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 How To Apply
 Instructor Requirements
 Prohibited Locations
 Duties of Permittees
 Laws and Administrative Rules
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Contact Information


Act 4 of the First Extraordinary Session of the 1996 Legislature amended and re-enacted R.S. 40:1379.3 providing for the issuance of statewide concealed handgun permits by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS). The permit grants statewide authority to a citizen to carry a concealed handgun on his person. A handgun is defined as "a type of firearm commonly referred to as a pistol or revolver originally designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition." It does not include "shotguns or rifles that have been altered by having their stocks or barrels cut or shortened."


Act 944 of the Regular Session of the 2010 Legislature has created a permit that is valid for five years. Effective August 15, 2010, the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Section will no longer issue two and four year permits. Two and four year permit applications that are not postmarked by August 14, 2010 will not be processed and will be returned.

Concealed Handgun Permit New Legislation (Effective August 15, 2008)

Pursuant to Act 487 of the 2008 Regular Session, the State of Louisiana has enacted new legislation concerning handgun permits. This act, which becomes effective August 15, 2008, amended R.S. 40:1379.3 and made several changes to the law as follows:

  1. New handgun training requirements. [R.S. 40:1379.3(D)(1)(a),(b),(c),(e),(g)]

    1. Completion of any National Rifle Association handguns safety or training course conducted by a National Rifle Association certified instructor within the preceding twelve months.

    2. Completion of any Department of Public Safety and Corrections approved firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school within the preceding twelve months.

    3. Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and offered for correctional officers, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement within the preceding twelve months (note: training for security guards was removed)

    4. Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections within the preceding twelve months.

    5. Completion of small arms training within the preceding sixty months while serving with the armed forces of the United States...

  2. R.S. 40:1379.3(A)(2) "Any information in any application for a concealed handgun permit or any information provided in connection with the application... shall be held confidential and shall not be subject to any public records request nor shall the information be considered as a public record pursuant to R.S. 44:1 et seq."

  3. R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(2) "A non-resident concealed handgun permit issued by another state is invalid in the state of Louisiana if issued to an individual who is a resident of this state has been denied a handgun permit or has been issued a handgun permit which is under revocation or suspension."

Laws and Rule Booklet

The electronic version of the Laws and Rule Booklet has been updated to include the changes in the 2008 Regular Legislative Session. Printing of updated booklets will not be conducted until the Louisiana Administrative Code is amended in accordance with the changes in statute.

NEW Law and Rule Booklet

Permit Statistics

The Department of Public Safety submitted its 2009 Legislative Report to the Louisiana Legislature on March 31, 2009. This report contains information on permittees categorized by age, race, gender, parish, and zip code.

Reciprocity (Effective August 15, 2004)

Effective August 15, 2004, the concealed handgun laws were amended concerning reciprocity with other states. The statute provides as follows:

"...A current and valid concealed handgun permit issued by another state shall be deemed to be valid within this state if a current and valid concealed handgun permit issued by Louisiana is valid in those states."

Please see the Reciprocity section for updates.

Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit at (225) 925-4867.

How To Apply

Application Process:

  1. The average processing time is 120 business days for new and renewal concealed handgun permit applications.

  2. In an effort to allow the most efficient processing of your application, we suggest that you review the following tips for both new and renewal applications:

    1. Review your application for completeness. An incomplete application may result in the delay or denial of your application.

    2. Make sure all questions are answered correctly, specifically the questions with regard to arrests, medical conditions, and 18 USC 922 g. (See selected statutes in the Law and Rule Booklet.)

      1. Read the arrest question carefully, as you must list all arrests, summons, and citations (except speeding citations) even if listed on a previous application. You must provide a certified true copy of all arrest dispositions with your application.

      2. If you listed a medical condition you must have the treating physician complete the medical summary form before submitting your application.

      3. If you are currently subject to a protective or restraining order you must provide a certified true copy with your application.

  3. For renewals, complete your application and send it in as soon as possible to avoid any lapse in permit privileges.

Original/First-Time Applicants:

In order to apply for a concealed handgun permit, a citizen should follow the steps below:

  1. Download a Concealed Handgun Permit Application and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application. You may also obtain an application at the State Police Headquarters (7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  2. Provide all necessary documentation pertaining to training, arrest dispositions, medical summary dispositions, and divorcee decrees (if applicable).

  3. Contact your local police office, local sheriff's department, or State Police Headquarters for fingerprinting. Bring your photograph with you so the person fingerprinting you can sign and date the back of it. Prints must be submitted on an FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card. The card should be completed as outlined in the application instructions. Example

  4. All completed applications must be submitted to:
       Louisiana State Police
       Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
       PO Box 66375
       Baton Rouge, LA 70896


  1. Permit holders will be notified in writing at their address of record, approximately 120 days prior to the expiration of their permit to begin the renewal process.

