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*with 38 State Reciprocity*

The journey to safely carrying a firearm for self-defense must begin somewhere. Join APPS and let our professional instructors guide you through the process as we discuss the laws, personal liability, use of deadly force and basic  safety  and weapon maintenance. Our instructors have a wealth of knowledge to help answer all of your firearm-related questions. This course is designed to  provide a hands-on experience, exceeding state requirements,  and  prepare you for safely carrying a firearm for self-defense. To ensure every student is safe and comfortable, APPS utilizes a state-of-the-art Virtual Simulator in the classroom to help students become acquainted with the operations and shooting of a firearm before being introduced to the live-fire range. Sign up now and allow us to walk you through the process of applying for your TN State Handgun Carry Permit.  


**TN Constitutional Carry does not provide reciprocity with any other state. Additionally, TN Constitutional Carry is not recognized for non-TN residents** 

The TN Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit  allows open or concealed carry. The permit shall entitle the permittee to carry any handgun - which the permittee legally owns or  possesses  and allows for reciprocity in 38 other states . View the current list of reciprocal states  here (look for Reciprocity by State).

TN State requirements for the Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit are as  follows;  

  • Take a State Certified 8-hour Class   

  • Pass a 50-question written exam with a  minimum  score of 70%  

  • Pass a 50-round shooting qualification with a score of 70%  


COST: $90.00   


Class Begins: 9:00AM


PRIOR TO CLASS- students must obtain Confirmation Number from the State :  



  • State Confirmation Number   

  • Reliable Handgun (rentals available if needed)   

  • 50 rounds of practice ammunition  (available for purchase  if needed)   

  • Eye and ear protection  

  • Before class, each student is encouraged to log on to  and register with the state. You will choose the tab labeled “Handgun Carry Permit” and follow the directions. Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation email  containing  an application number. We will need this number to  submit  your scores to the state.   

  • Live fire qualification – minimum of fifty rounds fired from three, five & seven yards  


Failure to pass either the written exam or the shooting course will require the student to retake the entire class per TN state requirements.  



Before Class Homework  

Preferred State method: Enrollment with the State 

  • Go to and choose the “handgun permit” tab at the top of the screen.  

  • Complete all information: will need to provide 5 years of residential history and provide valid email address 

  • Upon successful completion, you will receive an email confirming your enrollment with the state. This email will contain an application number that the school instructor will require to submit your information online.  

  • Bring this number to your instructor.  


If you experience technical issues, please contact A.P.P.S. for support.


What’s my next step? 


I have completed my online application and my Handgun Safety Course! 

If you want a Tennessee handgun Carry Permit, you must visit a full-service Driver License Station. For  

a list of locations visit

You will need the following documents at the Driver License Station:  

  1. Proof of United States Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency (certified birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport). For a complete list visit

  2. Certificate showing you have completed an eight (8) hour Handgun Safety Course at an approved school. Certificate will only be necessary if the school you attended did not enter your passing score online.  

  3. Payment in cash, credit card, money order or certified check. (We do not accept personal checks for an original handgun permit application.) For information on fees please visit   

  4. You must have your picture taken and your electronic signature captured.


Once the application process is complete, the examiner will provide written instructions on fingerprint registration. You may either register online or by telephone; when registering you will be required to schedule your appointment time and location.


You must be fingerprinted after your visit to the driver license station, even if you have been fingerprinted in the past and have top level security clearance. The cost of the fingerprints is included in the permit fee.  


After your fingerprints have been submitted, you simply wait for your permit to arrive in the mail. Please allow the State at least thirty (30) days before you check on the status of your application.  


Do not carry a handgun on your person until your permit is in your possession. It is your responsibility to keep your address current with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Renewal notices are mailed as a courtesy; however, you are responsible for renewal before your permit expires.  


For more information on Handgun Carry Permits in Tennessee visit


A permit to carry a handgun is not a license to use deadly force. With a permit to carry a handgun comes an awesome responsibility. You are legally and financially responsible for the bullet and the damage it causes.  


**If you have a current real ID you may complete the above process online without visiting a Driver's License Station.**

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