Concealed Handgun Permit Filing Process

Filing Procedures


Applicants have 2 options for submitting concealed handgun applications to the clerk of the circuit court. Applicants can hand-deliver applications to the clerk of the circuit court during normal business hours, located at:
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court
    100 W Main Street
    Louisa, VA 23093
Applicants may also mail their application to the clerk of the circuit court to the following address:
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court
    P.O. Box 37
    Louisa, VA 23093
Note: Applications that are mailed for filing must be notarized by a notary public and must include proper payment for filing and proof of proficiency.

Application Instructions


View the Application for Concealed Handgun Permit (PDF). Applications can be obtained several ways:
  • The application can be printed out and completed by hand, or filled out online and then printed out, it will need to be signed and notarized.
  • You can also download the application on the Virginia State Police website. Here you will find a downloadable version of the application for a concealed handgun permit.
  • Residents may also pick-up an application at either:
    • Clerk of the Circuit Court
      100 W Main Street
      Louisa, VA 23093
    • Louisa County Sheriff's Office
      1 Woolfolk Avenue
      Louisa, VA 23093

Application Details


Applicants should carefully review the application and ensure all information is provided. The application should be typed or legibly handwritten in black ink only. If the space provided in the application is insufficient for some responses, any additional information that is required can be attached to the application, but please be sure attachments should are legible and clear. Typed information on attached documents is preferred to ensure the information is legible. The application must be signed by the applicant and the applicant's signature notarized by a notary public.

Application Filing Fees


The filing fee for the concealed handgun application is $50. Applicants who deliver their application in person at the clerk's office have the option of paying by cash, check or money order. Applicants who mail in the application must pay by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the "Clerk of the Circuit Court." A fee of $50 will be assessed for returned checks due to stop-payment and insufficient funds.

The background investigation fee for the Louisa County Sheriff's Office is included in the application filing fee.

Proof of Proficiency


Applicants must provide proof of proficiency to use a handgun as part of the application. The following certificates/documents are typically provided to demonstrate proficiency:
  • Firearm Qualification Certificate
  • Military Discharge Papers (DD214)
  • Hunter Safety Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certification
There is a Firearms Safety Course offered by the Louisa County Parks and Recreation that qualifies as Proof of Proficiency. This course is instructed by a Firearms Instructor of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

Background Investigation


The Louisa County Sheriff's Office conducts a criminal background check on each applicant. Once the application has been successfully filed with the clerk of the circuit court, the Sheriff's Office will typically complete the background check within 2 business days. The fee for the background check is included with the filing fee.

Review & Processing of Application


Once the Sheriff's Office has completed the background investigation and provided the results to the clerk's office, the application is reviewed by the Circuit Court judges. State law requires action on the application by 45 days. Usually applications are reviewed within about 25 business days, but due to an increase in applications and other caseload, it may take 30 days to complete the review process. Applications that are approved by the Court will result in issuance of a permit by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Contact will be made with the applicant when the permit has been issued to make arrangements to pick up the permit in person at the Clerk's Office. Applicants may request that the clerk mail the permit, but only if a self addressed, stamped envelope had been provided to do so.