Instructors: Understanding the Arizona CCW Permit

Here are some thoughts regarding your role in your student’s CCW permit application process.

Acceptable Training for an Arizona CCW Permit.
Complete a firearms safety training program pursuant to ARS §13-3112

Obtaining a Permit

Applicant Instructions

  1. Determine whether you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapon permit:
  2. Review the provisions contained in Arizona Revised Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 31:
  3. Contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit, via email to request an application packet which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope. They provide individual application packets, if you need more than one, please let them know. When requesting an application packet for a New Permit, please email your request, include your mailing address in the following format:

    Your Name
    PO Box 1234
    Anytown, AZ 80808


    Your Name
    1234 Weapons Street
    Anytown, IL 80808
     To contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit by e-mail:
  4. Using the return envelope provided, send the completed application, adequate documentation which demonstrates firearms safety competence, two complete sets of fingerprints, the appropriate fee in the form of a money order, cashier’s or certified check; payable to the AZ DPS to the CWPU. Fees are non-refundable.

Instructor’s role in filling out the Application

Application revision K

Read Instructions #4 and #5 carefully. #4 pertains to you ONLY if you are an AZ DPS Firearms Safety Instructor. If you have become an NRA Instructor after July of 2011, you are not DPS Approved CCW Instructor, and #5 pertains to you. there is nowhere for you to sign on your student’s permit application. The certificate you give them with your NRA ID number on it is all they need from you.

AZ DPS Approved Firearms Safety (CCW) Instructors

Due to changes made to A.R.S. 13-3112 during the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions, effective July 20, 2011, the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit will no longer approve or renew concealed weapons training programs, training organizations, or firearms-safety instructors.

Amendments to A.R.S. 13-3112 in 2010 added a number of new ways in which an applicant could qualify for a concealed weapons permit through training or experience. These new additions removed the statutory minimum requirements which the Unit used to evaluate and approve training programs.  Since there are no statutorily defined minimum requirements, the ability of DPS to evaluate, approve and support training programs has been greatly diminished. For this reason, after July 20, 2011, the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit will no longer update, support or sanction the use of the proprietary firearms-safety training course previously used to train permit holders. Furthermore, DPS will no longer review or approve any lesson plans and will no longer publish or update the “Legal Issues Relating to the Use of Deadly Force” guideline.  

Additionally, since changes to A.R.S. 13-3112 made in the 2011 legislative session removed the authority for DPS to approve or authorize instructors and organizations, DPS will discontinue this practice. However, for those that currently hold an approval or authorization, current rules will still govern those approvals or authorizations until expiration pursuant to A.A.C. R13-9-309, which provides that a firearms-safety instructor approval is valid for 5 years from the date of issuance or renewal and the authorization of an instructor who holds a valid concealed weapon permit will expire when his current permit expires.