Concealed Weapons Permit

Take the following steps to obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit in the County of Powhatan.

Complete the Application

Fill out the State Police Application Click here for application
  • We are pleased to announce that we are providing hard plastic Concealed Handgun Permits. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, the cost to apply or renew is $45.00.  If you are a current permit holder and would like to upgrade to the plastic card the cost is $5.00, please stop by our office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021, you must complete an in-person firearms training course that demonstrates your competence with a handgun for initial permits only (i.e., Firearms Training Certificate, Hunter Safety Training Certificate, Military Discharge Papers DD214, copy of a previous Concealed Handgun Permit).
  • For renewals, please include a copy of your Drivers License and your Concealed Handgun Permit.

Submit the Application

Mail or deliver the application to the Powhatan Circuit Court Clerk's Office with a $45 check along with proof of a firearms training course or a copy of your current permit and a copy of your driver's license. Please note fingerprints are no longer required.

You can now submit your application online using the following link:

Powhatan County Clerk of Circuit Court Online Concealed Handgun Permit Application (

Criminal History Record Check

The Clerk’s Office will submit the completed application to the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office for completion of a criminal history record check.

Approval or Denial of Permit

Once the Sheriff has completed the criminal history record check, the Clerk or Judge will sign an order approving or denying the permit.
  • If your permit is approved, the Clerk’s Office will issue your permit.
  • If your permit is denied, you are entitled to an ore tenus hearing within 21 days.

Receiving the Permit

After the permit is approved, the Clerk’s Office will then mail you the signed permit.
  • It should take about 45 days upon receipt from the Sheriff's Department.
  • If it has been more than 45 days, please call the Clerk's Office and we will inform you of your permit status.