Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to most questions regarding Kentucky Carry Concealed Defensive Weapon (CCDW) laws can be found on the Kentucky State Police website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualification requirements to get a permit?
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must not have a felony conviction
  • Must not have a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction
  • Must not have 2 or more DUI convictions in the last 3 years
  • Must not have a dishonorable discharge from the military
  • A complete list can be found at Qualification Requirements
How do I apply for or renew my Kentucky CCDW license?

CCDW Application Process

How do I setup a KSP CCW on-line account profile?

Click here for instructions

How long is my permit valid?

Kentucky permits are valid for 5 years.

What should I bring to the class?

Your driver's license or state-issued ID. Your pistol and 20 rounds of ammo. We will supply eye and ear protection.

What if I don’t have a pistol?

You may rent a handgun and purchase ammunition from the instructor.

Is there an extra range fee?

Yes, the range charges an extra fee for the shooting portion of the class.

Can I take the class if I’ve never fired a gun?

Absolutely. The class covers shooting fundamentals and the operation of a handgun. You will leave the class knowing the basics of shooting.

What states is my permit valid in?

See the map in the Classes tab above. Click on any state in this reciprocity map to see the states where that permit is honored.

When I travel to other states, how do I find out about their laws?

You can see the laws in other states at

When I get my permit, should I carry a handgun?

Carrying a loaded gun is not meant to bring some excitement into your life. When you carry a concealed handgun, you take on an extra burden and a significant responsibility to yourself, your family and your community. You carry the means to protect life and deal out death. You will be held to a higher standard of conduct.

If you cannot accept this responsibility, adapt your lifestyle, and make a significant commitment to training, you should not carry a handgun. You will be a risk to yourself and those around you.