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
Frequently Asked Questions
SLED Guidance on wearing masks with a CWP - As of 06/25/2020


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 2019

Active Permits as of January 1, 2019...........492,646
Permits Issued in 2019....................................84,097
Permits Applications Denied in 2019...............1,706
Permits Revoked in 2019.................................1,095


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 
Concealed Weapons 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.



CWP Frequently Asked Questions


Listed below, are some of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permits (CWPs). If you have a CWP question, please review this list. If your question is not answered, please contact SLED Regulatory Services. Please note that SLED Regulatory Services does not provide legal advice, legal interpretations, or legal opinions of any kind. If your question involves anything not specifically addressed in state law, you are encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney.


If your question is not addressed below, you may email your specific question to CWPQuestions@sled.sc.gov and a member of our team will respond to your question as soon as possible.


Most applicants must first attend required training through a certified South Carolina CWP instructor. A listing of  instructors  is available on the SLED website under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. Your selected instructor will help you navigate through the remainder of the CWP application process.

Although processing times vary greatly depending on current demand and type of application, by state law SLED has 90 days to process and issue permits. If you applied more than 90 days ago and still have not received your permit or notification advising why you have not received it, please contact SLED Regulatory Services by emailing CWPQuestions@sled.sc.gov.

Yes. Here is a link to complete your SCCWP renewal online: Once you have accessed the SCCWP renewal link provided by IdentoGo you will have the option to update your address to your most current and continue initiating the processing of the renewal of your SCCWP. Through the IdentoGo website you will be able to request a renewal of your SCCWP, upload a current copy of your SCDL, or submit any other required documentation, and pay the $50 required to SLED.

From the SLED website, please click the online link within the “SLED CWP” box in the top right corner of the home page . Please carefully read the instructions provided, and follow the prompts to renew your permit. You will be able to apply on-line, so long as your CWP has not been expired for more than (18) months.

You may request a replacement CWP online via this link: Once you have accessed the SCCWP Duplicate/Renewal link provided by IdentoGo you will have the option to update your information as intended, pay the $5 fee required to process the transaction, and SLED will be prompted to update your information as requested in our system and then will print your new credential and mail it to you. Once received please shred/destroy your old credential. If you would like to complete a paper Duplicate/Replacement , you may do so by following the directions stated on the form provided.

Processing times for CWP replacements range anywhere from 45 to 90 days, but statutorily SLED has (90) days to process the request. To expedite your request, you can submit it electronically through the link provided for the IdentoGo website, pay the $5 fee required to process the transaction, and SLED will be prompted to complete your request in our system and then will print your new credential and mail it to you. Once received please shred/destroy your old credential. If you would like to complete a paper Duplicate/Replacement , you may do so by following the directions stated on the form provided.

While you are encouraged to maintain familiarity and proficiency with the firearm you intend to carry with your CWP, retraining is not mandated by state law upon expiration. However, you will need to mail in an application as renewing online is not possible if the permit has been expired for more than 18 months then you MUST submit a paper renewal form and copy of your current SCDL.

In accordance with state law, you must surrender your permit to SLED. You may mail it to SLED CWP, PO Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221. Please include a note indicating you have moved out of the state, and SLED will update your information accordingly.

No. South Carolina law does not permit the transfer of permits from other states. You will need to attend CWP training through a certified South Carolina CWP instructor. A listing of instructors is available on the SLED website under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. Your selected instructor will help you navigate through the remainder of the CWP application process.

The application can be found under the Concealed Weapons Permit section of the SLED website.

This information is not needed on a CWP renewal application and can be left blank.

In accordance with S.C. Code Ann. 23-31-210(g), members of the National Guard are exempt from the CWP Training; however, proof of current military service is required to be submitted along with the application as well as the following required items:
  • Copy of South Carolina driver’s license and a copy of your current government issued military identification card.
  • Two sets of fully completed, legible fingerprint cards
  • $50 application fee (must be certified check, cashier’s check, or money order)
  • Must have SCNG written on the top of the application, and mailed to:
  • SLED Regulatory Services
  • Attn: CWP/SCNG
  • PO Box 21398
  • Columbia, S.C. 29221

  • No. Disabled veterans are exempt by state law from paying the CWP fee. Please include a letter from the VA certifying your disability, along with your application and other required- documents, including a VA card showing that you are indeed Service Connected. There is no minimum percentage of disability required to be fee exempt.

