Tennessee Department of Safety Handgun Permit Information
Qualifications & Requirements | Renewals | Duplicates -Change of Address
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The citizens of the State of Tennessee have the right to keep and bear arms for their common defense; but the General Assembly has the power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime. Any resident of Tennessee who has reached twenty-one (21) years of age may apply to the department of safety for a handgun permit. If the applicant is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm in this state pursuant to §39-17-1316 or §39-17-1307 (b), 18 U.S.C. 922(g) or any other state or federal law and the applicant otherwise meets all of the requirements the department shall issue a permit to the applicant.

This permit is valid for four years and shall entitle the permit holder to carry any handgun(s) which the permit holder legally owns or posses. The permit holder shall have the permit in holders immediate possession at all times when carrying a handgun and shall display the permit on demand of a law enforcement officer.

Even though a person is authorized to possess or carry a firearm pursuant to TCA §39-17-1315 or §39-17-1351 and has a permit, there are some restrictions where firearms may be carried.

For further information, you may view the following state statutes from the General Assembly website at http://www.legislature.state.tn.us  under "Bills," then "Tennessee Code."

39-17-1302: Prohibited weapon

39-17-1305 (as amended by Public Chapter 345; 2001): Possession of firearms where alcoholic beverages are served or sold

39-17-1306: Carrying weapons

39-17-1307: Unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

39-17-1309: Carrying weapons on school property.

39-17-1311: Carrying weapons on public parks, playgrounds, civic centers, and other recreational building and grounds.

39-17-1315: (b) (1): Written directive and permit to carry handguns

39-17-1320: Providing handguns to juveniles

39-17-1321: Possession of a handgun while under the influence

39-17-1322: Defenses

39-17-1351 – 1358: Handgun carry permits

39-17-1359: Prohibition at certain meetings

39-17-1360: Rules and regulations

Title 62 Chapter 35: Private protective services

Title 70 Chapter 4: Miscellaneous regulations

70-4-103: Fox hunting – Training of hunting dogs – Penalty

70-4-112: Hunting and chasing coons regulated – Training season – Violations, penalties

70-4-117: Possession of weapons in areas inhabited by big game - Penalty




Applicants are required to be a resident of the State of Tennessee;
Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
Applicants shall not have been convicted of any felony offense punishable for a term exceeding one (1) year;
Shall not be a fugitive from justice;
Shall not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
Shall not be an alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
Having been a citizen of the United States, applicants shall not have renounced their citizenship;
Shall not be currently the subject of any order of protection;
Shall not be an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance;
Shall not have been a patient in a rehabilitation program or hospitalized for alcohol or controlled substance abuse or addiction within ten (10) years from the date of application;
Shall not have been adjudicated as mental defective; has not been committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution; has not had a court appoint a conservator for the applicant by reason of a mental defect; has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of a mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity; and has not, within seven (7) years from the date of application, been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm, as defined in T.C.A. § 33-6-14, because of mental illness;
Shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in 18 U.S.C.A. 921 (33);
Shall not be receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental disability;
Shall not have been convicted of the offense of stalking;
The applicant has not been convicted of the offense of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in this or any other State two (2) or more times within ten (10) years from the date of application and that none of such convictions has occurred within five (5) years from the date of application or renewal.


Applicant shall submit proof of the successful completion of a department approved Handgun Safety Course with in the past six (6) months. Call (615) 251-8590 to find out locations and phone numbers of schools near you.
Submit application at one of the twenty-four (24) Driver License Exam Station locations. Appointments are required.
Applicant is required to present a photo ID to the department at the time of filing the application.
Applicant shall be required to be fingerprinted at the time the application is filed with the department.
NOTE: Applicant should consult TCA Chapter 17, Part 13 for information on locations where handguns are prohibited.


Prior to the expiration date on a permit, a permit holder can submit a Renewal Handgun Application at any Driver License Center. Renewals can be submitted up to six months prior to the expiration date.

The fee is $50.00. A background check will be conducted on all applicants. The existing permit will be surrendered and a new permit will be mailed from the Central Handgun Permit Office. Permit Holders may legally carry with the receipt provided from the application.

A Safety Course will not be required to maintain or renew a Handgun Carry Permit after the initial permit is issued.

All expired permit holders will be required to follow the original requirements for a handgun carry permit, including an eight hour safety course, completing a new application, fingerprinting, and $115 application fee.

Note: Any expired permit holders will be required to meet all of the original requirements under T.C.A. Section 39-17-1351.



You will find an application to download and/or print HERE.

By law if you move, you may either simply notify the Department of Safety to change your address on our records, or you may apply for a duplicate handgun carry permit which will have the new address on it. With either option, you are required to give us your new address within 60 days.

To receive a duplicate handgun carry permit with current address:

Call (615) 251-8590, and the handgun permit office will mail you a duplicate application.

Complete the application, and retain the "yellow" copy for your records. You may legally carry your old permit, and the receipt provided from the application (yellow copy). Mail the application and the $5.00 fee payable by check or money order to the following address:

Tennessee Department of Safety
Handgun Permit Office
1150 Foster Ave.
Nashville, Tn 37249-1000

You may also get your duplicate application at any driver license station, and then mail us your application and fees as described above. The driver license office cannot produce the duplicate handgun carry permit.

To change your record with us without having a new handgun carry permit issued:

You have the option to change your record, and not have the address shown on your permit. For information about changing your record, click here.

Original Application $115
Renewal Application $50
Duplicate Application $5
The acceptable method of payment will be cash or certified check. All fees are non-refundable.



Under a reciprocity agreement, a Tennessee permit holder would be able to carry his or her handgun into any other reciprocity state.

Tennessee Handgun Carry Permittees should contact the reciprocity state for information on carrying such handgun prior to entering the reciprocity state.

Tennessee currently has reciprocity agreements with ten states: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.



Applications are received in the Handgun Carry Permit Office, and reviewed

Proper documentation is forwarded to three (3) different agencies: (TBI, FBI, County Sheriff).

Upon a name search approval from TBI, the permit can be issued within ninety (90) days from date of application.

Permit will be valid for four (4) years from date of issue.

The permit shall entitle the permittee to carry any handgun - which the permittee legally owns or possesses.

The permittee shall have the permit in the holder’s immediate possession at all times when carrying a handgun and shall display the permit on demand of a law enforcement officer.


Applications for handgun permits are processed in the following counties at the designated Driver License Stations. Handguns are not permitted in Driver License Stations.
NOTE: An incomplete application cannot be processed

Anderson County (423) 457-3958

Blount County (423) 981-2359

Bradley County (423) 478-0346

Coffee County (931) 723-5066

Davidson County (615) 532-9780

Dyer County (901) 286-8325

Hamblen County (423) 597-7044

Hamilton County (423) 634-3127

Knox County (423) 594-6399

Madison County (731) 423-6622

Maury County (931) 380-2548

Montgomery County (931) 648-5596

Putnam County (931) 528-5669

Roane County (423) 354-1257

Rutherford County (615) 898-8037

Shelby County (901) 543-7920

Sullivan County (423) 279-3250

Sumner County (615) 824-8437

Washington County (423) 926-4911

Williamson County (615) 790-5515

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