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Reciprocity & Recognition

The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia as of April 26, 2012. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the Virginia State Police Web Site located at vsp.state.va.us. Another great resource is the VCDL(Virginia Citizens Defense League), a non-partisan group dedicated to preserving the gun rights of Virginians. They can be located at VCDL.org.

Virginia extends reciprocity or recognition to citizens holding both resident and non-resident permits/licenses from the following jurisdictions as set forth below:

Listing of states with which Virginia has Reciprocity Agreements* (A formal written agreement exists between the two jurisdictions): 

Alaska
Florida
Kentucky
Mississippi
North Carolina         
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia
* Virginia non-resident permit holders – Virginia non-resident permit holders should contact each reciprocal state to determine if their permit will be recognized prior to carrying in that jurisdiction.

Florida law does not grant reciprocity to holders of Virginia non-resident permits.


Listing of states with which Virginia has mutual recognition (Jurisdictions have informally agreed to honor permits issued by the other):

Arizona
Arkansas
Delaware
Louisiana
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska 
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Utah
Wyoming

Listing of states of which Virginia will grant recognition to valid permit holders:

Minnesota
New Mexico
Washington

Although Virginia will grant recognition, these states may not authorize Virginia permit holders to possess a firearm in their state. You will need to contact each state to determine if they will recognize your Virginia permit.

Virgin Islands Temporary Permit

Persons with a valid Virginia concealed carry permit may apply individually to the United States Virgin Islands Police Department for temporary reciprocal recognition of a CCDW license while in the Virgin Islands. This temporary recognition is normally for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.

An application for temporary privileges may be requested from:

Office of the Commissioner
Criminal Justice Complex
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802

Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-277):

Virginia honors the provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-277) for active and retired law enforcement officers. Active officers must present a photographic identification issued by the governmental agency for which the individual is employed as a law enforcement officer. Retired officers must present a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual retired from service as a law enforcement officer; and a certification issued by the State in which the individual resides that indicates that the individual has, not less recently than one year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the State to meet the standards established by the State for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.

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