CHL Permits

Concealed Handgun Licenses or "CHL" are issued by the Sheriff's Tax Office. As a Constitutional carry state these licenses are not required by law in the state of West Virginia however, they are a means of reciprocity to those states that recognize WV licenses. Fees for these licenses are set by the state. Residents who are not honorably discharged veterans of the armed forces of the United States must pay a filing fee of $50 when submitting their application. Effective July 6th 2021 being a resident of West Virginia is no longer a requirement to obtain our CHL. Non-residents will pay an application fee of $100. The fees for Honorably Discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces and certain honorably retired law enforcement officers are waived for residents only and required documentation. All fees are to be paid by check or money order only. CHL's are issued for five years. To view the details on reciprocity please click here. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to the Sheriff's Tax Office at (304) 264-1982. Requirements to obtain a CHL as listed below:
  • completed notarized application (with full name, date of birth, social security number, physical description, location of birth and county of citizenship)
  • state or federally issued photo identification showing residence
  • applicant must be 21 years of age (WV residents are able to apply for a provisional license ($30 fee) between 18-21)
  • applicant is not addicted to alcohol, a controlled substance, or a drug
  • applicant has not had 2 or more DUI/DWI convictions or residential/court-ordered treatment for alcoholism/alcohol detox/drug treatment within 3 years
  • applicant has no convicted felony charges
  • applicant has no convicted misdemeanor charges in the past 5 years
  • applicant not currently under indictment
  • applicant has not been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent or voluntarily committed to a mental institution
  • applicant is not prohibited from receiving, possessing, or transporting a firearm
  • applicant has met minimum training course requirements to qualify for handling and firing a weapon (this includes live fire of ammunition)
  • applicant authorizes the Berkeley County Sheriff or designee to conduct and investigation related to the application (this includes a nationwide criminal background check)