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Note: The processes listed below apply to the majority of people. If you are active-duty military, honorably discharged military, law enforcement, or retired law enforcement, the processes below may be slightly different (easier) when applying for a concealed carry permit.


Types of Concealed Carry Permits

1) Resident

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old to apply
  • Must be a New Hampshire resident
  • Valid for 5 years
  • Costs $10

1) Non-Resident

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old to apply
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Valid for 4 years
  • Costs $100

*Note: As of February 22, 2017 any resident or non-resident that is 18 years old and can legally possess a firearm may open or concealed carry. No permit is required. See this article for more information.

Is it Required to Carry Concealed?

No – you may open carry or carry concealed.

May Issue or Shall Issue?

New Hampshire is a shall issue state, meaning the law states that they shall issue a permit if you meet all requirements.

Process to Apply


To get a concealed carry permit as a New Hampshire resident, you are required to apply at your local police/sheriff’s office.

  1. Print an application online here.
  2. Complete your application.
    • Note: You may also complete an application in person.
  3. Bring the following items to your local police/sheriff’s office:
    • Your completed application.
    • Your NH state issued I.D. or driver’s license.
    • Application fee: $10.

After these steps are completed, the department processing the application is legally required to inform you in 14 days or less whether the permit has been approved or denied. A denial, whether it be for a new issue or a renewal, may be appealed.


*Note: Due to the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling on Bach v. New Hampshire Department of Safety (No. 2014-0721, decided June 2, 2016), non-residents applying for a non-resident concealed carry permit are NOT required to supply the Resident State License Number on Form DSSP 260 and are NOT required to supply either a copy of a valid concealed carry license issued by the state, county, or town in which they reside OR a letter from their local police department, as described in Saf-C 2102.03(c) and on the reverse of Form DSSP 260.

To get a concealed carry permit as a non-resident, you are required to apply to the New Hampshire State Police.

  1. Print an application online here.
  2. Complete your application. See the note above when filling out the application.
  3. Mail the following items to the address listed below:
    • Your completed application.
    • Application fee: A check or money order for $100 made payable to “State of N.H. – Treasurer“.

After these steps are completed, the NH State Police are legally required to inform you in 14 days or less whether the permit has been approved or denied. A denial, whether it be for a new issue or a renewal, may be appealed.

Mailing Address
Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Reasons an Applicant Won’t Be Approved

If the applicant meets any of the following conditions, his/her application is almost guaranteed to be denied:

  1. You are illegally in the United States.
  2. You’ve been convicted of a felony.
  3. You’ve been convicted of a violent crime, including domestic violence.
  4. You’ve been convicted of a crime punishable by a prison term greater than 1 year.
  5. You are subject to a restraining order or other similar court order.
  6. You are a drug addict, habitual drunkard, an unlawful user of any controlled substance, or are determined to be of unsound mind.
  7. You have a mental illness.
  8. You’ve received voluntary or involuntary treatment in a psychiatric hospital, mental institution, or similar treatment facility for any reason.
  9. You’ve been ordered by a court to complete an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program in the last 3 years.
  10. You are a fugitive from justice.
  11. You’ve been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
  12. You are subject to a firearms seizure order.

Location Restrictions for Carrying

It is unlawful to carry a handgun, even if you have a concealed carry permit, in the following locations:

  • Federal buildings.
  • Federal prisons.
  • Courthouses or areas used by a court.
  • Indian reservations.
  • Post offices.
  • Military bases.
  • On any school property. This restriction doesn’t apply if you aren’t a student.
  • Passed the security checkpoint at airports.
  • Anywhere you decide to consume alcohol. You cannot carry a firearm if you consume any alcohol.

Transporting a Handgun Through & Throughout NH

With a Concealed Carry Permit

If you have a NH or NH recognized concealed carry permit you may transport a loaded handgun on your person (open or concealed) in a vehicle.

Without a Concealed Carry Permit

If you do not have a NH or NH recognized concealed carry permit, you may open carry a loaded handgun on your person in a vehicle into and throughout the state. Alternatively, you may concealed carry an unloaded handgun on your person, so long as you do not possess any ammunition on your person.

Additional Notes About NH Handgun Law

Does NH Law Incorporate Stand Your Ground?


The Stand Your Ground law permits you to use force, and not retreat, when faced with a threat. Stand Your Ground protects your use of force, even deadly force, when used to protect yourself or others if you reasonably believe there is an imminent threat of serious harm or death. To be protected under Stand Your Ground, you must be in a place where you have the lawful right to be.

Does NH Law Incorporate the Castle Doctrine?


The Castle Doctrine is similar to Stand Your Ground. The Castle Doctrine permits you to use force (even deadly force), and not retreat, when you’re in your own home. This again assumes you reasonably believe there is an imminent threat of serious harm or death on yourself or others in your home.

This ‘castle’ is sometimes broadened to cover you when you’re in your yard, car, etc. Each state’s Castle Doctrine law is written differently – consult your state’s law to confirm if your state extends the meaning of a ‘castle’ to cover more than just your home.

Reciprocity – What State Permits Does NH Recognize?

NH honors the concealed carry permit of another state so long as all of the following applies:

  1. The permit was issued to a resident of the state; non-resident permits are not recognized
  2. The state honors the NH concealed carry permit

Therefore, the colored map in the section below shows (1) states that recognize the NH concealed carry permit and (2) state concealed carry permits that NH recognizes.

Go here for more information on reciprocity.

Reciprocity – Where is the NH Permit Recognized?

The NH concealed carry permit is recognized in the following states:

NH Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity

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