Location:
WEAPONS - GUN CONTROL;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations; Other States laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


February 6, 2013

 

2013-R-0048

STATE COMPARISON OF GUN PERMIT FEES

By: Michael Csere, Legislative Fellow

You asked how Connecticut compares to other states regarding gun permit fees.

SUMMARY

Statutory gun permit requirements and associated fees vary greatly by state and often within each state. To obtain a permit to carry handguns in Connecticut, applicants must pay (1) an initial $140 fee and (2) for a background check, fingerprinting, and photos. The permit is valid for five years and the renewal fee is $70. A handgun eligibility certificate, which allows an individual only to acquire a handgun in Connecticut, requires a $35 fee and is valid for five years. Many elements contribute to the total cost of obtaining a gun permit, so it is difficult to make a complete comparison. In general, Connecticut's gun permit fees appear to be higher than most other states'.

In Table 1 we have listed the permits required to purchase, possess, or carry guns as well as the associated fees in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, we have included data on the duration and expiration of each permit, the renewal fee, and other relevant information that could affect the fee amount. When known, we have included additional fees, including those for fingerprinting and criminal history checks. We note where such fees are in addition to, or included with, the standard application fee. The chart also includes the relevant statutory citations and links to official state websites providing fee information. We have not included all existing fee reductions (i.e., many states offer reduced fees to seniors as well as current and retired law enforcement officials). Nor have we listed the handful of states that limit the number of firearms that may be purchased or carried with each permit.

The following list provides a description of the information contained in each column in the chart:

1. State and Link to State Website: This includes the name of the state, district, or city, if applicable. New York City has its own row because its permit scheme differs from the rest of the state. It also provides a link to the state's official website that displays information on gun permit fees.

2. Permit Type: This column designates the type of permit, including permits to purchase, permits to carry, or required safety certificates that effectively act as permits.

3. Fee: This lists the fee required to obtain a permit.

4. Required?: This designates whether the permit is required to purchase or carry a firearm. (Some states offer an optional permit to carry to allow citizens to satisfy recipricocity agreements and carry guns in other states.)

5. Expiration and Renewal: Notes how long the initial permit is valid and if the renewal fee differs from the initial permit fee.

6. Notes and Additional Fees: Provides additional information that may further the reader's understanding.

7. Citations: Provides citations to the relevant state statute or regulation.

TABLE 1: STATE GUN PERMIT FEES

State and Link to State Website

Permit Type

Fee

Required?

Expiration and Renewal

Notes and Additional Fees

Citations

Alabama

License to carry concealed handgun

Varies by county, generally $10-$30

Yes

1 year

 

Ala. Code 13A-11-75

Alaska

Concealed handgun permit

No more than $99 (currently set at $40 by regulation)

No

5 years, renewal fee of no more than $30 (currently set at $25)

Applicant must also pay for fingerprinting

Alaska Stat. 18.65.720;

Alaska Admin. Code tit. 13, 30.040

Arizona

Concealed weapons permit (handguns)

$60

No

5 years, $43 renewal fee

 

Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-3102 and -3112; Ariz. Admin. Code R13-9-102

Arkansas

Concealed handgun carry license

$141.50

Yes

5 years, $35 renewal fee

Fee breakdown: $100 application fee, $25 state background check, $16.50 FBI background check. Applicant must also pay for fingerprinting.

Ark. Code 5-73-302, -311, -313

California

Handgun safety certificate (required before purchase)

$25

Yes

5 years

$25 fee allows applicant to take test twice. Additional fees required for background checks.

Cal. Penal Code 26840, 27540, 31615, 31650

License to carry concealed weapons (handguns)

$44 state fee (plus local authority fee of up to $100, fingerprinting, and background check fees. Typical total fee: $200 or more)

Yes

2 years, $44 renewal fee (not including local authority fees)

$44 state fee is for a 2-year resident license. California has other types of concealed carry permits, including 90 day employment ($22), 3-year judicial ($66), and 4-year reserve peace officer ($88). Local authority may also require psychological testing (up to $150).

