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Tennessee Permit Eligibility

What are the requirements for a concealed carry permit in Tennessee?

Qualifications That Must Be Met Before Applying for a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit (Enhanced or Concealed)


  • Must not have a Felony conviction and not currently under indictment for a felony

  • Must not have a Charge pending for Domestic Violence and never been convicted of Domestic Violence

  • Must not be a fugitive from justice

  • Must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions

  • Must not be an illegal alien or unlawfully in the United States

  • Has not renounced their United States citizenship

  • Does not have an Order of Protection or a restraining order filed against them

  • Not an unlawful user of or addicted to alcohol or any controlled substance or controlled substance analogue

  • Not a patient in a rehabilitation program and have not been hospitalized for alcohol, controlled substance or controlled substance analogue within ten (10) years (if court ordered) or 3 years (if voluntary)

  • Must not have had two (2) convictions for DUI in ten (10) years, with one of those being within the last five (5) years

  • Not currently under the jurisdiction of the court for a DUI or any other Class A Misdemeanor conviction

  • Has not been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to/or hospitalized in a mental institution

  • Has not had a court appoint a conservator for me by reason of mental defect

  • Has not been judicially determined to be disabled by reason of mental illness, development disability or other mental incapacity

  • Has not been found by a court to pose an immediate substantial likelihood of serious harm, because of mental illness within seven (7) years from the date of application

  • Has not been convicted of stalking and have no pending charge(s) for Stalking

  • Not receiving social security disability benefits by reason of alcohol dependence, drug dependence, or mental disability

  • Applicants are required to be a resident of the state of Tennessee

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age or is at least eighteen (18) years of age and is an honorably discharged or retired veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty status and includes with the application a certified copy of the applicant’s certificate of release or discharge from active duty, DD214 or includes with the application a military identification card as proof that the applicant is an active duty member of the military.

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