Are Online Concealed Carry Permits Legit?

Yes – online concealed carry permits are legit as long as you keep in mind where they are (and aren’t valid).

Before you get an online CCW, please make sure that it will be legal for your intended purpose and also that you get the training from a reputable source. We’ll cover both of these.

Who are online concealed carry permits for?

Online concealed carry permits are NOT for brand new shooters who will not get more training. Yes, you can take an online course for the basics but you MUST get more training.

Online CCW courses are great for those that are looking for the easiest way to satisfy the training requirements of a CCW application. They are also useful to get training that works in other states without having to travel.

How many online CCWs are available?

There are currently two states that allow for online ccw:

How to Get a Concealed Carry Permit

Regardless of the method for applying for your concealed carry permit or the state you live in, the basics on how to get a concealed carry permit are effectively the same.

  1. Meet the prerequisites
    1. Federal – prohibited persons
    2. State/Local – extra
  2. Satisfy Training Requirements
    1. Online vs In-Person CCW Training
    2. No training requirement? Get some anyway!
  3. Apply for the Permit
    1. Shall vs May Issue

Virginia Online Concealed Carry Permit

You can get this as a resident of any US state until the end of the year because Virginia is closing the loophole.

It works when TRAVELING to over half of the country. It may not work in the state you reside in even if it is listed as one of the states that recognizes the Virginia CCW. This is because many states allow visitors to their state to use the Virginia CCW but they require residents to have their own in-state CCW.

I offer online training for the Virginia CCW at and it has been a nice side business but I’ve decided that I’d rather provide it for free. 

The course has always been the bare-bones minimum required as the fastest method to get qualified for your CCW but I’ve never been proud of charging money for such a basic product. And, especially since the loophole is closing at the end of the year, I want as many people to take advantage of it as possible. So, I’m fixing that today and switching the course to “free” and I’ll be migrating it over to Gun University.

Tennessee Online Handgun Carry Permit

The TN CCW online just started this year and there are lots of available companies – some great, some not. Check out the article I wrote on How To Get a TN CCW Online to see the process and my recommendations.

What are the best online CCW courses?

Here’s my list for recommendations for the best online concealed carry courses.