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Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP)



CWP Contact
CWP (New, Renewal, or Replacements) Process
CWP Forms
CWP Statistics
CWP Instructor Listing
CWP Instructor Section
Reciprocity
Applicants Privacy Requirements


CWP Contacts


Office
803.896.7015


CWP New, Renewal, or Replacements Online


NOTICE

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) implemented a new Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) system on May 1st, 2018. SLED in partnership with IdentoGo by IDEMIA, has developed the SLED EasyPath system. This streamlined system allows SLED to process CWP's as required by statute, while offering applicants a new online renewal process and adding a new online permit replacement feature as well.

In the next phase, SLED will implement a new online CWP registration and electronic fingerprinting capture system that will be available starting January 8th, 2019. This phase will allow applicants for a NEW SC CWP to begin the application online and set up an appointment at an available IdentoGo site. At the IdentoGo site they can submit their CWP application documentation and have their fingerprints taken and sent to SLED electronically. SLED will continue to process all submitted applications received from the IdentoGo appointments made online and any applications made by mail.

If you wish to continue to schedule your NEW CWP application onsite appointment, start an online permit renewal or replacement application, please click this link, but if you wish to submit a paper application and mail directly to SLED, please click here.

*** To change or cancel an existing appointment, please click here and select the section "To Look Up or Change an Existing Appointment" ***.


CWP New or Renewal by Mail


Guide for completing a new or renewal CWP paper application.

  • Mark the box that applies to your situation (Disabled Veteran, Retired/Former Military, Active Military, Retired Law Enforcement, or Active Law Enforcement).
  • For a new application, enter new in the Applicant Type space and leave the CWP number space blank.
  • If renewing, enter Renewal in Applicant Type space and write your CWP number in the space provided.
  • Fill in your full name (Last name, first name, middle name, suffix).
  • Fill in your residential address (where you live currently).
  • Fill in your mailing address (where you would like your permit mailed once ready).
  • Fill in your social security number, driver license number and your alien number (if you have one).
  • Fill in your date and place of birth in the space provided (state is fine).
  • Fill in your race, sex, height (ex: 6'2"), weight, eye color, and hair color.
  • Fill in your home phone, business phone, cell phone, and email (not all are needed to process your application.
  • If you are a new CWP applicant, you will need to submit all of the proper documentation along with your application. Please see the FAQs for any questions concerning the proper documents that are needed.
  • If you are a new CWP applicant, we will need (2) completed and signed fingerprint cards submitted along with your application.
  • If you are filling out a renewal application, you DO NOT have to submit any fingerprint cards.
  • If you are filling out a renewal application, you DO NOT have to fill in your training date, instructor cert. number, or student number as it is NOT needed to complete your renewal application.
  • If you are filling out a renewal application, you DO NOT need to have an instructor signature or date (as you are just renewing your permit).
  • 14. Check the appropriate boxes indicating South Carolina residence status, required training completion, and federal applicable question(s).
  • 15. Sign and date your new and/or renewal application at the bottom of the application in the space provided.
  • Make certain to also provide a copy of your current South Carolina driver license (making certain that it is current & the address that you have listed on the application you filled out matches such).
  • If you are a Disabled Veteran, or Retired Law Enforcement you must provide documentation proving such status.
  • Please mail your renewal to the address provided below, and mark it as noted:

    SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
    Attention CWP Renewal PO Box 21398 Columbia, SC 29221

  • The link for the CWP paper new and renewal application is below:



CWP Forms









CWP Statistics


Concealed Weapon Permit Statistics for 2020

Active Permits on December 31, 2020……………………………………. 418,828
Permits Issued in 2020…………………………………………………….. 105,868
Permit Applications Denied in 2020………………………………………. 2,733
Permits Revoked in 2020………………………………………………….. 1,221
Total Historical CWP Applications and Permits on December 31, 2020…. 561,416


Instructor Section


The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) implemented a new Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP) system on May 1st, 2018. SLED in partnership with IdentoGo by IDEMIA, has developed the SLED EasyPath system. This streamlined system allows SLED to process CWP's as required by statute, while offering applicants a new online renewal process and adding a new online permit replacement feature as well.

In the next phase, SLED will implement a new online CWP registration and electronic fingerprinting capture system that will be available starting January 8th, 2019. This phase will allow applicants for a NEW SC CWP to begin the application online and set up an appointment at an available IdentoGo site. At the IdentoGo site they can submit their CWP application documentation and have their fingerprints taken and sent to SLED electronically. SLED will continue to process all submitted applications received from the IdentoGo appointments made online and any applications made by mail. 
 

If your students wish to continue to schedule their NEW CWP application onsite appointment, or start an online permit renewal, or permit replacement application then they should click this link, but if they wish to submit a paper application and mail it directly to SLED , then they should click here

*Please let your students know that they can begin a new CWP application online and schedule an appointment with an Idemia physical location where they will have their fingerprints taken and submit their application documents. Idemia will submit their documents electronically to SLED and SLED will process the application and review the applicants's backgrounds. If they have any questions, they should call the SLED Regulatory Department office directly at: 
803-896-7015 


Instructor Forms
CWP Instructor New & Renewal Application Form 
CWP Instructor Renewal Memo 
CWP Instructor Lesson Plan (New Topics and Course of Fire) with NOTICE (08.06.21).pdf
CWP Instructor / Student Checklist 
CWP Instructor Memo 
SC IdentoGo Locations List 
 


Reciprocity


What States CWP will South Carolina honor?

Residents of the below listed states who hold permits issued by their states of residence may carry concealed in South Carolina. Accordingly, all permit holders must abide by South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit Laws at all times. As such, please familiarize yourself with restricted carry locations and other pertinent provisions of South Carolina Gun Laws, links to which can also be found on this website. Lastly, please know that South Carolina does not authorize anyone under the age of 21 to carry concealed in this state, regardless of whether your state is on the list of states provided in this section.


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