General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used.

The Clerk of Court and his staff are required to follow strict state guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for Concealed Handgun Permits. Due to the nature of the detailed due diligence, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks. 

Completed Applications for RESIDENT permits shall submitted to the Circuit Court of the county or city in which the applicant resides.  


  • A New Concealed Handgun Permit costs $50.00 for RESIDENTS.
  • A Renewal Concealed Handgun Permit costs $50.00 for RESIDENTS.
  • A Replacement Concealed Handgun Permit costs $15.00.
  • Applications will be processed between 8:30am-4:50pm Monday-Friday.
  • Click on the NEW or RENEW application link to start the application.



Concealed Handgun Information

Concealed Handgun Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

To Apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit at the Scott County Clerk of Circuit Court, the applicant must:

  • be a citizen or a naturalized citizen;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • be a resident of Scott County;
  • obtain a document that demonstrates your competence with a handgun (Initial Permits Only).

Documentation of Proof of Handgun Competency - Section 18.2-308.02

The court shall require proof that the applicant has demonstrated competence with a handgun in person and the applicant may demonstrate such competence by one of the following, but no applicant shall be required to submit to any additional demonstration of competence, nor shall any proof of demonstrated competence expire:

  1. Completing any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Department of Wildlife Resources or a similar agency of another state;
  2. Completing any National Rifle Association or United States Concealed Carry Association firearms safety or training course;
  3. Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law-enforcement agency, institution of higher education, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association, the United States Concealed Carry Association, or the Department of Criminal Justice Services;
  4. Completing any law-enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
  5. Presenting evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competition or current military service or proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services;
  6. Obtaining or previously having held a license to carry a firearm in the Commonwealth or a locality thereof, unless such license has been revoked for cause;
  7. Completing any in-person firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified, National Rifle Association-certified, or United States Concealed Carry Association-certified firearms instructor;
  8. Completing any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualifying to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties; or
  9. Completing any other firearms training that the court deems adequate.

A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the courses or classes; an affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization, or group that conducted or taught such course or class attesting to the completion of the course or class by the applicant; or a copy of any document that shows completion of the course or class or evidences participation in firearms competition shall constitute evidence of qualification under this subsection.

Where can I find more information? Please reference the Virginia State Police website for more FAQs and for an up-to-date list of states that offer agreements and/or reciprocity for Virginia Permits.

For More Information, Contact:

Scott County Clerk of Circuit Court
202 W. Jackson St.
Suite 102
Gate City, VA 24251

Phone (276) 386-3801
Fax: (276) 386-2430


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