Concealed Carry in Rhode Island

Concealed Carry Permit Issue Class: Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

The “Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents” classification means that the issuing official will issue a permit to a Rhode Island resident or non-Rhode Island resident if they meet all of the legal requirements.

Minimum Requirements for a Rhode Island Concealed Weapon Permit:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You must demonstrate an urgent need for self-protection.
  • You must have completed a pistol safety training course.
  • You must not under indictment nor have been convicted of a felony in the U.S. or elsewhere.
  • You must not be convicted of being an unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance.
  • You must not be adjudged insane or mentally deranged.
  • You must not be chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages.
  • You must not be a fugitive from justice.
  • You must not have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI).
  • You must not be subject of a protection or restraining order.
  • You must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Miscellaneous Rhode Island Concealed Carry Permit Information:

  • Instructions for new applications for a license to carry concealed weapon:
    1. Obtain and accomplish the application form at your local police office or county sheriff’s department.
    2. The application form must be signed by the local police chief and duly notarized.
    3. Pay the application fee of $40.
    4. Submit two (2) recent color photograph.
    5. Present your Rhode Island driver’s license and state I.D. card.
    6. Accomplish the fingerprinting.
    7. Submit a copy of your certificate of completion for firearms safety training certified by your weapons instructor.
    8. Non-residents must include a copy of their home state permit.
    9. If the application is employment-related, submit a type-written request with your employer’s letterhead.
    10. Retired law enforcement officers must submit a letter from their chief of police.
  • Rhode Island license to carry  concealed weapon are valid for four (4) years.

Official Government Links:

Rhode Island Concealed Carry Instructions

Rhode Island Concealed Carry Renewal Form


Before you can even consider a concealed carry permit, you must still be able to legally possess or own a firearm under U.S. federal law.

United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, Section 922: “Firearms, Unlawful Acts” is a summary of conditions that disqualify a person from firearm possession or ownership.

The person cannot be:

  • under indictment for or have been convicted of a felony. (see note 1)
  • a fugitive from justice
  • an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance
  • adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution
  • an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States (see note 2)
  • discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • someone who has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship;
  • subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child
  • convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,
    • Note 1: Felony conviction does not include any conviction which has been expunged or set aside, or for which a person has been pardoned, or has had civil rights restored, unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
    • Felonies don’t include non-violent business related crimes.
    • Civil rights are generally restored after the sentence is completed for felonies that are not crimes against persons.
    • Note 2: Legal immigrant aliens (“green card” or approved and pending green card) are not prohibited.
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