South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit

It is extremely important that if you obtain a South Carolina concealed weapon permit,
you must be aware of all the current laws and requirements of this state.
A South Carolina permit does not supersede any other state's laws or requirements.

The permit is valid for 5 years and 5 years upon each renewal


Non-Residents - $50.00


1. If you own property in South Carolina you can apply for a non-resident permit. You must have an Assessor sign a form stating that you own real property within the state.
2. If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces and stationed in South Carolina or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces that is stationed in South Carolina you may apply for a non-resident permit.
Permit immediately becomes invalid when member transfers out of South Carolina. SLED may request proof of station to renew a permit.

Training Required

“Proof of training” means an original document or certified copy of the document supplied by an applicant that certifies that he is either:
(a) a person who, within three years before filing an application, has successfully completed a basic or advanced handgun education course offered by a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency or a nationally recognized organization that promotes gun safety. This education course must be a minimum of eight hours and must include, but is not limited to:
(i) information on the statutory and case law of this State relating to handguns and to the use of deadly force;
(ii) information on handgun use and safety;
(iii) information on the proper storage practice for handguns with an emphasis on storage practices that reduces the possibility of accidental injury to a child; and
(iv) the actual firing of the handgun in the presence of the instructor;
(b) an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association or another SLED approved competent national organization that promotes the safe use of handguns;
(c) a person who can demonstrate to the Director of SLED or his designee that he has a proficiency in both the use of handguns and state laws pertaining to handguns;
(d) an active duty police handgun instructor; (e) a person who has a SLED certified or approved competitive handgun shooting classification;
(f) a member of the active or reserve military, or a member of the National Guard who has had handgun training in the previous three years.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) shall promulgate regulations containing general guidelines for courses and qualifications for instructors which would satisfy the requirements of this item. For purposes of sub items (a) and (b) “proof of training” is not satisfied unless the organization and its instructors meet or exceed the guidelines and qualifications contained in the regulations promulgated by SLED pursuant to this item.
All applicants must have a Training Certificate signed stating they have completed the required training.


Download Application
Non-residents must also use this form for an Assessor sign a form stating that you own real property within the state. Non-Resident CWP Property Tax Form

Where To Take The Application

Send all the required documentation to:
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
4400 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-7015

Application Process

It will take approximately 90 days to process the application.
For FAQ's or to find more information click here to view South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) website.