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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
State Gun Laws
Reciprocity
Protection Act
SCNG Memo
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).
  • Make certain that you also include a $50 money order or cashiers’ check to process your application.
  • If you are a Disabled Veteran, or Retired Law Enforcement you are EXEMPT from paying the $50 fee, but 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. 
Please see: Automated Fingerprinting Registration Instructions 

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 Application Packet 
CWP Instructor New & Renewal Application Form 
CWP Instructor Renewal Memo 
CWP Instructor Lesson Plan (New Optional Topics) (Effective Until August 15, 2021)
CWP Instructor / Student Checklist 
CWP Instructor Memo 
SC IdentoGo Locations List 
IdentoGo Mobile Services Request Form 
Automated Fingerprinting Registration Instructions 


State Gun Laws


OFFENSES INVOLVING WEAPONS
Chapter 23, Title 16, S.C. Code of Laws

FIREARMS
Chapter 31, Title 23, S.C. Code of Laws

SIGN REQUIREMENTS
SECTION 23-31-235, S.C. Code of Laws



Please note the above images are not sized in accordance with statutory requirements and should be used as visual representation only. These images are not suitable for printing or use as actual signage. Please review Section 23-31-235 of the S.C. Code of Laws for sign requirements.



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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What States will honor a South Carolina CWP?

The following map is a tool for South Carolinians to use in determining if another state recognizes and allows for concealed carry in that state based upon possession of a valid South Carolina Concealed Carry Permit. Please know this list is subject to frequent change and may not be current. Furthermore, SLED only provides this map as a tool and not as replacement for contacting the proper legal authorities in another state to ascertain if a South Carolina CWP will be honored. Lastly, all South Carolina CWP holders are subject to any and all laws and regulations as promulgated by any other state when concealed carrying in any other jurisdiction.

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Protection of Persons and Property Act


The stated intent of the legislation is to codify the common law castle doctrine, which recognizes that a person’s home is his castle, and to extend the doctrine to include an occupied vehicle and the person’s place of business. This bill authorizes the lawful use of deadly force under certain circumstances against an intruder or attacker in a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle. The bill provides that there is no duty to retreat if (1) the person is in a place where he has a right to be, including the person’s place of business, (2) the person is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and (3) the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent death, great bodily injury, or the commission of a violent crime. A person who lawfully uses deadly force is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action, unless the person against whom deadly force was used is a law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his official duties and he identifies himself in accordance with applicable law or the person using deadly force knows or reasonably should have known the person is a law enforcement officer.

H.4301 (R412) was signed by the Governor on June 9, 2006.



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