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New Application

Begin here to submit an application for a new Wisconsin Concealed Carry weapon license.

To complete this application you will be required to upload a copy of your training documents as proof of training. Acceptable file formats for the training documents are .jpg, .jpeg, and .pdf.

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License requirements include:
  1. Applicant is at least 21 years of age.
  2. Applicant is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law.
  3. Applicant is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm.
  4. Applicant is a Wisconsin resident as indicated by a current and valid Wisconsin driver's license or identification card or is active military stationed in Wisconsin.
  5. Applicant can provide adequate proof of training as required by law.

An approved concealed weapon license is valid for a five-year period. The fee is $40 and is non-refundable. This amount includes the application fee of $30 and the background check fee of $10. For payment you will be directed to an online payment feature to complete your application.

175.60(4) TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.(a)The proof of training requirement may be met by any of the following:
  1. A copy of a document, or an affidavit from an instructor or organization that conducted the course or program, that indicates the individual completed any of the following:
    1. The hunter education program established under s. 29.591 or a substantially similar program that is established by another state, country, or province.
    2. A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors.
    3. A firearms safety or training course that is available to the public and is offered by a law enforcement agency or, if the course is taught by an instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or by the department, by a technical college, a college or a university, a private or public institution or organization, or a firearms training school.
    4. A firearms safety or training course offered to law enforcement officers or owners and employees of licensed private detective and security agencies.
    5. A firearms safety or training course that is conducted by a firearms instructor who is certified by a national or state organization that certifies firearms instructors or who is certified by the department.
  2. Documentation that the individual completed military, law enforcement, or security training that gave the individual experience with firearms that is substantially equivalent to a course or program under subd. 1.
  3. A current or expired license, or a photocopy of a current or expired license, that the individual holds or has held that indicates that the individual is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state or in another state or in a county or municipality of this state or of another state unless the license has been revoked for cause. You must complete form DJLE-289 and include it with a copy of the license.
  4. Documentation of completion of small arms training while serving in the U.S. armed forces, reserves, or National Guard as demonstrated by an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions or a certificate of completion of basic training with a service record of successful completion of small arms training and certification.
Jus 17.03(7) Firearms safety or training coursemeans a course of instructor-led training that provides a certificate or affidavit of successful completion that includes the items specified in s.Jus17.05(2)(a) and that, at a minimum, instructs on, and practices the student's comprehension of, firearm safety rules;safe firearm and ammunition use, handling, transport, and storage;legally permissible possession, transportation, and use of firearms, including use of deadly force;and techniques for avoiding and controlling violent confrontations.
Jus 17.03(8) Instructor-ledmeans training that is conducted face-to-face individually or in groups,with an instructor-student ratio that does not exceed 50 students per instructor and in which instructors actively guide students through each lesson, answer questions, facilitate discussion, and provide feedback on activities and assignments.Learner-led or self-directed learning-the delivery of learning experiences to independent learners who lead and manage their own presentations, or similar methods-is not instructor-led.
Jus17.03(12) National or state organization that certifies firearm instructors means any association. partnership, corporation, or limited liability company that is registered, certified, or has an appointed agent on file with the department of financial institutions or has equivalent legal recognition in another state;that customarily or regularly provides training and certification for firearms instructors; and that requires its certified instructors to demonstrate the ability and knowledge required to teach a firearms safety or training course,as defined in s.Jus17.03(7).
Jus 17.05(2) A certificate or affidavit documenting that the applicant has successfully completed a firearms safety or training must include all of the following:
  1. The applicant's name;
  2. The name of the firearms safety or training course;
  3. The date on which the applicant completed the firearms safety or training course;
  4. The name of the instructor who taught the firearms safety or training course to the applicant and the name of the agency or organization that certified the instructor;
  5. The certificate or affidavit must also include evidence that the course completed was a firearms safety or training course as defined in Jus 17.03(7). Sufficient evidence consists of one of the following:
    1. A signed statement by the instructor who taught the firearms safety and training course affirming that the course met the specifications as defined in Jus 17.03(7);
    2. Information on the certificate or affidavit sufficient to establish that the course met the specifications as defined in Jus 17.03(7). The department has provided a model training certificate for this purpose at:http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/training-requirements
    3. A signed statement by the applicant that the course met the specifications as defined in Jus 17.03(7), see question # 17 on the application.


Possession and Display of License: At all times during which a person is carrying a concealed weapon, the licensee shall have with them their concealed weapon license AND their photographic identification card (driver license or identification card). Both the license and identification shall be displayed to a law enforcement officer upon request.

Suspension or Revocation of License: Court action against a license holder may constitute grounds for suspension or revocation of a license to carry a concealed weapon. If a license is suspended or revoked, the licensee must return said license personally or by certified mail within seven (7) days of suspension or revocation to the DOJ at the address found on page one.

Lost or Destroyed License: If a license is lost or destroyed, the licensee may request a replacement by submitting a completed replacement request form and a $12 fee, along with any remaining portions of the license to the DOJ at the address found on page one. If the license was lost or destroyed making it impossible to return, your existing license will be cancelled and must be returned if found at a later time. The replacement license request form can be found at: License Replacement.

Change of Address: The Department of Justice must be notified in writing of any change of address on the part of any licensee within thirty (30) days. You must submit a completed change of address notification form available at: Address Change.

Weapons Permitted with License: s. 175.60(1)(j), Wis. Stats.: “Weapon” means a handgun, an electric weapon, as defined in s. 941.295(1c)(a), or a billy club.

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