  2. Upon notification, download and complete the Concealed Handgun Permit Application.

  3. Submit the renewal application with a new passport photograph, a new training certificate, a photocopy of your driver's license, and the appropriate fees.

  4. The completed application should be returned to the Department no less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the permit to allow sufficient time for processing.

  5. You must submit your application within 60 days after the expiration date or you will be required to submit a new original application including fingerprints.

  6. All completed renewal applications must be submitted to:
       Louisiana State Police
       Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
       PO Box 66375
       Baton Rouge, LA 70896


Notice! Beginning August 15, 2010, the Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Section will cease issuing 2 and 4 year permits. All permits thereafter will be valid for five years. The following fee schedule will apply:

Original/First-Time Applicants:

Ages 21 - 64

65 Years of Age or Older

NOTE: If you have not continuously resided within the State of Louisiana for the 15 years immediately preceding the date on which your application is received, an additional $50 non-refundable fee shall be submitted. This is only for first-time applicants and is not required for any subsequent renewals.

Ages 21 - 64

65 Years of Age or Older

NOTE: For renewal applications the additional $50 non-refundable fee and the submission of a fingerprint card is not applicable.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, and must be paid by money order, cashier's check, or certified check.


Original/First-Time Applicants:

In addition to meeting the qualifications in R.S. 40:1379.3(C), an applicant must demonstrate competence with a handgun by completion of an approved firearms safety or training course taught by an NRA or P.O.S.T. certified instructor that is registered with State Police, or completion of small arms training while serving in the military (as evidenced by a DD-214), [active service members, reservist and national guard members must include a clear photocopy of their military ID (front & back) with a copy of their last qualification record from their 201 file], or possession of a current valid license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a parish law enforcement officer.


Pursuant to LAC 55:I:1307.D, each permittee applying for a renewal of his permit shall complete additional educational training within one year prior to submitting a renewal application. To obtain renewal training, please contact one of the LSP registered instructors.


Any training course or class offered for the purpose of certification to obtain a concealed handgun permit must be conducted by an NRA or P.O.S.T. certified instructor who has registered his name and certification with the Department. The Department does not regulate the fees charged by these instructors.

Instructor List - These instructors have registered with the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit in accordance with the administrative rules and have authorized release of their names and phone numbers to applicants as of 03-12-10.

Instructor Requirements


  1. Concealed Handgun Permit Application

  2. Change of Address

  3. Instructor Information Form

  4. Medical Summary and Disposition

  5. Suspension/Revocation Affidavit DPSSP 4646 (Law Enforcement Use Only)

Firearm Registration/Transfer Forms

Louisiana law does not require the registration of handguns. However, the law requires the registration and transfer of a firearm. The following is the legal definition of firearm;

"Firearm" means a shotgun having a barrel of less than eighteen inches in length; a rifle having a barrel of less than sixteen inches in length; any weapon made from either a rifle or a shotgun if said weapon has been modified to have an overall length of less than twenty-six inches; any other firearm, pistol, revolver, or shotgun from which the serial number or mark of identification has been obliterated, from which a shot is discharged by an explosive, if that weapon is capable of being concealed on the person; or a machine gun, grenade launcher, flame thrower, bazooka, rocket launcher, excluding black powder weapons, or gas grenade; and includes a muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not the firearm is included within this definition. Pistols and revolvers and those rifles and shotguns which have not previously been defined in this Paragraph as firearms from which serial numbers or marks of identification have not been obliterated are specifically exempt from this definition.

  1. Application To Register As Firearms Dealer, Importer, Or Manufacturer

  2. Application To Register Firearm - LA Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1783

  3. Application To Transfer Firearm - LA Revised Statutes, Title 40, Section 1784 & 1787

Prohibited Locations

R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) states that no concealed handgun may be carried into and no concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to this Section shall authorize or entitle a permittee to carry a concealed handgun in any of the following:

The provisions of R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) shall not limit the right of a property owner, lessee, or other lawful custodian to prohibit or restrict access of those persons possessing a concealed handgun pursuant to a permit issued under this Section. No individual to whom a concealed handgun permit is issued may carry such concealed handgun into the private residence of another without first receiving the consent of that person.

Duties of Permittees

The permit shall be retained by the permittee who shall immediately produce it upon the request of any law enforcement officer. Anyone who fails to do so shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. Additionally, when any peace officer approaches a permittee in an official manner or with an identified purpose, the permittee shall:

  1. Notify the officer that he has a weapon on his person;

  2. Submit to a pat down;

  3. Allow the officer to temporarily disarm him.

A permittee may not carry and conceal a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) as defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964. For purposes of the concealed handgun law, a permittee is considered under the influence of alcohol when a blood alcohol reading of .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood is obtained, or a blood or urine test shows any confirmed presence of a CDS.

The permit to carry a concealed handgun shall be revoked by the deputy secretary when the permittee is carrying and concealing a handgun under any of the following circumstances:

  1. The blood alcohol reading of the permittee is .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood;

  2. The permittee's blood test or urine test shows the confirmed presence of a CDS as defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964;

  3. The permittee refuses to submit to a department certified chemical test when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer.

