Concealed Handgun Permits

Instructions for Concealed Handgun Permit


Application for a concealed handgun permit must be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office at 550 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, or mailed to: Colonial Heights Circuit Court, P.O. Box 3401, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 along with:
  • Completed original application (Must be signed in the presence of a notary or a deputy in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office)
  • Certification of successful completion of a firearms safety course.
  • $50.00 check or money order (non-refundable) made out to the Colonial Heights Circuit Court Clerk.
The process will take approximately 45 days to complete and once the permit is approved or denied, the Clerk of the Court will notify you when you may pick up your permit. For specific details involving concealed handgun permits refer to VA State Code 18.2-308.


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Concealed Handgun Permit Applications

Applications are available and filed in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 550 Boulevard during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Applications are also available through the Virginia State Police website.

Apply in the City / County of Residence

Persons wishing to obtain a concealed handgun permit must apply in the city or county of their residence. Only Colonial Heights residents may apply through the Colonial Heights Circuit Court.

Requirements for Applications

Applicants must appear in person and present a driver's license or comparable photo ID. The processing fee is $50. Payment may be made by cash, check, debit or credit card, or money order payable to the Circuit Court Clerk.

Proof of Competency

First-time applicants must provide proof of competency with a handgun. Individuals holding permits in other states and wish to obtain a permit from this court must provide proof of competency with a handgun as well.

Processing Applications

Processing of applications can take up to 45 days. The Police Department performs background checks and forwards this information to the Circuit Court judge who enters an order either granting or denying the permit. The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will notify the applicant by mail when the permit is approved by the judge.

Picking Up a Permit

Applicants must present a photo ID when picking up the permit from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Please allow 45 days from the time the completed application is filed.

More Information

For questions relating to the enforcement of the law governing concealed handgun permits, please contact the Colonial Heights Police Department at (804) 520-9300.