Frequently Asked Questions

All Of Your Most Burning Questions Compiled In One Place


  • What does the USCCA provide to help me carry with confidence?

    Unlike concealed carry insurance, the USCCA provides responsibly armed Americans with the education, training and legal protection they need to carry with confidence.

    The United States Concealed Carry Association is dedicated to providing you with practical and consistent training that will keep your self-defense and concealed carry skills sharp.

    Some of the top education and training benefits from a USCCA Membership include:

    • 8 issues of Concealed Carry Magazine every year
    • Weekly updates on news, changing laws and gear reviews
    • Lifesaving checklists, guides and eBooks waiting in your dashboard
    • Interactive "Ask An Attorney" monthly webinars [Platinum & Elite Member Benefit]
    • Weekly training drills sent to your inbox
    • A CCW Reciprocity Map with permit expiration reminders
    • Live training broadcasts with industry experts
    • Access to the nationwide USCCA Certified Instructor Network
    • Over 30 training videos exclusively in your member dashboard
    • 10+ hours in eLearning training systems [Elite Member Benefit]


  • What’s the difference in the membership options?

    Every level of USCCA Membership is designed to help you carry with confidence. However, the higher levels offer more education and training resources, as well as increased legal protection.

    In addition to the universal membership benefits, only Elite Membership offers you:

    • $2,250,000 in Self-Defense SHIELD protection*
    • 10+ hours in eLearning training systems
    • 70+ lifesaving guides
    • 14 years of Concealed Carry Magazine back issues
    • An Elite VIP Expo Experience
    • An Elite Concierge Phone Line

    Refer to the USCCA Membership Chart for specific details and all membership benefits.

    *All Self-Defense Shield Protection Plan Benefit amounts are detailed more fully in, and are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the Membership Agreement.
  • What makes USCCA Membership different than concealed carry insurance?

    With the most comprehensive self-defense education, training and legal protection available to responsibly armed Americans, a USCCA Membership protects you in ways that concealed carry insurance won’t.

    Concealed carry insurance companies may simply provide you with a card and phone number. The United States Concealed Carry Association, however, is fiercely committed to your freedom and independence, and works tirelessly to protect both through USCCA Membership.

    A USCCA Membership offers responsibly armed Americans with benefits you simply can’t find anywhere else; including Community Giving Program and exclusive member discounts and perks.


  • What do I get right after I join?

    You’re instantly protected by the Self-Defense SHIELD the moment that you activate your membership. New members also receive a welcome kit that contains:

    • Your Membership Card with complete Post-Incident Instructions
    • Your Welcome Letter from USCCA President Tim Schmidt
    • Digital Access To Your Complete Self-Defense SHIELD Coverage Form
    • Your Quick Reference Guide For Self-Defense Incidents
    • Your USCCA Decal Sticker

    Plus, you get immediate access to the greatest resource: your USCCA Member Dashboard. Just login with your username and password to view your online training library, to access your member-only discounts, and to read past issues of Concealed Carry Magazine.

  • How do I know when my membership will expire?

    1. Go to our website
    2. Login using your username and password in the upper right hand corner of your browser.
    3. Click on “My Account:”
    4. The Membership Information screen will show your current status including your "member since" date, member number, and expiration date.
  • How do I renew my membership?

    The easiest way to renew your USCCA membership is to call 800-674-9779. Someone from our award-winning, Wisconsin-based team will take care of everything for you.

  • Can I renew early?

    Of course, simply call 800-674-9779 to renew your membership at any time.

  • How do I reactivate my membership if it has expired?

    If your USCCA Membership has expired and you would like to reactivate, simply visit

  • Can I upgrade my membership and pay the price difference?

    We can certainly take care of that for you. If you would like to upgrade your USCCA Membership simply call 800-674-9779.

  • How can I give a gift membership?

    You can process this online, by visiting our membership page:

    1. Click on the Join Now button for the desired membership.
    2. Enter Email Address and Shipping Information (This is the Recipient of the Gift Membership)
    3. Select Membership Option (Silver, Gold, Platinum or Elite)
    4. Enter Username and Password (For the Recipient)
    5. Enter Payment Details (This is the Purchaser of the Gift)
    6. Check the Click Here to Acknowledge Box
    7. Click the Activate Now button
    8. When membership goes through a Confirmation page will appear
  • Can I sign up using a check?

