About the Kentucky CCDW Permit


Kentucky’s license to carry concealed deadly weapons law became effective October 1, 1996 and is contained in KRS 237.110 through 237.136.  The following is provided by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training and is subject to change without notice.  Please visit the DOCJT for updates.

What is a “Deadly Weapon?”

  1. (a)A weapon of mass destruction;

  2. (b)Any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged;

  3. (c)Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife;

  4. (d)Billy, nightstick, or club;

  5. (e)Blackjack or slapjack;

  6. (f)Nunchaku karate sticks;

  7. (g)Shuriken or death star; or

  8. (h)Artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic, or other similar hard material

What are the Permit Qualifications?

To get a license a person must:

  1. (a)Be at least 21 years old;

  2. (b)Be a citizen of the United States; AND

  3. (c)Have been a Kentucky resident for at least the last six months before applying OR be a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on duty in Kentucky at least six months prior to and at the time of the application.

A person is NOT eligible to get a license if that person:

  1. (a)Is ineligible to possess a firearm under KRS 527.040 (Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon);

  2. (b)Is ineligible to possess a firearm under federal law (18 USC sec. 922(g) or (n)), which applies to any person who: (1) is under indictment for or has been convicted of ANY felony; (2) is a fugitive from justice; (3) is an unlawful user of or is addicted to controlled substances; (4) has been judged by a court to be mentally defective or has been involuntarily committed to a mental institution; (5) is an illegal alien; (6) has been charged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; (7) has renounced United States citizenship; (8) is currently subject to a domestic violence protective order; or (9) has been convicted by any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  For this law to apply, to possession must be in, or affecting, interstate or foreign commerce.  Most firearm possession situations meet this requirement.

  3. (c)Within the preceding three years:  (1) Has been committed for abuse of controlled substances or has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving controlled substances; (2) has two or more convictions for motor vehicle DUI or has been committed for alcoholism; (3) has been convicted of the misdemeanor of Assault in the Fourth Degree or Terroristic Threatening.

*Note:  After a license has been issued, if any of the above takes place, the license will be suspended or revoked.

What is the Application Process from Start to Finish?

Kentucky CCDW Reciprocity

Current KY CCDW Reciprocity is updated by the Kentucky State Police here.  However, below is the most recent map and information provided by the KSP as of 5/13/2009.  However, the best way to check a reciprocity status is to contact the state police for the state in which you wish to travel.