Cal. Penal Code 26190; Cal. Code Regs. tit. 11, 4006

Colorado

Concealed handgun permit

$52.50 (plus local authority fee of up to $100)

Yes

5 years, renewal fee varies ($13 or $52.50, depending on whether fingerprints already submitted, plus local authority fee of up to $50)

$52.50 fee includes fingerprints and background check.

Colo. Rev. Stat. 18-12-203, -205, -211, -214

Connecticut

Handgun eligibility certificate (required for purchase)

$35

Yes

5 years, $35 renewal fee

Applicant also responsible for a $66.50 fingerprint fee. In lieu of handgun eligibility certificate, CT resident may purchase a handgun with a valid permit to carry or sell a handgun.

CGS 29-36f to -36h

Permit to carry pistols or revolvers

$140

Yes

5 years, $70 renewal fee

$140 fee includes $70 for temporary local permit and $70 for 5-year state permit. Applicant must also pay for fingerprints, photos, and background check.

CGS 29-30

Delaware

License to carry a concealed deadly weapon (handgun)

$65

Yes

3 years for initial permit, renewals are valid for 5 years. $65 renewal fee.

Applicant also responsible for fingerprint fee

Del. Code tit. 11, 1441

District of Columbia

Firearms registration (required for purchase of firearm)

$48

Yes

3 years

District prohibits open or concealed carrying of firearms. $48 fee includes fingerprints and background check. There may also be a $125 fee to transfer a handgun purchased outside the district.

D.C. Code 7-2502.01 to -2502.07a

Florida

Concealed firearm license (handguns)

$112

Yes

7 years. $60 renewal fee.

Includes fingerprint fee. Open carrying generally prohibited in Florida (Fla. Sta. 790.053).

Fla. Stat. 790.06

Georgia

Weapons carry license (handguns)

Varies by county, $75 average fee

Yes

5 years

Fee includes application and fingerprints

Ga. Code 16-11-129

Hawaii

Permit to acquire (handguns and long guns)

$16.50

Yes

Handguns: Expires after 10 days.

Long guns: Expires after one year.

No renewal fee.

Fee only charged when individuals apply for their first permit; covers FBI fingerprint check.

Haw. Rev. Stat. 134-2

License to carry (handguns)

$10

Yes

One year, $10 renewal fee

May carry only in county where permit issued

Haw. Rev. Stat. 134-9

Idaho

Concealed weapons permit (handguns)

$20

Yes

5 years, $15 renewal fee

County sheriff may charge additional fees to cover fingerprinting and materials to produce license

Idaho Code 18-3302

Illinois

Firearm owners' identification card (required for purchase or possession of firearms)

$10

Yes

10 years

In Illinois, carrying of firearms in public is generally prohibited

IL ST CH 430 65/5 and 65/7

Indiana

Permit to carry (handguns) (4 year personal protection)

$40

Yes

4 years

Includes state and local fees. Indiana also offers reduced-fee permits for hunting and target practice purposes only.

Ind. Code 35-47-2-4

Permit to carry (handguns) (lifetime personal protection)

$125 (with no current license)

$100 (with a currently valid license)

Yes

Lifetime

Includes state and local fees

Ind. Code 35-47-2-4

Iowa

Permit to acquire handguns

Varies by county (generally $5-$11)

Yes

1 year, renewable each year

 

Iowa Code 724.17 to 724.18, 724.20

Permit to carry handguns

$50

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $25

Some county sheriffs may charge additional $5 for card production

Iowa Code 724.7; Iowa Admin. Code r. 661-91.4(724)

Kansas

Permit to carry concealed handguns

$132.50

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $25

$132.50 fee breakdown: $100 to state attorney general, $32.50 to county sheriff

Kan. Stat. 75-7c03, -7c05, -7c08

Kentucky

Permit to carry concealed handguns

$60

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $60

$60 fee breakdown: $40 to state police, $20 to county sheriff

Ky. Rev. Stat. 237.110

Louisiana

Permit to carry concealed handguns

$125

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $125

People age 65 and older pay half ($62.50). First-time applicants who have not lived in Louisiana during previous 15 years pay additional $50 fee. Individuals may request shorter-duration permit for proportionally reduced fee.

