Whether you’re new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed carry permit may seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be. There are many reasons and ways to carry a concealed weapon, but the first step is knowing the laws. Applying for a CCW varies by state. Read about the process for getting a Missouri Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) below.

Similar to permit requirements, states vary greatly in their processes for how an applicant obtains a concealed handgun permit, what their permits/licenses are called, whether licenses include photographs, whether fingerprinting is required, license duration, license costs and turnaround times. Some states allow an applicant to complete an application online, while others require an in-person visit to the office of the respective issuing authority. There are even states that require the applicant to provide a list of non-related character references.

Concealed Carry Permit Basics

Missouri is a shall-issue, permitless carry state. Shall-issue means licensing authorities are compelled to issue a license as long as an applicant meets the basic requirements set out by state law. Licenses are issued at the local level by county sheriffs.

Open carry and concealed carry are legal in Missouri without a Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) for anyone 19 years or older who can legally possess a firearm (18 for members of the military or honorably discharged). However, local authorities can restrict concealed carry in any building owned, leased or controlled by the county or municipality and may require a CCP for open carry. Missouri law does not plainly state you don’t need a permit to carry. They changed the definition of “unlawful use of a weapon” to only apply when a person carries a weapon into a place that is off-limits per Missouri law.

Federally Prohibited Persons

The Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 make it illegal for a person who fits into any of the prohibited categories to ship, transport, receive or possess firearms or ammunition. These laws prevent a state from issuing a concealed handgun permit/license as it would be illegal for people who fit in these categories, by federal law, to own or possess a gun.

What Are the License Requirements in Missouri?

An applicant must:

  • Be at least age 19, or be at least 18 and a member of the United States Armed Forces or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be either a resident of Missouri, a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri or the spouse of such a military member
  • Have taken a firearms training course
  • Not have pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest or have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun
  • Not have been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to one or more misdemeanor offenses involving crimes of violence during the immediately preceding 5-year period, or not have been convicted of 2 or more misdemeanor offenses involving driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs or the possession or abuse of a controlled substance during the immediately preceding 5-year period
  • Not be a fugitive from justice or currently charged in an information or indictment with the commission of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year, other than a crime classified as a misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment of 2 years or less that does not involve an explosive weapon, firearm, firearm silencer or gas gun
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Not have been engaged in a pattern of behavior, documented in public records, that causes the sheriff to have a reasonable belief that the applicant presents a danger to himself, herself or others
  • Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent at the time of application or for 5 years prior to application, or committed to a mental health facility or a similar institution located in another state following a hearing at which the applicant was represented by counsel or a representative
  • Not be the respondent of a valid “full order of protection” that is still in effect
  • Must meet federal law requirements

Do I Need Firearms Training in Missouri?

Yes. Firearms training is required in order to obtain Missouri CCP. Applicants who complete a one-hour NRA course must still complete a separate course taught by a qualified safety instructor, but do not need to spend a particular number of hours in such a course. The extra course that is required in addition to the NRA course must include instruction on:

  • Handgun safety techniques in the classroom, at home, on the firing range and while carrying the firearm
  • Missouri’s requirements for obtaining a concealed carry permit from the sheriff of the individual’s county of residence
  • Missouri’s laws relating to firearms
  • Missouri’s laws relating to the justifiable use of force
  • A live firing exercise of sufficient duration for each applicant to fire either a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol, from a standing position or its equivalent, a minimum of 20 rounds from the handgun at a distance of seven yards from a B-27 silhouette target or an equivalent target
  • A live fire test administered to the applicant while the instructor is present of 20 rounds from either handgun from a standing position or its equivalent at a distance from a B-27 silhouette target, or an equivalent target, of 7 yards

How Do I Get a Concealed Handgun Permit in Missouri?

Step 1: Complete 8 hours of firearms training or the 1-hour online NRA firearms safety course, with the remainder of the training provided by a qualified concealed carry instructor.

Step 2: Download and complete a hard copy (or online for Boone County) application. Provide proof of residence (required by some counties).

Step 3: Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office or submit online where applicable.
Pay the fee.
You will be fingerprinted.

You will be notified if your application has been approved.


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