Kansas permit process

How To Get Your Kansas Concealed Carry Permit

Whether you're new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed handgun 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 Kansas's concealed carry laws. Applying for a CCHL varies by state.

Read about the process for getting a Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun License below.

Steps To Get A Kansas Concealed Carry Permit


COMPLETE a firearm training course


DOWNLOAD and complete the application.

You should also download and read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.


VISIT your local sheriff's office, bringing your completed application and:

  • Photocopy of certificate showing completion of training course
  • A 2-by-2-inch passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days
  • A photocopy of your Kansas driver’s license or Kansas identification card
  • A $32.50 check payable to the sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence

You will be fingerprinted.



You will be notified within 90 days if your application has been approved.

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What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Kansas?

An application must complete an eight-hour handgun safety and training course approved by the Attorney General. The course must include:

  • Training in the safe storage of handguns
  • Actual firing of weapons
  • Instruction in Kansas laws governing the carrying of concealed handguns and the use of deadly force

Safety and training courses taken outside the state of Kansas can satisfy Kansas’ concealed carry permitting requirement if the attorney general has certified that the out-of-state course meets or exceeds the standards set by Kansas law.

Training exemptions include prior handgun training of retired law enforcement (if retired less than eight years) and current Department of Corrections officers, parole officers or Federal Bureau of Prisons officers if completed within the past 12 months.

What Are the Kansas License to Carry a Handgun Requirements?

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old (based on the passage of HB 2058, 18 to 20 year olds are able to apply for provisional CCHLs as of July 1, 2021);
  • Have completed an 8-hour firearms training course or other approved training;
  • Be a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien or an eligible non-immigrant alien;
  • Be a resident of the State of Kansas with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, or reside in Kansas while serving on active duty in the military;
  • Be a resident of the county where applying;
  • Have read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act and be familiar with its provisions; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.​

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Kansas.

What are the Fees and Terms?

90 Day Processing Time

$32.50 for Initial License

$25 for License Renewals

Valid for Four Years from Date of Issue

Where Can I Find Application Forms?

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Non-resident licenses are limited to active-duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Kansas. The process is the same as for residents.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Kansas and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?Kansas issues licenses to residents and active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in the state. You can apply for your license with the Kansas Attorney General’s Office once you are a resident of Kansas with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, or reside in Kansas while serving on active duty in the military.

Moving from Kansas and have a Kansas resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Kansas license remains valid?If a person with a Kansas concealed carry handgun license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Kansas?

Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee., however a renewal notice, instructions and an application form will be mailed to the licensee’s address at least 90 days before expiration. For the time being, renewal applications will not be available online or made available on the Attorney General’s website. This most likely will change as the renewal process develops. Failure to submit a renewal application prior to expiration will result in an additional fee of $15.00. Licenses are considered permanently expired 6 months after the expiration date. Holders of a permanently expired license will have to submit a new application.



You will be mailed a renewal notice and application form at least 90 days before expiration.


COMPLETE the application form and have it notarized.


DELIVER your completed, notarized application. You can either mail-in certified mail or hand deliver the following documents to the Attorney General's Office in Topeka:

  • A passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days; and
  • A check, for $25 (payable to Kansas Attorney General).



When approved, licensees receive a notice of approval to renew their license. The notice of approval must be taken to a Kansas Driver’s License Station for issuance. Licenses will be renewed for 4 years from the date of expiration.

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