    Retired/former military members must complete only the legal aspects portion of the CWP training by a certified South Carolina CWP instructor. A listing of instructors is available on the SLED website, which is under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. You are only required to submit a copy of your (DD 214) along with your application to qualify. Your selected instructor will help you navigate through the remainder of the CWP application process.

    In accordance with South Carolina State law, active duty military and members of the reserve, or National Guard members are exempt from all CWP training. However, you will need to submit a CWP application, two fingerprint cards, proof of military service, permanent change of station orders, a copy of your driver’s license, and the required $50 application fee to SLED, PO Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221Please check the appropriate box at the top of the application to ensure proper processing.

    If you are retired from a law enforcement agency and have not maintained any type of certification or commission; or used to be a law enforcement officer who completed a state or federal training academy, you only need to complete the legal aspects portion of the CWP training by a certified South Carolina CWP instructors. You are only required to submit a copy of your LEO training certificate with your application to qualify. Also, you are exemptfrom paying the $50 fee. A listing of instructors is available on the SLED website under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab. Your selected instructor will help you navigate through the remainder of the CWP application process. If you still maintain a retired (HR-218) certification, you are exempt from training and are also exempt from the processing fee.

    No. By state law, retired law enforcement officers are exempt from paying the CWP application fee. Please include a letter from the retirement/pension authority from which you receive benefits along with the application and other required documents.

    You may access a listing of the states that South Carolina has reciprocity with, and the laws regarding those states via the SLED website, under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab.

    Please visit the South Carolina Legislature’s website, particularly S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-20, for more information on where you may carry a firearm in South Carolina.

    “Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 16-23-20(9) (A)-(B), the weapon must be “(a) secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle; however, this item is not violated if the glove compartment, console, or trunk is opened in the presence of a law enforcement officer for the sole purpose of retrieving a driver’s license, registration, or proof of insurance. If the person also may secure his weapon under a seat in a vehicle, or in any open or closed storage compartment within the vehicle’s passenger compartment; or (b) concealed on or about his person, and he has a valid concealed weapons permit pursuant to the Provisions of Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23.”

    Pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 23-31-210(5), “Concealable weapon,” means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self-defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property. Tasers, pepper spray, and/or any other weapon not included in the definition above are not regulated by SLED.”

    If you are no longer a resident of SC, but retain ownership of property in SC, then you will need to change to a non-resident permit. Please complete a Duplicate/Replacement Form & a Real Propety Tax Form (which needs to be completed by the county tax assessor’s office). Once you have completed both forms submit them with a copy of your new driver’s license and the $5 fee (in the form of a certified check or money order), for processing. You also have the option of submitting this request online. Using the SC CWP Duplicate/Renewal linkprovided by IdentoGo you have the option to update your information as intended, pay the $5 fee required to process the transaction, and SLED will be prompted to update your information as requested in our system and then will print your new credential and mail it to you. Once received please shred/destroy your old credential. If you would like to complete a paper Duplicate/Replacement Form, you may do so by following the directions stated on the form provided.  Also, please email a jpeg photo to cwpappdocuments@sled.sc.gov, so that we can create your new non-resident credential.

    Your training is good for three (3) years from the date of the training. SLED must receive the application and required documents prior to the expiration of the training certificate. If the application is not received within the time frame you will need to complete the training again.

    To qualify for a Non-Resident South Carolina Concealed Weapon Permit you must own real property in the state, and it needs to be registered under the specific SCCWP applicant applying name. To qualify you must complete the SC Concealed Weapons Permit class provided by a registered South Carolina SLED certified instructor. They will assist you in completing the application and advise you on the forms required for submission. In addition to the application requirements please submit a Non-Resident Real Property Tax form completed by the tax assessor in the county that the property is located. A listing of certified CWP instructors  and the Real Propety Tax Form  are available on the SLED website under the Concealed Weapons Permit Program tab.  Also, please email a jpeg photo to cwpappdocuments@sled.sc.gov, so that we can create your new non-resident credential.

    If your question is not addressed above, you may email your specific question to CWPQuestions@sled.sc.gov and a member of our team will respond to your question as soon as possible.


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