If you’re considering applying for a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) permit in Wisconsin, this guide will walk you through the process step by step. There are multiple methods available for application, and we’ll cover them all. Let’s dive in!

  1. Choose Your Application Method: When it comes to applying for a CCW permit in Wisconsin, you have two options: the traditional mail-in method or the more convenient online application system. While the charm of snail mail can evoke nostalgia, Wisconsin also offers an online application system for modern convenience.
  2. Meeting Eligibility Requirements: Before you start the application process, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You should not be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal or state law.
  • You must not be prohibited by any court order from possessing a firearm.
  • You should be a Wisconsin resident, demonstrated by a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, identification card, or active military status in Wisconsin.
  • You must be able to provide valid proof of training as required by law.
  1. Application Fees: No matter which application method you choose, the CCW permit application fees remain consistent:
  • There’s a non-refundable fee of $40, covering application processing and the background check.
  1. Training Requirements: Ensure you’ve met the necessary training requirements before applying. Detailed training prerequisites are available on the Wisconsin CCW Application site. You can also refer to Wisconsin CCW instructors who satisfy all training criteria for your convenience.
  2. Application Submission: For the online application:
  • If you’ve completed a qualifying CCW class, you can upload your training documentation on the application site.
  • Make sure to have your training documentation ready for upload. For the mail-in application:
  • If you prefer to mail in your application, either print the application form or request one to be sent to your address.
  • Send the completed application form to Wisconsin Department of Justice, ATTN: Firearms Unit, P.O. Box 7130, Madison, WI 53707-7130.
  1. Required Documentation: For mail-in applications, include the following in your application packet:
  • A fully completed application form with original signatures (no copies).
  • A statement affirming the accuracy and completeness of the provided information.
  • Separate checks or money orders for the license fee ($30) and background check ($10), or a combined payment of $40.
  • Proof of training (such as a DD-214, Hunter Safety Card, etc.).
  1. Caution Regarding Checks: If paying by check, ensure sufficient funds in your account to avoid a $20 insufficient funds fee for bounced checks.

Conclusion: As you navigate the CCW permit application process in Wisconsin, remember that I am not a legal expert. Seeking professional legal advice is always advisable when dealing with such matters. For more information, visit Wisconsin Concealed Carry’s official website 1 and Concealed Carry Kenosha’s site 2. Feel free to leave any clarifications or insights in the comments below. Good luck with your CCW application journey!


  1. Wisconsin Concealed Carry
  2. Concealed Carry Kenosha