Arizona Concealed Firearms Permit Course
for Non-Arizona Residents
General Course Information...
Fidelity Investigative Training Academy is proud to provide a course of instruction for Illinois residents wishing to obtain a non-resident Arizona Concealed Firearm Permit. Our course is tailored to introduce the student to relevant Arizona laws that pertain to the concealed carry permit, the practical aspects of concealed carry, firearm safety, home safety, firearm basics, ammunition, and maintenance. When you decide to register, click on the links provided on this page to go to our main website. There, you will be able to review the current month's calendar of courses to select the date you wish to attend class. Then, register for that course and indicate the class date you wish to attend, pay the registration fee, and save your seat.
Are provided by Biometric Impressions, a State of Illinois licensed and approved fingerprint vendor. Fingerprints are laser scanned by the "live scan" process, and then printed onto fingerprint cards using the latest technology. This method eliminates unreadable fingerprint cards created by inexperienced or untrained individuals, and results in 100% readable fingerprints every time. Why take chances anywhere else?
Many "all-in-one" courses use unlicensed individuals to fingerprint applicants, resulting in the FBI rejecting fingerprint cards due to poorly-taken prints. When this happens, the application is sent back to the applicant and additional fingerprints are requested. This prolongs the process greatly. By using a State of Illinois licensed fingerprint specialists, approved by the Illinois State Police, prints that are picture-perfect are sent in, to assure that the permit is issued quickly.
All of our firearms instructors are certified NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and NRA Civilian Firearms Instructors. In addition, the firearms instructor for this course is a State of Utah-certified Concealed Firearms Instructor.
What You Need To Bring To Class...
There is no live-fire range requirement for the Arizona Concealed Firearm Permit Course. Bring your State ID or Driver's License and come ready to learn!
After You Register For Class...
All required State of Utah forms are provided for your use. In addition, after registering for class, call us and speak to the registrar at: (773) 630-2785 to verify your registration and receive additional information.
What You Get...
Your tuition pays for: the course instruction, fingerprints, photograph, and mailing of your completed package. You must include a money order, cashier's check payable to the "Arizona DPS" in the amount of $ 60.00 as a non-resident applicant.
All prospective students are expected to register prior to class and follow the instructions provided during the registration and pre-course preparation. Last minute re-scheduling must be confirmed with the Academy registrar prior to the start of class, however, registration fees are non-refundable. Ensure that you want to take this class prior to registration, and that you have time on the specified date(s) to take this class.
Tuition: $ 125.00
Course Dates: This 1-Day Course is held on specific Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays every month.
Check the "Courses Calendar" for exact dates, and register online now to reserve your seat.
I am considering obtaining an Arizona concealed weapons permit. What do I do?
Review the Arizona concealed carry law, ARS 13-3112 and Arizona Administrative Rules R13-9-101 through R13-9-603. We recommend you also review ARS 13-3101 and Title 18 USC section 922(d & g) for complete eligibility criteria and ARS 13-3102, Misconduct Involving Weapons.
How do I apply for an Arizona CCW permit?
Complete the CCW course. Ensure you fill out the rest of the application and affix your signature. Send the completed application, a fingerprint card, and the applicable fee to DPS. The instructor should provide a pre-addressed return envelope but if not, mail your materials to:
P.O. Box 6488
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6488.
How long will it take?
It takes approximately 60 business days to complete all of the required qualification checks.
Is the application fee to DPS refundable if I do not qualify for a CCW permit?
How do I know if I meet the eligibility requirements?
The eligibility requirements are clearly listed in ARS 13-3112. In addition to those requirements, an individual must not be a prohibited possessor as described in ARS 13-3101 and Title 18 USC section 922(d) and (g).
What do I need to do to renew my CCW permit?
The Concealed Weapon Permit Unit (CWPU) mails a courtesy renewal packet to customers whose permits are due to expire. The packet is mailed to the address on record approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date. The packet includes a renewal application and pre-addressed return envelope. Complete the renewal application, include the applicable fee, and mail them to DPS. No cash or personal checks please or your application will be returned causing a delay in processing.
If you have not received your courtesy renewal packet, you may print the renewal application from this site.
