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How old do you have to be to obtain a concealed carry license in Kansas?

  • Kansas law requires ALL persons to be at least 18 years of age to become licensed to carry a concealed firearm. 
  • There are no exceptions to the age requirement for obtaining a Kansas concealed carry handgun license (CCHL)

How much does it cost to apply for a Kansas CCHL?

  • The application fee is a total of $132.50
    • $32.50 payable to the Atchison County Sheriff's Office. Only a money order, personal check, or cashier's check will be accepted &
    • $100.00 payable to the "Office of the Attorney General (OAG)". Only a money order, personal check, or cashier's check will be accepted.

Additional application and licensure costs may include, but not be limited to:

  • The 8-hour training course costs an applicant approximately $100 - but that price will vary by instructor and is set at the instructor's discretion. (See Training below)
  • The Department of Revenue (KDOR) charges a fee of approximately $16 for issuance of the physical CCHL.

How long is a Kansas CCHL valid?

  • Four (4) years from the date of approval unless surrendered, suspended, or revoked.
  • What does the actual CCHL look like?
    • Per K.S.A. 75-7c03, a Kansas CCHL is issued as a separate license card. The CCHL appears similar to a Kansas driver's license or identification card (DL/ID), but has "Concealed Carry License" clearly printed at the top with an expiration date that may not match the DL/ID.
    • Licenses for those aged 18-20 at the time of application will say "Provisional Concealed Carry License" until the license is renewed. K.S.A. 75-7c08.

Where is the actual CCHL obtained?

  • Selected KDOR driver's license stations.
  • Approved applicants will receive a "license approval notice" from the OAG. This notice must be taken to a participating KDOR station in order to be photographed for the CCHL card. The KDOR station will charge a fee to generate the CCHL.
  • A paper version of the CCHL is issued by KDOR, just like obtaining a Kansas DL/ID. The physical CCHL card will then be mailed to the licensee within 45 days.

Is there any training required to receive a CCHL?

  • Yes. All CCHL applicants must successfully complete training approved by the OAG before they may obtain a Kansas CCHL. See K.S.A. 75-7c04(b) & (c).
  • The OAG may accept prior handgun training in order to meet the training requirement. Options include:
    • Handgun training course completed in a jurisdiction other than Kansas which is determined to be "equal to or greater than" the training required by Kansas law (see note below).
    • Kansas recognizes prior handgun training for a retired law enforcement officer (LEO) if retired less than 8 years. See K.S.A. 75-7c05. If a current service LEO desires a Kansas CCHL, the LEO's prior handgun training can be counted as a substitute for the Kansas 8-hour training course.
    • Military training may be accepted for military police officers. Standard military training for those other than military police does not meet the Kansas training requirements.
    • Kansas recognizes the handgun training taken by current Department of Corrections officers, parole officers or Federal Bureau of Prisons officers if completed within the past 12 months. See K.S.A. 75-7c05.

NOTE: Kansas law states prior handgun training that is "equal to or greater than" that of Kansas must include, "at a minimum, the applicant to: (i) Receive instruction on the laws of self-defense; and (ii) demonstrate training and competency in the safe handling, storage and actual firing of handguns." K.S.A. 75-7c04(c)(2)(A). Proof of training must be submitted with the application, such as a certificate or course syllabus which outlines that the required elements were covered. Once submitted, the OAG's CCLU will review prior handgun training courses to determine their compliance. Online training will not be accepted.