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ANY and ALL of the information on this page is NOT to be considered as any type of definitive legal information or advise! If is provided to you as a courtesy reference only!
If you plan to travel, if is your responsibilty to check with each state that you will be in, before leaving, as laws change frequently and they should be checked often for any additions or deletions! This includes the Virginia laws. Click on the button below for more information.
Reciprocity & Recognitiont
Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit Reciprocity and Recognition
Legal review conducted by the Office of the Attorney General in 2015 pursuant to § 18.2-308.014 of the Code of Virginia identified several jurisdictions that currently fail to meet the statutory requirements for recognition of the concealed carry permits they issue. In response to this review, the Governor and Attorney General, working with the General Assembly, have reached a bi-partisan legislative solution to ensure the continued recognition of concealed carry permits.
Following is a listing of states of which will grant recognition to valid Virginia permit holders as of July 1, 2016. The (VRPO) indicates that particular state will honor VIRGINIA RESIDENT PERMITS ONLY or (VNPO) indicating that it honor only VIRGINIA NONRESIDENT PERMITS ONLY.
ALABAMA; ALASKA; ARIZONA; ARKANSAS; COLORADO (VRPO); FLORIDA (VRPO); IDAHO; INDIANA; IOWA; KANSAS; KENTUCKY; LOUISIANA; MAINE (VRPO); MICHIGAN (VRPO); MISSISSIPPI; MISSOURI; MONTANA; NEBRASKA; NEW HAMPSHIRE (VRPO); NEW MEXICO; NORTH CAROLINA; NORTH DAKOTA; OHIO; OKLAHOMA; PENNSYLVANIA (VRPO); SOUTH CAROLINA; SOUTH DAKOTA; TENNESSEE; TEXAS; UTAH; WEST VIRGINIA; WISCONSIN (NRPO); & WYOMING.
We suggest that you contact each state to confirm that they will recognize your Virginia permit prior to your travel.
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016
The holder of a valid concealed handgun or concealed weapon permit or license issued by another state may carry a concealed handgun in Virginia provided:
the holder of such permit or license is at least 21 years of age; and
the permit or license holder carries a photo identification issued by a government agency of any state or by the U.S. Department of Defense or U.S. Department of State; and the holder displays the permit or license and such identification upon demand by a law-enforcement officer; and the permit or license holder has not previously had a Virginia concealed handgun permit revoked.
The legislation also provides that the Virginia State Police in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General will work with the various jurisdictions to secure reciprocal privileges for Virginia citizens desiring to carry concealed in other states.
Again, although the new law will require Virginia to grant recognition to all states that issue permits, those states may not authorize Virginia permit holders to possess a firearm in their state. You will need to contact each state to determine if they will recognize your Virginia permit prior to your travel.