
Military 8 year Enhanced $65.00  
Concealed Handgun Carry $65.00  
Lifetime (Enhanced only) $300.00  
Military Lifetime (Enhanced only) $265.00  
Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime (Enhanced only) FREE  

Renewal or Upgrade

When you renew your permit, the new expiration date will be eight (8) years from the date the renewal permit was issued. Permits expire eight (8) years from the date of issuance.

8-year Enhanced $50.00  
Military 8-year Enhanced $50.00  
Upgrade from Enhanced to a Lifetime $200.00  
Upgrade from Enhanced to a Lifetime Military $200.00  
Upgrade from Concealed to Lifetime (Must also meet all requirements for Enhanced) $300.00  
Retired Law Enforcement upgrade to a Lifetime FREE  


All Duplicates $5.00  

Military Discount (Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit only)

Public Chapter No 866 section 2, signed May 18, 2014, states:

Any person, who has been honorably discharged from any branch of the United States armed forces or who is on active duty in any branch of the armed forces or who is currently serving in the national guard or armed forces reserve, and who makes initial application for a handgun carry permit shall be required to pay only that portion of the initial Enhanced Handgun Carry permit application fee that is necessary to conduct the required criminal history record check.

That being said, someone out of service would need a DD214, someone still serving would have their current credential card identify them. This does not change the fact that they will still need to show proof of completion of an 8 hour handgun safety course or meet the exemption requirements for the Enhanced Handgun Carry permit. The current fee to run background checks is $65 so that is what the applicant must pay.

Free Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime (Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit only)

Public Chapter No. 396 section 1, signed May 1, 2019, waives the application for a Retired Law Enforcement Lifetime if the applicant:

(A)   Is a former federal, state, or local law enforcement officer, as defined in § 39-11-106;

(B)   Served for at least ten (10) years prior to leaving the law enforcement agency and was POST-certified, or had equivalent training, on the date the officer left the law enforcement agency;

(C)   Was in good standing at the time of leaving the law enforcement agency, as certified by the chief law enforcement officer or designee of the organization that employed the applicant; and

(D)   Is a resident of Tennessee on the date of the application.

*Must submit this SF-1551 form — you will need to 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.  A letter from the law enforcement agency on letterhead stating years of service and confirmation of retirement in good standing may be submitted in lieu of Form 1551.