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Permit Information

Delaware gun laws make this state a “May Issue” jurisdiction. Concealed carry permits will only be issued to residents. Applications for a permit must be submitted in the county of residence. Applicants must obtain five references from residents of their county and then they must publish their application in the local newspaper that has a minimum circulation of 35% ten days before they file the application. The application is reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and a Court.





Delaware Reciprocity Map

Permit Honored
Permit not honored
Residential permits only
Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia

Idaho – Delaware only honors the Idaho Enhanced Permit
South Dakota – Delaware only honors the South Dakota Enhanced Permit
North Dakota – Delaware only honors the North Dakota Class 1 Permit.

Delaware CCW Permits

Delaware is a “may issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 3 years when first issued.
Renewals are valid for 5 years.


Where You Cannot Carry

  • Police stations
  • School Bus
  • State approved “SLOTS”
  • Courthouses
  • Police stations
  • Prisons and other detention facilities
  • Wildlife Management Areas
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Where You Can Carry

  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

Details on Delaware Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Prothonotary Office in the county where you reside.

No information

NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Delaware gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does not state you need to carry a permit/license either. However, we always recommend that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Delaware gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
It is a felony to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle without a permit/license. However, you can still legally carry the firearm in a vehicle if it is in plain site such as on the dash or seat, do not put it in the glove box or any place it cannot be seen. If you have a permit/license then you may carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Delaware is legal but not common. The minimum age is 18 years old.

YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

It is legal to carry in the following areas;
  • State Parks: YES – Admin Rule 9201-21.1 & DE Supreme Court ruling
  • State/National Forests: YES – Admin Rule 402-8.8 & DE Supreme Court ruling
  • State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – Title 7 – Wildlife 3900-8.3.4
  • Road Side Rest Areas:  YES

The Law
Admin Rule 9201-21.1  
Admin Rule 402-8.8  
Title 7 – Wildlife 3900-8.3.4

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 that the ban on carrying firearms in state parks and National forests was unconstitutional. CA S16C-06-018 (S)


Delaware Contacts

Justice Center


Monday – Friday    8:30am – 5pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed


Address    500 North King Street

City            Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone       (302) 255-0800