La. Rev. Stat. 40:1379.3(H)(2)

Maine

Permit to carry concealed handguns

$35

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $20

Fee for nonresidents is $60 (original and renewal application)

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 25, 2003

Maryland

Permit to carry firearms

$75

Yes

Initial permit expires on last day of holder's birth month following 2 years after date permit was issued. $50 renewal fee for 3 year period.

Fingerprint charges not included in original or renewal fees

Md. Code, Public Safety, 5-304, -309

Massachusetts

Class A license to carry (purchase, possession, and carrying of large capacity guns)

$100

Yes

6 years

Class A license is only license in Massachusetts that allows concealed carrying of handguns.

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, 131

Class B license to carry (purchase, possession, and carrying of non-large capacity guns)

$100

Yes

6 years

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, 131

Firearms identification card (purchase, possession, and carrying of non-large capacity rifles and shotguns only

$100 (age 18+), $25 (minors)

Yes

6 years

 

Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, 129B

Michigan

License to purchase handguns

No state fee, but applicant may be charged notary fee and $1 by sheriff providing copy of information

Yes

Valid for 30 days

Not required if purchaser already has valid Michigan concealed pistol license

Mich. Comp. Laws 28.422

Concealed pistol license

$105

Yes

Valid until applicant's birthday that falls between 4 and 5 years after license issued. Validity and cost of renewal is same as original.

Fee breakdown: $46 to county, $59 to state. Fingerprinting and background check included in fee. If applicant chooses to be fingerprinted at local police agency rather than county sheriff, local police may charge up to $15.

Mich. Comp.
Laws 28.425b and 28.425l

Minnesota

Permit to purchase or transfer handguns or assault weapons

No fee

No

One year, no fee for renewal

Permit to carry also constitutes a permit to purchase or transfer. If no purchase permit, applicant can apply to purchase directly with dealer, and dealer may charge background check fee.

Minn. Stat. 624.7131

Permit to carry a handgun

Varies by county, not to exceed $100

Yes

5 years, renewal fee not to exceed $75

 

Minn. Stat. 624.714

Mississippi

License to carry concealed handguns

$100

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $50

Fees do not include $32 cost of required fingerprint processing

Miss. Code. 45-9-101

Missouri

Permit to carry concealed firearms

Varies by county, but no more than $100

Yes

3 years, renewal fee not to exceed $50

 

Mo. Stat. 571.101

Montana

Permit to carry concealed weapons

$50

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $25

Permit not required for a person outside the official boundaries of a city or town. County sheriff may charge applicant additional $5 for fingerprinting.

Mont. Code 45-8-317 and -322

Nebraska

Handgun certificate (required to purchase or transfer)

$5

Yes

3 years

Certificate not required if applicant has valid carry permit

Neb. Rev. Stat. 69-2404 and -2407

Permit to carry a concealed handgun

$100

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $50

 

Neb. Rev. Stat. 69-2436

Nevada

Permit to carry concealed firearms

Up to $60

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $25

 

Nev. Rev. Stat. 202.366, 202.3657, 202.3677

New Hampshire

Permit to carry concealed handguns

$10 (NH residents); $100 (non-residents)

Yes

4 years

NH resident fees go to local law enforcement, non-resident fees go to state

N.H. Rev. Stat. 159:6

New Jersey

Firearms purchaser identification card (required to purchase, possess, and carry long guns)

$5

Yes

Indefinite

Does not include $60.25 fingerprint fee required for initial application for ID card

N.J. Stat. Ann. 2C:58-3;

N.J. Admin. Code 13:54-1.4 and -1.9

Permit to purchase a handgun

$2

Yes

90 days, may be renewed for an additional 90 days for good cause.

Does not include $60.25 fingerprint fee required for initial permit application

N.J. Stat. Ann. 2C:58-3;

N.J. Admin. Code 13:54-1.4 and -1.9

Permit to possess and carry a handgun

$20

Yes

2 years, $20 renewal fee for subsequent 2-year periods

Does not include $60.25 fingerprint fee required for initial permit application and each subsequent renewal

N.J. Stat. 2C:58-4

New Mexico

Concealed handgun license

$100

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $75

 

N.M. Stat. 29-19-3, -5 to -6

New York

License to purchase, possess, and carry

Generally, not to exceed $10 for application processing.

