Firearms Permit

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​Permit Information​​

For information about requirements pertaining to Law Enforcement Officers, see Wis. Admin. ​Code §​ SPS 34.01(5) to (8)​.

For information about restrictions on carrying a firearm in a vehicle, see Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 34.011.

Pre-Credential Education Information

Applicants for a new firearms permit must complete at least 36 hours of initial firearms training as described in Wis. Admin. Code § SPS  34.03(1). The training must be provided by a firearms proficiency certifier approved by the Department.  

Applicants who wish to apply equivalent training under Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 34.03​(2)​ must submit evidence they were authorized by another licensing jurisdiction or governmental agency to carry a firearm while on duty as a police officer, a security guard or a private detective in the 5 years immediately before applying to the Department for a firearms permit. 

Application for Permit

467Firearms Certification of Proficiency Permit Application Information
2698Approved Firearms Instructors
​Firearms Training Program Verification
2118Change of Employer or Additional Employer
​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable)

Late Renewal After Five (5) or More Years

A person who has not obtained a Certificate of Proficiency within the five (5) years preceding the date of application for a permit must complete the full 36-hour course.

Renewal Information


  • No FEE required. (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • Online APP 

Other Requirements      

  • Hold an unexpired Private Security Permit or Private Detective License
  • Be employed by a Private Security Agency or Private Detective Agency
  • Have received at least six hours of firearms refresher training from a firearms proficiency certifier approved by the Department. A list of approved certifiers is posted on the Department's web site.​

Renewal Method

RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​467Firearms Certification of Proficiency Application Information
R210​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.