Delaware requires a person to be 18 years old in order to apply for a CCDW permit. Furthermore, persons must provide evidence of good moral standing. While Delaware is a may issue state officially, it is a shall issue state in practice. Applicants for a concealed carry permit should submit their application to the principal clerk of the county in which they reside. Competency training is required for issuance of a CCDW, and cannot be completed solely online. A fee of $65 is due at the time the application is submitted. Permits are valid for 3 years, and subsequent renewals are valid for 5 years. Non resident temporary permits may be issued to persons who are employed within the state, and are valid for 30 days from issuance. No more than 3 temporary permits may be issued to any individual. Anyone with a Delaware CCDW can carry concealed in 29 other states.
This information was last updated in January 2019.
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Delaware Concealed Carry By The Numbers
Average Cost in Dollars
# of States That Accept DE License
# of Years Valid*
# of Days To Get A Permit*
Reciprocity Map for Delaware
Use the tabs below to display states that will accept an Delaware concealed carry permit or those states that Delaware will honor. Click the sections below for a complete listing of states in each category, along with other relevant information.
States That Honor Delaware Concealed Carry
- Alaska – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Also honors state issued concealed carry permit.
- Arizona – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Also honors state issued concealed carry permit.
- Colorado – Resident Permit ONLY
- Florida – Resident Permit ONLY
- Kansas – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Also honors state issued concealed carry permit.
- Mississippi – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Also honors state issued concealed carry permit.
- Missouri – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Also honors state issued concealed carry permit.
- New Hampshire – Must be of legal age to carry, and state ID required. Does NOT Honor state issued concealed carry permit.
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Delaware Will Honor The Following States
- Idaho – Enhanced Permit ONLY
- North Carolina
- North Dakota – Class 1 Permit ONLY
- South Dakota – Enhanced Permit ONLY
- West Virginia
How To Apply for a Delaware Concealed Carry License
Can I get a concealed carry permit in Delaware?
Deleware is a may issue state, but in practice is a shall issue state. Any person who is not prohibited from owning a firearm can obtain a concealed carry permit.
What is the minimum age to obtain a CCW license in DE?
Delaware requires applicants to meet certain standards in order to obtain a concealed carry permit. Chief among these is that the applicant be “A person of full age and good moral character.” Delaware defines full age as someone who is 18 years old.
Proof of good moral character requires a certificate of 5 respectable citizens attesting to the age, moral character, and sobriety of the applicant.
Who issues a concealed carry permit in Delaware?
Applications for a concealed carry permit in Delaware must be submitted to the Prothonotary (principal clerk) of the county in which they reside.
How long is a Delaware concealed carry permit good for?
Upon approval, the initial permit is good for a period of 3 years, and will expire on June 1 of the third year. However, subsequent renewals are valid for a term of 5 years.
Does DE issue concealed permits to non-residents?
Delaware requires residency to obtain a concealed carry license. In theory, Delaware will issue temporary concealed permits to non-residents. However, there are limitations to temporary permits. Temporary permits are valid for 30 days from issuance, are dependent upon employment within the state, and no more than 3 temporary licenses may be issued to an individual.
How long does it take to process a concealed carry application?
Delaware code does not place limits on the time it will take to process a concealed carry permit. However, according to the Delaware courts website (see excerpt below) the Attorney General may file a response within 30 days of referral.
“Attorney General may investigate whether the approval of the application will constitute a risk to the public peace and safety. The Attorney General may file a response with the Court within 30 days of the referral.“
Furthermore, other steps in the application process my hinder the approval of any submitted CCDW application.
- Publish application at least 10 days prior to filing
- Fingerprints must be taken within 45 days of filing
- Enrollment in firearms training within 90 days of CCDW approval if not yet completed
Despite this, my research seems to indicate that the actual time frame for approval appears to be between 3-6 months, depending on county of application.
How much does a concealed carry permit cost?
A fee of $65 shall be made to the Prothonotary at the time the application is filed. Subsequent renewals are also $65.
What are the accepted forms of competency training?
Delaware requires a training component for the issuance of a CCDW. A full list of training course requirements can be found in the relevant code. However, it is worth noting that any course that can be completed online only is not accepted. Delaware requires a minimum of 100 rounds of live fire exercises conducted on a firing range to be accepted.
Restrictions on Carrying A Firearm in Delaware
Is Delaware an Open Carry State?
Nothing in the Delaware state code prohibits the open carry of a firearm, with or without a CCDW.
Can I Conceal Carry in a Vehicle?
Persons with a CCDW permit are permitted to carry a firearm in a vehicle. However, it is unclear whether possession of a firearm in a vehicle is considered concealed. Although, the codes states that any persons is “[…]guilty of carrying a concealed deadly weapon when the person carries concealed a deadly weapon upon or about the person without a license to do so[…]”
Can I Conceal Carry in State Parks?
Delaware allows persons with appropriate documentation to carry concealed in state parks. However, certain areas are prohibited even with a CCDW. For a full listing see the below code.
Am I Allowed To Conceal Carry In Restaurants?
Delaware does allow persons to carry concealed in restaurants with a CCDW permit. However, it is unlawful to be under the influence of alcohol and possess a firearm. Review the full code for a complete description.
Can I Conceal Carry in a Church?
Places of worship are not expressly listed as places where concealed carry is prohibited. However, the code does expressly forbid the carrying of concealed firearms on property deemed as “Safe School and Recreation Zone.”
Review the following code for a full explanation. But, the following excerpts are the most applicable to conceal carry on church property.
“[…]leased or rented by any public or private school including, but not limited to, any kindergarten, elementary, secondary or vocational-technical school or any college or university[…]“
“[…]or by any private organization, which is utilized as a recreation center, athletic field or sports stadium.“
The law therefore could be interpreted that any “Sunday School” activities could be utilized to classify the property as a “Safe School and Recreation Zone.”
It is highly advisable that you obey any posted signage, and if there is any doubt, confirm your ability to carry concealed with the property owner.
Can I Conceal Carry in a Bank?
Financial institutions are not expressly listed under Delaware state code as places where concealed carry is prohibited. It also does not appear to be subject to the potential restrictions of the “Safe School and Recreation Zone” code. However, it is recommended that you obey any posted signage.
Can I Conceal Carry in a Hospital?
There is nothing in Delaware code that prevents licensed individuals from carrying a concealed weapon in a hospital or medical facility. If the hospital is used in whole, or in part, for educational purposes it may fall under the “Safe School and Recreation Zone” restrictions. Furthermore, no distinction is made about whether internships would designate hospitals as a “Safe School or Recreation Zone.”
It is recommended that you review the following code to see if it applies. Contact the medical facility in question for clarification. As always, it is recommended to follow any posted signage.
The content of this page is for informational purposes. It is not intended as a substitute for legal council, or intended as legal advice. It is recommended that you inquire with the state about the validity of the information contained herein.