R.S. 40:1379.3(L) provides that anyone who carries and conceals a handgun in violation of any provision of this Section, unless authorized to do so by another provision of the law, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(1) requires the making of a sworn application to the deputy secretary of public safety services of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The providing of false or misleading information on the application or any documents submitted with the application shall be grounds for the denial or revocation of a concealed handgun permit. The application shall reflect training in pistols, revolvers, or both. Any permittee under this Section shall notify the department of any address or name change within thirty days of the change. Failure to timely notify the department of a name or address change may result in suspension of the permit for up to thirty days.

R.S. 40:1379.3(R)(1) requires each permittee, within fifteen days of a misdemeanor or a felony arrest, other than a minor traffic violation, in this state or any other state, to notify the deputy secretary of public safety services by certified mail. The deputy secretary may suspend, for up to ninety days, the permit of any permittee who fails to meet the notification requirements of this Section.

R.S. 40:1379.3(F)(1) mandates that the deputy secretary shall revoke the permit if at any time during the permit period the permittee fails to satisfy any one of the qualification requirements provided for in Subsection C of R.S. 40:1379.3.


Pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(1) a valid permit in another state is valid in Louisiana if the issuing state honors concealed handgun permits issued by Louisiana.

Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a concealed handgun in another state they are bound by that state's laws governing concealed carry and permittees from other reciprocal states are bound by Louisiana concealed carry laws while in Louisiana.

States that honor Louisiana permits AND whose permits are honored in Louisiana

State / Website Agreement Date Contact #
Alabama 08-15-2004 (334) 242-7300
Alaska 08-16-2004 (907) 269-0392
Arizona 08-18-2004 (800) 256-6280
Arkansas 07-31-2007 (501) 618-8600
Colorado 09-02-2004 (303) 239-5850
Florida 07-12-1999 (850) 488-5381
Georgia 09-30-2004 (404) 657-2203
Idaho 08-16-2004 (208) 884-7000
Indiana 09-30-2004 (317) 232-8200
Kansas 01-22-2007 (785) 296-2215
Kentucky 08-16-1999 (502) 227-2221
Maine 06-25-2009 (800) 452-4664
Michigan 08-31-2004 (517) 332-2521
Minnesota 07-31-2004 (651) 793-2400
Mississippi 08-12-2004 (601) 987-1586
Missouri 08-16-2004 (573) 751-3321
Montana 08-24-2004 (406) 444-2026
Nebraska 08-30-2009 (402) 471-4545
Nevada 10-01-2007 (775) 684-6262
New Hampshire 08-16-2004 (603) 271-3575
North Carolina 08-16-2004 (919) 716-6500
North Dakota 02-26-2007 (701) 328-5500
Oklahoma 08-18-2004 (800) 522-8017 Ext. 2519
Pennsylvania 12-12-2006 (717) 783-1111
South Carolina 02-15-2005 (803) 896-7014
South Dakota 02-15-2007 (605) 773-4102
Tennessee 12-18-1997 (615) 251-8590
Texas 08-12-1998 (512) 424-7293
Utah 08-16-2004 (801) 965-4445
Vermont 02-23-2007 (802) 244-8775
Virginia 10-22-2004 (804) 674-2000
Washington 08-13-2004 (206) 389-6800
West Virginia 11-17-2008 (800) 368-8808
Wyoming 03-28-2002 (307) 777-4301

States that DO NOT honor Louisiana permits

State Date Notified Contact #
California 08-12-2004 (916) 227-0163
Hawaii 08-19-2004 (808) 586-1160
Illinois 08-23-2004 (800) 255-3323
Maryland 08-17-2004 (410) 799-0191
Massachusetts 08-18-2004 (617) 660-4600
New Jersey 08-26-2004 (609) 882-2000
New York 08-30-2004 (800) 770-0220
Ohio 08-16-2004 (614) 466-8600
Oregon 10-01-2004 (503) 378-3070 ext.418
Rhode Island 08-23-2004 (401) 274-4400
Wisconsin 08-13-2004 (608) 266-7314

Laws and Administrative Rules


Office of the State Register
This is a searchable database of the Louisiana Administrative Code. These are the administrative rules governing the issuance, and regulation of concealed handgun permits. These rules are contained in the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 55, Part I, Chapter 13, Sections 1301 and 1317.

Louisiana State Legislature Search
This is a searchable database of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The specific laws concerning concealed handgun permits are located in R.S. 40:1379.3 et seq.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Please direct any written correspondence, or submit applications to:
Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 66375
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit Phone Numbers:
(225) 925-4867
(225) 925-4868
(225) 922-0225 (Fax Number)

Office Personnel:
1. Sergeant Clay Reavis
2. Wyndie Chifici (Office Manager)
3. Shana Johnson

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit E-Mail Address: