The Arizona Concealed Carry Law

13-3112 Concealed Weapons; Qualification; Application; Permit to Carry; Civil Penalty; Report; Applicability

N. An applicant shall demonstrate competence with a firearm through any of the following:

1. Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class that is available to the general public, that is offered by a law enforcement agency, a junior college, a college or a private or public institution, academy, organization or firearms training school and that is approved by the department of public safety or that uses instructors who are certified by the national rifle association.

2. Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Arizona game and fish department or a similar agency of another state.

3. Completion of any national rifle association firearms safety or training course.

4. Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class that is offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies or other divisions or subdivisions of law enforcement or security enforcement and that is approved by the department of public safety.

5. Evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the United States armed forces.

6. A valid current or expired concealed weapon, firearm or handgun permit or license that is issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state and that has a training or testing requirement for initial issuance.

7. Completion of any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualification to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties.

8. Completion of any other firearms safety or training course or class that is conducted by a department of public safety approved or national rifle association certified firearms instructor.

General Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of this state or a United States citizen;
  • be twenty-one years of age or older;
  • not be under indictment for a felony offense;
  • not be convicted of a felony offense, unless the conviction has been expunged, set aside, vacated or pardoned, or the individual’s right to possess firearms has be restored AND the individual must not be a prohibited possessor under state or federal law.
  • not suffer from mental illness and been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
  • not be unlawfully present in the United States
  • complete a firearms safety training program pursuant to ARS §13-3112.N.
ARS 13-3101(7) – Prohibited possessor

means any person –

  • who has been found to constitute a danger to himself or to others or to be persistently or acutely disabled or gravely disabled pursuant to court order under section 36-540, and whose right to possess a firearm has not been restored pursuant to section 13-925;
  • who has been convicted within or without this state of a felony or who has been adjudicated delinquent and whose civil right to possess or carry a gun or firearm has not been restored;
  • who is at the time of possession serving a term of imprisonment in any correctional facility or detention facility;
  • who is at the time of possession serving a term of probation pursuant to a conviction for a domestic violence offense as defined in section 13-3601 or a felony offense, parole, community supervision, work furlough, home arrest or release on any other basis or who is serving a term of probation or parole pursuant to the interstate compact under title 31, chapter 3, article 4;
  • who is an undocumented alien or a nonimmigrant alien traveling with or without documentation in this state for business or pleasure or who is studying in this state and who maintains a foreign residence abroad. This subdivision does not apply to:
    • Non-immigrant aliens who possess a valid hunting license or permit that is lawfully issued by a state in the United States.
    • Non-immigrant aliens who enter the United States to participate in a competitive target shooting event or to display firearms at a sports or hunting trade show that is sponsored by a national, state or local firearms trade organization devoted to the competitive use or other sporting use of firearms.
    • Certain diplomats.
    • Officials of foreign governments or distinguished foreign visitors who are designated by the United States Department of State.
    • Persons who have received a waiver from the United States Attorney General.
United States Code, Title 18, Section 922(d) states “it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person –

  • is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a  crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year:
  • is a fugitive of justice;
  • is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 United States Code 802)
  • has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
  • who, being an alien-
    • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or
    • except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (8 United States Code 1101(a)(26)).
  • who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship;
  • is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child, except that this paragraph shall only apply to a court order that –
    • was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had the opportunity to participate; and
    • expected to cause bodily injury;
    • includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or
    • by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury;  
  • has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

Initial and renewal concealed weapons permit applications are processed by Department of Public Safety Criminal Records Specialists. The application data is entered into our CCW database. Background criminal history checks are performed utilizing several systems:

  • Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS)
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
  • Arizona Crime information Center (ACIC)
  • National Instant Background Check System (NICS)
  • Interstate Identification Index (III)
  • Automatic Fingerprint Information System (AFIS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

It is the Departments policy to deny a concealed weapons permit to any applicant who is considered prohibited possessors in accordance with U.S. Federal 18 U.S.C. § 922 and Arizona State ARS §13-3112, ARS §13-3101(7).
Applicants must complete a firearms safety training program as prescribed by ARS §13-3112(N) and demonstrate competence by providing adequate documentation of completion as prescribed by ARS §13-3112(E).

Concealed weapons permits may be renewed every five years. See renewal procedure.

Applicant Instructions

  1. Determine whether you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapon permit.
  2. Review the provisions contained in Arizona Revised Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 31 which are available on the Arizona State Legislature website utilizing the following link:  http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=13
  3. Contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit to request an application packet which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope.
  4. Using the return envelope provided, send the completed application, adequate documentation which demonstrates firearms safety competence, two complete sets of fingerprints, the appropriate fee in the form of a money order, cashier’s or certified check; payable to the AZ DPS to the CWPU. For a current list of fees click here. Fees are non-refundable.

NOTE: You must utilize the “Applicant” fingerprint cards provided by the Department. Some police agencies provide fingerprinting services for a small fee (DPS does not). Call your local police agencies for inquiries. Regardless of who completes the fingerprinting process for you, the prints must be clear, distinct and classifiable. Do not place tape over the top of the prints!