Yes

Handgun owners must “recertify” every 5 years, no cost for recertification.

Average total fee is $100-$130, including fingerprinting, background check, and photograph. $3 fee ($5) in Suffolk county) is charged for each firearm added to or deleted from license

N.Y. Penal Law 400.00; New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (S. 2230)

New York City

License to purchase, possess, and carry

$340 (handguns), $140 (rifles and shotguns)

Yes

3 years

Does not include fingerprint fee ($91.50)

Title 38 RCNY Rev. Nov. 2010

North Carolina

Handgun purchase permit

$5

Yes

5 years

 

N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-403 to -404

Concealed handgun permit

$80

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $75

Does not include fingerprint fee of up to $10 (to local sheriff's office).

$45 of initial fee and $40 of renewal go to state, remainder to county sheriff

N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-415.11, -415.16, -415.19

North Dakota

Concealed weapon license (handguns)

$45

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $45

Fingerprints required in initial license application, not for renewal. Separate fee to obtain fingerprints may be required.

N.D. Cent. Code 62.1-04-03

Ohio

License to carry a concealed handgun

$67

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $50

Applicants who have been residents of Ohio for less than 5 years must also pay for cost of FBI background check.

Ohio Rev. Code 2923.125

Oklahoma

Self Defense Act license (to carry concealed handguns)

$100 (5 years) or $200 (10 years)

Yes

5 or 10 years. Renewal fee: $85 (5 years) or $170 (10 years)

Additional $25 fee to local sheriff for fingerprints and local criminal history check

Okla. Stat. tit. 21, 1290.5 and 1290.12

Oregon

License to carry a concealed handgun

$65

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $50

Initial fee breakdown: $50 to local sheriff, $15 to state police for background check.

Renewal: $50 to local sheriff.

Or. Rev. Stat. 166.291 to 166.292, 166.295

Pennsylvania

License to carry firearms (concealed handguns)

$20

Yes

5 years

 

18 Pa. Cons. Stat. 6109;

Rhode Island

License to carry a concealable weapon (handguns)

$40

Yes

4 years

 

R.I. Gen. Laws 11-47-12

South Carolina

Concealed weapons permit (handguns)

$50

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $50

 

S.C. Code 23-31-215

South Dakota

Permit to carry a concealed pistol

$10

Yes

4 years

Fee breakdown: $7 to state, $3 to county

S.D. Codified Laws 23-7-8.2

Tennessee

Handgun carry permit

$115

Yes

4 years, renewal fee $50

Sheriff may charge up to $5 to take fingerprints

Tenn. Code 39-17-1351

Texas

Concealed handgun license

$140

Yes

First birthday after 4th anniversary of issuance of license. Renewal fee $70 for 5 years.

 

Tex. Gov't Code 411.183; 37 Tex. Admin. Code 6.15

Utah

Concealed firearm permit (handguns)

$46 (Utah residents); $51 (non-residents)

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $15

Fee breakdown: $29.50 to state, $16.50 for FBI fingerprint processing. Additional fee for photo.

Utah Code 53-5-704 and -707

Vermont

Does not issue permits

         

Virginia

Concealed handgun permit

Not to exceed $50 ($100 for non-residents)

Yes

5 years, renewal fee same as initial application fee

 

Va. Code 18.2-308

Washington

Concealed pistol license

$52.50

Yes

5 years, renewal fee $32

Initial fee breakdown: $36 to state and local authorities, $16.50 for FBI processing

Wash. Rev. Code 9.41.070

West Virginia

License to carry a concealed deadly weapon (handguns)

$100

Yes

5 years, renewal fee same as initial application fee

$75 due to county sheriff with application. Additional $25 due to state police when license issued.

W. Va. Code 61-7-4

Wisconsin

Carrying concealed weapon license

$50

Yes

5 years, renewal fee not to exceed $25

Initial fee breakdown: $37 license fee, $13 criminal background check

Wis. Stat. 175.60

Wyoming

Concealed handgun permit

$74

No

5 years, renewal fee $50

Initial fee breakdown: $50 application fee, $24 FBI fingerprint processing fee

Wyo. Stat. 6-8-104

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