Eligibility Requirements

Qualifications That Must Be Met Before Applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (Enhanced or Concealed)


  • Must not have a Felony conviction and not currently under indictment for a felony
  • Must not have a Charge pending for Domestic Violence and never been convicted of Domestic Violence
  • Must not be a fugitive from justice
  • Must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
  • Must not be an illegal alien or unlawfully in the United States
  • Has not renounced their United States citizenship
  • Does not have an Order of Protection or a restraining order filed against them
  • Not an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance or controlled substance analogue
  • Not a patient in a rehabilitation program and have not been hospitalized for alcohol, controlled substance or controlled substance analogue within ten (10) years (if court ordered) or 3 years (if voluntary)
  • Must not have had two (2) convictions for DUI in ten (10) years, with one of those being within the last five (5) years
  • Not currently under the jurisdiction of the court for a DUI or any other Class A Misdemeanor conviction
  • Has not been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to/or hospitalized in a mental institution
  • Has not had a court appoint a conservator for me by reason of mental defect
  • Has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity
  • Has not been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm, because of mental illness within seven (7) years from the date of application
  • Has not been convicted of stalking and have no pending charge(s) for Stalking
  • Not receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence, or mental disability
  • Applicants are required to be a resident of the state of Tennessee
  • Be at leasteighteen (18) years of age.

The information on this page is originally published on the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security website located at: https://www.tn.gov/safety/tnhp/handgun/eligibilityrequirements.html