One of the most frequently asked questions to Stafford County Government is “How do I get a concealed handgun permit.” The answer is by applying, showing proof of residency and firearms training, and paying a fee. It is important to note that Stafford does not facilitate the permits: the state manages the program through the Court System. A permit is acquired by applying in person at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office for a first-time applicant or via mail or by mail or in-person for renewals.
First-time Applicant Process
The whole process is outlined on Stafford’s website at www.staffordcountyva.gov/concealed.
- Official Form - The first step is to print out the SP-248 Concealed Handgun Permit Application and complete it. You may also access a hard copy of the application at the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the courthouse.
- Official Identification - Next, you must provide a valid form of photo ID issued by a governmental agency of the Commonwealth, by the U.S. Dept. of Defense or U.S. State Dept. (passport) and proof of residency if valid identification does not reflect Stafford County address.
- Proof of Firearms Training – You must prove completion of a firearms safety or training class. There are detailed descriptions of what is acceptable on the webpage.
- Fee – The fee for the permit is $43, and it may be by cash, check or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Court.
The entire process takes a few weeks, and the permit arrives by mail. It is good for five years. It is essential to renew online before the permit expires.
Both in-person renewal and mail renewal involve downloading the SP-248 form and checking the renewal box. You must provide a copy of your current concealed handgun permit, a copy of your current valid photo identification and proof of residency if your identification does not reflect a Stafford County address.