Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit FAQs
How do I get my concealed carry permit in the state of Nebraska?
First, you must successfully complete a certified concealed carry handgun training course. 88 Tactical offers the most comprehensive Concealed Carry Certification course in the state. In addition to the state required material, students take part in reality-based defensive drills, and are taught concepts of mindset and the realities of self-defense.
The class consists of:
- Dry-fire practice
- Live-fire training and testing
This is a valuable course for any responsible gun owner wanting to learn the basics of:
- Practical use
- Self-defense laws
After you pass an approved training course, you need to complete your Concealed Handgun Permit application at the Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters or the Criminal Identification Division in Lincoln. Renewals can be done online.
Where you can find the application forms:
- 88 Tactical – All students who take our Concealed Carry Certification course receive a copy of the application on a flash drive
- Troop Area Headquarters
- Nebraska State Patrol website
- Criminal Identification Office
*Applications must be notarized
During the time of application, you will be photographed and fingerprinted by the Nebraska State Patrol. You must also submit the $100 permit fee.
What You Need at Time of Application
- The completed and notarized application form
- Proof of training by providing either the original or a certified copy of a certificate of completion of a Handgun Training and Safety Course approved by the Nebraska State Patrol. Requirements for the training and safety course are found in Section 027 of the regulations. Members of the active or reserve armed forces or members of the National Guard may meet this requirement with www.handgunlaw.us 3 documentation that they have completed handgun training within the previous three (3) years which meets the minimum safety and training requirements for the Handgun Training and Safety Course approved by the Nebraska State Patrol. An applicant for a permit who is certified as an instructor for the Handgun Training and Safety Course and who has actually taught the course may sign his or her own certificate of completion of training without attending a class taught by another instructor
- Proof of vision as evidenced on a current Nebraska motor vehicle operator’s license or a current statement by a Nebraska licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist certifying that the applicant has been tested and meets the vision requirements prescribed for a Class “O” operator’s license – the standard for automobiles ( Nebraska Revised Statutes § 60-4,118).
- Proof of identification may include current Nebraska motor vehicle operator’s license, a Nebraska identification card issued by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, or a current military identification card
- Proof of citizenship can be a birth certificate showing birth in the United States, a copy of naturalization papers, a Certificate of Citizenship issued by the United States Immigration authorities, or a United States passport. (Oct. 2013 Federal Judge & NE AG agreed due to lawsuit that Legal Resident Aliens can also apply)
- Proof of address
- A signature
- The applicable fee At the time of the application submittal, the applicant will be fingerprinted. The concealed handgun permit will bear permit holder’s photograph and signature. During the initial visit to the Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area Headquarters, a photograph will be taken and signature will be captured for adherence to the permit upon issuance. A Nebraska Permit/License is valid for 5 years.
- Permit Term is 5 Years
How long does it take to get a Nebraska Concealed Carry Permit?
Applications submitted to Troop Area offices will be promptly forwarded to the Criminal Identification Division for processing. A federal record check is requested before state and local records. If you have met the requirements and submitted the required documentation, the permit will be issued within 45 days after you apply.
How long is the permit valid?
A Concealed Handgun permit will be valid for five years. It can be renewed within the four (4) months prior to expiration of the initial permit either online or at any Nebraska State Patrol Troop Office. The renewal fee is $50.
Permit holders will not be required to retake a certified training course if their permit is renewed before it expires. Permit holders who allow their permits to expire will be required to retake a certified training course and pay the $100 fee for a new permit. *Note – You will not receive a reminder from the state when your permit is about to expire.
Do I need to inform police/EMS personnel that I am carrying a concealed handgun?
If you are a concealed handgun permit holder and are officially contacted by any peace officer or emergency services personnel, you must immediately inform the peace officer or emergency service personnel of the concealed handgun unless you are physically unable to do so. These individuals have the right to determine whether it is necessary to secure the handgun during the contact for the safety of any person.
Which states honor Nebraska Concealed Carry (CCW) Permits?
There are only 17 states that do NOT honor Nebraska’s Concealed Carry (CCW) Permit:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- Washington DC
- New York
- South Carolina
Where am I not allowed to carry my firearm?
A permit holder may carry a concealed handgun anywhere in Nebraska, Except Any:
- Police, Sheriff, or Nebraska State Patrol station or office
- Detention facility, prison, or jail
- Courtroom or building which contains a courtroom
- Polling place during a bona fide election
- Meeting of the governing body of a county, public school district, municipality, or other political subdivision
- Meeting of the Legislature or a Committee of the Legislature
- Financial Institution
- Professional or semiprofessional athletic event
- Building, grounds, vehicle, or sponsored activity or athletic event of any public, private, denominational, or parochial elementary, vocational, or secondary school, a private postsecondary career school as defined in section 85-1603, a community college, or a public or private college, junior college, or university
- Place of worship
- Hospital, emergency room, or trauma center
- Political rally or fundraiser
- Establishment having a license issued under the Nebraska Liquor Control Act that derives over one-half of its total income from the sale of alcoholic liquor
- Place where the possession or carrying of a firearm is prohibited by state or federal law
- A place or premises where the person, persons, entity, or entities in control of the property or employer in control of the property has prohibited permit holders from carrying concealed handguns into or onto the place or premises
- Into or onto any other place or premises where handguns are prohibited by state law
You can find more information on Nebraska Concealed Carry Laws by visiting the Nebraska State Patrol’s website, or HandgunLaws.us.