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CCDW Frequently Asked Questions

What is the effective date of the carry concealed weapon law?

October 1, 1996

What is the license fee?

Sixty dollars (Retired police officers and active police officers currently certified as a peace officer by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council are exempt from the payment for the CCDW license following the date of their retirement.)  (2 checks must be made), Forty dollars to KSP and twenty dollars to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department.

What is the renewal fee?

Sixty dollars for each five year renewal.

How long is the license valid?

Five years from the date of issuance.

Is there a fine if I do not have my carry concealed deadly weapon license in my possession?

Yes, failure on the part of the license holder to have in his possession the CCDW license when carrying a concealed firearm or deadly weapon will result in a non-criminal violation punishable by a $25.00 fine plus court costs.

For what reasons would a license be denied, suspended or revoked?

An application may be denied, or a license revoked or suspended, for any of the following:

  • Conviction of a felony.

  • Conviction of two DUIs within the past three years.

  • Conviction of fourth degree assault within the past three years.

  • Conviction of terroristic threatening within the past three years.

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a controlled substance within the past three years.

  • Conviction of a crime of domestic violence.

  • Commitment for alcohol or drug abuse within the past three years.

  • Adjudication as an incompetent within the past three years.

  • An active emergency protective order or domestic violence order.

What weapons are covered under the CCDW permit?
  • Any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or serious physical injury, may be discharged.

  • Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.

  • Billy, nightstick, or club.

  • Blackjack or slapjack.

  • Nunchaku karate sticks.

  • Shiriken or death star.

  • Artificial knuckles made from plastic, or other similar hard material.

How can I legally carry a gun in my vehicle without a CCDW permit?

KRS 527.020 - "A deadly weapon shall not be deemed concealed on or about the person if it is located in a glove compartment, regularly installed in a motor vehicle by its manufacturer regardless of whether said compartment is locked, unlocked, or does not have a locking mechanism."

I am a Peace Officer from another state, can I carry my weapon concealed?

Only when necessary for your protection in the discharge of official duties. You may carry the weapon in your glove compartment.

I have recently moved, how do I notify the State Police of my new address?

Within thirty days after the changing of a permanent address you may fill out a form at your county Sheriff Office. The address will be changed and a new CCDW permit will be generated.

How will I be notified when it is time to renew my CCDW permit?

Ninety days prior to the expiration date of the license, a written notice of expiration and a renewal form shall be mailed to each licensee. The renewal form then shall be taken to your county Sheriff Office, along with a new photograph and fee.

How can I find a certified instructor for the required training class?

You can contact your local Sheriff Office and they will have a listing of all instructors in your area.

CCDW Reciprocity

A map of the US
Certain other jurisdictions that recognize Kentucky carry concealed permits may limit the right to carry concealed to handguns only and not allow for the carrying concealed of other types of weapons. Also, the laws of other jurisdictions may differ from the laws of Kentucky regarding the circumstances under which you may legally carry a concealed weapon. You are advised to contact all other jurisdictions in which you intend to carry concealed weapons with questions regarding these issues.

YES Recognize Kentucky CCDW
NO Does not recognize Kentucky CCDW
OTHER Other: Contact State in regard to CCDW


Alabama YES
Arizona YES Arkansas YES
California NO Colorado YES
Connecticut NO Delaware YES
District of Columbia NO Florida YES
Georgia YES Guam NO
Hawaii NO Illinois   NO
Idaho YES Indiana YES
Iowa NO Kansas YES
Louisiana YES Maine NO
Maryland NO Massachusetts NO
Michigan YES Minnesota YES
Mississippi YES Missouri YES
Montana YES Nebraska NO
Nevada NO New Hampshire YES
New Jersey NO New Mexico YES
New York NO North Carolina YES
North Dakota YES Ohio YES
Oklahoma YES Oregon NO
Pennsylvania YES Puerto Rico NO
Rhode Island OTHER Samoa Territory NO
South Carolina NO South Dakota YES
Tennessee YES Texas YES
US Virgin Islands OTHER Utah YES
Vermont OTHER Virginia YES
Washington NO West Virginia YES