    Yes, you can mail in an application and a check or money order. The best thing to do is click the following link to download and print your membership form:

    Membership Form

    Mail in the completed form and we'll enter your membership/subscription.

    Our address is: Delta Defense, LLC 1000 Freedom Way West Bend, WI 53095

  • What if I can’t afford the membership?

    Even if you can't get the membership at this time, we do have a free weekly newsletter which consistently provides valuable, lifesaving information. The Concealed Carry Report is received by nearly 3 million responsibly armed Americans like you! It’s delivered every Friday with a message from USCCA President Tim Schmidt and editorials on recent events, gun and gear reviews, and law and news regarding your right to own a firearm.

    Also, remember that we do offer affordable monthly payment options, as low as $13 a month. For more information, please call our Wisconsin-based USCCA Team at 877-677-1919.

  • Is the government going to get my personal information through the USCCA?

    The USCCA is not a government-run or -affiliated entity and does not share your information with anyone. However, the U.S. government already has a list of all those who legally carry concealed or who have purchased firearms. In the event of the government subpoenaing records, the USCCA will work to protect your information to the best of our ability. We will not readily turn this information over to ANYONE.

  • How can I access my Member Dashboard?

    1. Go to
    2. Login using your Username and Password
      You are now logged into your Member Dashboard. You can continue to navigate and return to your Member Dashboard at anytime by clicking My Account in the upper right corner.
    3. When in your Member Dashboard, will have access to all of your member-only tools and resources:
    4. If you have trouble accessing your Member Dashboard or anything of resources within it, please call the Wisconsin-based USCCA Team at 877-677-1919.

    We also have a video walkthrough as well. Click here.

Concealed Carry Magazine

  • When will I get my first Concealed Carry Magazine?

    Concealed Carry Magazine is published every 45 days. If you joined on or after a publishing date, you will receive the next issue which may be up to 45 days later. You will receive 8 issues prior to your annual membership renewal date. You have online access to the digital issue through your Member Dashboard or the USCCA App.

  • Concealed Carry Magazine Print Release Schedule

    Issue Mailing Date
    January 1st Friday in January
    Feb/March 2nd Friday in Feb
    April 1st Friday in April
    May/June 3rd Friday in May
    July 1st Friday in July
    Aug./Sept. 2nd Friday in Aug
    October 1st Friday in October
    Nov./Dec. 2nd Friday in November

    Please allow 10 to 15 days for the postal service to deliver the magazine to your house. We will post each issue on the website approximately 10 days after the print release date.

  • Do you mail internationally?

    The USCCA is no longer able to sell products or memberships internationally (including Canada). If you know someone in the US that is willing to sign up on your behalf, you can gain access to the USCCA website thru that account. The US account holder would be the recipient of the magazine and could forward it to you.

    You could choose the Silver Membership. Silver members can read the articles from the current issue while it's active on the website, but not a .pdf format. The current issue is posted on the website 10 days after the mailing date and stays on for approximately 45 days until the next issue comes out.

    If you would like to do this, just visit our online membership page.

How To Use My Member Dashboard

  • How do I log into the USCCA website?

    1. Go to
    2. Login using your Username and Password
      You are now logged into your Member Dashboard. You can continue to navigate and return to your Member Dashboard at anytime by clicking My Account in the upper right corner.
  • What do I do if I can’t remember my username or password?

    After joining the USCCA, you will soon receive your new member Welcome Kit in the mail. In it, you’ll find a Quick Reference Guide where you can write down this information for safekeeping.

    When you click Login in the upper right corner, you’ll see a link that says “Forgot Your Password?” Click this link and enter in the email address you’ve used to set up your account (this email address would also be your username.) You will receive an email which will prompt you to reset your password.

    If you still don’t have any luck logging in, please contact our Wisconsin-based USCCA Team at 877-677-1919.

  • How can I change my information?

    1. Go to
    2. Login using your Username and Password
    3. Under the heading of My Account, you can change:
      • Account Details (Shipping Address, Billing Address, Phone Number, Login Information)
      • Billing & Credit Card Information – Keep this current to avoid any lapse in Self-Defense SHIELD Coverage
  • How do I unsubscribe from emails?

    To manage your email subscription, simply click “Unsubscribe” from the bottom of one of the emails you have received. However, this may cause you to miss out on our weekly newsletters and special discounted offers. To avoid that, click “Manage My Subscription” which will take you to the Profile Center where you can check or uncheck the emails you wish to receive or discontinue.