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Organisation : DC Metropolitan Police Department
Service Name : Applying for a License to Carry a Handgun
Applicable State : Washington, DC, USA
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License to Carry a Handgun

Pursuant to the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Wrenn v. District of Columbia and Grace v. District of Columbia, applicants for a license to carry a concealed handgun in the District of Columbia no longer need to provide a good reason for carrying a handgun.

All other suitability and training requirements as described in the regulations and application must still be met. All forms and information sheets will be updated shortly. In the meantime, if there is a reference to providing a good reason, please disregard.

If your application for a carry license has been previously denied because of a failure to provide a good reason, you may reapply for a license to carry. You will not be charged a fee for this application.

Concealed Carry License Application

Applications to for a Concealed Carry License — both new and renewals — are below.

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Addtionally, you may be able to complete Concealed Carry and HR-218 Renewal Requests ONLINE by visiting the MPD e-Commerce Portal.

Suitability Requirements

** In addition to meeting all of the Eligibility Requirements to Register a Firearm, an individual applying to carry a concealed firearm must meet the follwing suitability requirements:
** Meets all the requirements for a person registering a firearm.
** Completed a firearms training course by an instructor certified by the Chief ( You may apply for an exemption based on previous training within the past 2 years)
** Is not presently an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled dangerous substance, unless the habitual use of a controlled dangerous substance is under licensed medical direction.
** Has not exhibited propensity for violence or instability that may reasonably render a person’s possession of a concealed pistol a danger to the person or another.
** Does not currently suffer nor has suffered in the previous five years from any mental disorder, illness, or condition that creates a substantial risk that he or she is a danger to himself or herself or others.

Prohibited Places to Carry a Concealed Firearm

** Shall not carry a pistol while consuming alcohol or while impaired.
** A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia or its agencies.
** The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot of a childcare facility, preschool, elementary or secondary school, or a public or private college or university.
** A hospital or an office where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided.
** A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house.
** A polling place while voting is occurring.
** A public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system and its stations.
** Any premises where alcohol is served, sold and consumed on the premises (pursuant to license issued under Title 25 of D.C. Code)
** Stadium or Arena
** Public Gathering or special event open to the public when the organizer has provided notice and posted signage prohibiting the carrying of pistols in advance of the gathering or special event.
** The public memorials on the National Mall and along the Tidal Basin, and any area where firearms are prohibited under federal law or by a federal agency, including the U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds.
** The area around the White House ( between Constitution Ave. and H St. and between 15th St. and 17th St. NW)
** The U.S. Naval Observatory and its grounds (from the perimeter of its fence to the curb of Massachusetts Ave. NW from 34th St. south on Massachusetts Ave to Observatory Circle NW)
** When a dignitary or high-ranking official of the United States or a state, local, or foreign government is moving under the protection of the MPD, the U.S Secret Service, the U.S Capitol Police, or other law enforcement agency that does not include a distance greater than 1,000 feet from the moving dignitary. ( provided notice has been given by signs or an officer’s order)
** A Demonstration in a public place (within a perimeter of 1,000 feet designated by a law enforcement agency, and notice has been given by signs or an officer’s order)
** On private residential property unless authorized by the property owner.
** A place of religious worship unless authorized by the owner or authorized agent.
** Non-residential property that is posted with conspicuous signage prohibiting the carrying of a concealed pistol.


Please contact the Firearms Registration Section at (202) 727-4275 with any questions.

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