How to Obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) in Nevada
Explained by Las Vegas & Reno Criminal Defense Lawyers

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How can I get a CCW permit in Nevada?

It is illegal in Nevada to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. However, most law-abiding adults who do not use illegal drugs – which sadly includes recreational and even medical marijuana – are able to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon (“CCW”) in Nevada.

To help you understand how to obtain a CCW permit in Nevada, our Las Vegas and Reno criminal defense lawyers discuss the following, below:

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1. How Nevada law defines “concealed firearm”

A “concealed firearm” is a handgun (whether loaded or unloaded) carried upon a person in such a manner as not to be discernible by ordinary observation.[1] This includes handguns hidden inside an article of clothing or in a backpack, purse or other item you are carrying.

Carrying a concealed a firearm without a permit is a felony in Nevada.

2. Who is eligible for a concealed firearms permit in Nevada?

You may obtain a concealed carry permit in Nevada if:

  • You are 21 years of age or older;
  • You are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under Nevada or federal law; and
  • You have documentation of successful completion of a firearm safety course from a law enforcement agency, college, university or national organization that certifies instructors in firearm safety or another program approved a Nevada sheriff.

Your CCW application may be denied (or your existing permit revoked) if:

  • There is an outstanding warrant for your arrest (even for a traffic violation);
  • You have been judicially declared incompetent or insane;
  • You have been voluntarily or involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility during the preceding 5 years;
  • You are a habitual user of alcohol and/or drugs to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired, which will be presumed if:
    • You have been convicted of DUI of alcohol and/or drugs during the previous 5 years, or
    • You have been sentenced by a court to a program of treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs for a Nevada drug crime;
  • You are a user of drugs prohibited under federal law (including medical marijuana);
  • You have been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or stalking, or you are currently subject to a restraining order, injunction or other order for protection against domestic violence;
  • You have been convicted within the previous 3 years of a misdemeanor crime involving the use or threatened use of force;
  • You have a prior felony conviction (no matter how old), unless you have received a pardon that does not restrict your right to bear arms; 
  • You are currently on parole or probation;
  • You are a fugitive from justice;
  • You have been, within the preceding 5 years, subject to a court-ordered restriction on firearm possession as a condition to the court withholding entry of judgment or suspending your sentence for a felony conviction;
  • You have made a false statement on any application for a permit or for the renewal of a permit; 
  • You are in the United States unlawfully or have renounced your U.S. citizenship;
  • You have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; or
  • The sheriff receives a detailed and reliable sworn affidavit from someone 18 or older that you have, or may have, committed an offense or engaged activity which would make you ineligible for a concealed carry permit.

You are not entitled to a refund of your application fee if you are denied. If you feel a denial of your application was in error, however, you have the right to appeal it. 

3. How much does a Nevada CCW permit cost?

The cost of a concealed carry permit depends on where you are applying and whether you are seeking a new permit or a renewal. In Las Vegas, the non-refundable application fees are:

  • New application -- $98.25
  • Renewal application -- $63.25
  • Late renewal application -- $78.25
  • Renewal application more than 120 days late) -- $98.25
  • Name change -- $25.00
  • Duplicate permit/late fee/address change -- $15.00
  • Additional fingerprint cards for out-of-state applications: $14.00 (first card); $2.00 (each additional card).

If your application is approved, the actual permit will cost $60 if new or $25 if a renewal.

This does not include the cost If any of the required firearms training course or any necessary documentation.

4. How long does it take to get a CCW permit?

By law, Nevada law enforcement has 120 days to process CCW permit applications.[3]

If you are applying for a renewal permit, make sure to apply at least 120 days before the expiration of your current permit in order to avoid late fees. You may begin the renewal process at any time, but no credit will be provided for unused time.

Note that you are required to take a refresher firearm qualification course and resubmit a complete application packet in person to obtain a license renewal. Your renewal application will also require new photos and fingerprints.

5. How long is a Nevada CCW permit good for?

Permits (both new and renewal) remain valid for a period of five years (unless revoked).

6. How do I apply for a concealed weapon permit?

You can obtain a Nevada CCW permit application packet from your nearest sheriff's or police station. In Las Vegas, permits are issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. You can obtain a Las Vegas CCW permit application online or from your nearest LVMPD substation.

Reno residents must obtain their CCW permits from the Washoe County Sheriff.

You will need to take a concealed firearms qualification course from a certified firearms instructor before you apply. Be sure your firearms instructor signs the certification form in the application packet.

Complete the application but do not sign the form until instructed to do so. Completed (but unsigned) applications with supporting documents must be turned in to the sheriff or police in person.

Residents of Clark County can submit their application to the Fingerprint Bureau of the LVMPD during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The LVMPD's fingerprint bureau is located at:

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Headquarters
400 South Martin Luther King Boulevard
Building C
Las Vegas, NV, 89106

(Corner of S. Martin Luther King Blvd & Alta Blvd)

Telephone: (702) 828-3271

In Reno and elsewhere in Washoe County, CCW applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at:

Washoe County Sheriff's Office
911 Parr Blvd.
Reno, NV 89512

Telephone: (775) 328-3001

You will need to bring the following with you:

  • Your completed (unsigned) application;
  • Your firearms course certification (signed by the instructor);
  • Debit/credit cards, cash, money order or cashier's check for the appropriate fee;
  • Proof of residency (valid driver's license); and
  • If not born in the United States (whether or not a U.S. citizen at the time), proof of citizenship in the form of a:
    • Naturalization certificate
    • Valid U.S. passport
    • U.S. birth certificate
    • Resident alien card.

Photocopies will not be accepted

You must carry your CCW permit and proper identification whenever you are in actual possession of a concealed firearm and present them if requested by a peace officer. Not doing either will subject you to a civil penalty of $25 for each violation.[4]

To learn more about where you can carry a concealed weapon and penalties for carrying a concealed gun without a permit, please see our article: Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) in Nevada.

7. Is my out-of-state concealed weapon permit valid in Nevada?

Certain states have concealed carry reciprocity with the state of Nevada. The Nevada Department of Public Safety determines which other state's permits are valid for the purpose of carrying a concealed firearm in Nevada. Likewise, other states are free to determine individually whether or not they accept a concealed weapons permit issued in Nevada.

Before carrying a concealed weapon in a state other than the one in which your CCW permit was issued, you should check with the state in which you want to carry the weapon.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety maintains an online listing of states whose CCW permits Nevada recognizes.

8. Additional resources

Arrested for a concealed carry violation? Call us for help…

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If you or someone you know has been charged with a violation of Nevada's concealed carry laws, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

Our caring Las Vegas and Reno criminal lawyers will fight to preserve your second amendment rights and to keep you out of jail.

To schedule your free consultation, complete the form on this page or call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

To learn about concealed carry laws in California, please see our article: Carrying a concealed weapon in California.

Legal references:

  1. NRS 202.3653.
  2. NRS 202.3657.
  3. NRS 202.336.
  4. NRS 202.3667.

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