Please complete the application and submit it along with the applicable fee to: AZ DPS-CWPU P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix, AZ 85005-6488 Attn: Renewal.
If you are unable to print a renewal application call our office or email us. We will be happy to mail renewal materials to you.
Am I required to submit a fingerprint card when I renew my CCW permit?
Am I required to take a refresher course to renew my CCW permit?
No. An amendment to the Arizona concealed carry law, ARS 13-3112, effective September 21, 2006, eliminated the requirement for refresher training upon renewing a permit.
What if my permit expires, may I still renew?
You may be processed as a renewal between 90 days prior to expiration and 60 days after expiration. If your permit is expired more than 60 days, and you still want to possess a concealed-weapons permit, you must apply for a new permit. You may use your expired permit card as proof you have attended the firearms-safety training, if it is in good standing. See additional information under obtaining a permit.
Is there a grace period to renew and is my permit valid during that time?
As stated above, you may be processed as a renewal applicant up to 60 days after your permit expires. However, your permit is expired on the date listed.
Where can I get my fingerprints taken?
Please contact your local law enforcement agency or a private vendor about available fingerprint services. DPS does not provide applicant fingerprint services.
How long will it take for me to get my permit and what should I do with my expired permit?
By law the CWPU has 60 days to process an application. Typically applications are processed within fourteen days of receipt if no additional research is required. Please return your expired permit to the CWPU once the new one is received.
Can I pay my application fee with a personal check?
No. Acceptable forms of payment include money order, certified or cashier's check made payable to AZ DPS.
Can I carry a firearm into an establishment that serves alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises if I have a CCW permit?
Yes, unless the establishment has posted signs prohibiting weapons (A.R.S. 4-229). You may not consume alcohol while in possession of your firearm (A.R.S. 4-244). There are some additional exceptions see A.R.S. 13-3102.
Can non-residents be issued an Arizona permit?
Yes. You must be a resident of Arizona or a U.S. citizen.
My application for a permit was not approved because of a felony arrest many years ago. The prosecutor dropped the charges and I was never prosecuted. What do I do now?
You must contact the respective prosecutor's office or involved court that handled the case and obtain documentation that specifically states you were not charged with and/or have no record of a felony conviction in regards to that specific charge and you are not currently under felony indictment in that jurisdiction. Submit that documentation to the CWPU within the time limit given on the denial letter. You may also request a review and challenge of your criminal history through that states Criminal History Records Section.
I heard that once you obtain an Arizona CCW permit, you have to carry concealed all of the time (if armed) and are forbidden to carry in the open. Is this true?
No. You may carry open or concealed.
I entered a private business with my concealed handgun and CCW permit. The business did not have any signs posted prohibiting weapons. Shortly thereafter, an employee approached me and said they do not allow firearms in their business and I must take the gun off the premises. Can they do that?
Yes. Arizona law permits private business owners (or their designates) to prohibit weapons from being brought onto their property, whether signs are posted or not. Private businesses are typically non-government operated businesses such as grocery and department stores, convenience stores, laundromats, banks, office complexes, etc. Failure to obey the request can result in your arrest for trespassing. (ARS 13-1502 / ARS 13-1503)
Are there any firearm restrictions?
Please see below for firearm restrictions:
What are the school exceptions when carrying concealed weapons?
Please see below for school exceptions (concealed or not):
What are the permit holder requirements?
Please see below for permit holder requirements:
What are the rules about carrying in states outside of Arizona?
It is extremely important that all Arizona Permit holders be aware of the CCW requirements and laws of all reciprocating/recognizing states. An Arizona CCW permit does not supersede any other state's law or CCW requirements. Persons carrying an Arizona permit are subject to the laws of the state they are visiting.
If you are an Arizona permit holder traveling to another state and wish to carry a concealed weapon using your Arizona permit, contact that state directly to confirm their recognition status before carrying concealed weapons there.
Some states only recognize permits from persons who are a resident of the issuing state.
Some states have an active CCW reciprocal agreement on file with the State of Arizona. This means your Arizona permit allows you to carry concealed under their respective state statute, and Arizona will reciprocate by recognizing CCW permits issued by these states, regardless of whether they are "Resident" or "Non-Resident," if so marked.