How to Apply for a CCW Permit in Wisconsin

If you are looking to apply for a CCW permit in the state of Wisconsin, there are a few ways that you can go about it.

One way is to use the old-fashioned snail mail system our forefathers used many years ago. While using this method does leave one nostalgic for the simple days and simple ways of life before the internet, Wisconsin does have an online application system.

In order to be eligible for a Wisconsin CCW Permit you must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Not prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law.
  3. Not prohibited by a court order from possessing a firearm.
  4. A Wisconsin resident as indicated by a current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card or is active military stationed in Wisconsin.
  5. Can provide adequate proof of training as required by law.

The fees associated with your CCW permit is the same whether you use the online system or send in your application by mail. There is a $40 non-refundable fee that pays for the application processing and the background check.

Requirements for training are listed on the Wisconsin CCW Application site, but you can read here for Wisconsin CCW instructors who will meet all requirements you need to get your CCW permit.

If you have already taken a CCW class, you can see on the application site if it meets the criteria. If you have a hunter safety card already, or have completed Military, law enforcement, or security guard training, then you are not required to get additional training. BUT, you definitely should. Carrying a gun means maintaining perishable skills. No matter what your back ground or experience level, everyone benefits from frequent training and practice.

Have the documentation showing that you have received the training (DD-214, copy of Hunter Safety Card, etc.) on hand to be uploaded to the site when you are ready to complete the application.

If you want to use the mail, here is what you need to do:

  1. Print off a copy of the application, or send a letter requesting an application be sent to your home. Send the letter to: Wisconsin Department of Justice ATTN: Firearms Unit P.O. Box 7130 Madison, WI 53707-7130. Note that this is also the same address to be used when sending in your completed application.
  2. The Wisconsin state DOJ site says to include these items in your application packet:
  3. A completed application form
  4. Note! All signatures must be original. No copies!
  5. A statement (acknowledging) the information you have provided is true and complete to the best of your knowledge.
  6. A check or money order for the license fee of $30.
  7. A check or money order for a background check of $10.
  8. Note! The license fee and background fee can be submitted as a single check or money order for $40.
  9. Proof of Training

If paying by check, make sure you have some money in that account as the state of Wisconsin will access a $20 insufficient funds fee for bounced checks.

Now for the disclaimer: I am not currently, nor do I intend to become a lawyer. Seek out your own expert opinion in the law. If you have information that can clarify or reform the article, please feel free to leave a comment below so it can be addressed.

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  1. Bill on April 11, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Can you still get your ccw even if you have an open case?

    • Ross wolfe on March 13, 2023 at 10:46 am

      Do u need a course or hunters safety if u are born pre 1973??

  2. Steve Pedersen on May 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I recently moved to Wisconsin and I have a Illinois conceal and carry card, how can I switch over to a Wisconsin card and gun card? Thanks

  3. Latrice on October 18, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I would like to have permint

    • calvin harper on March 12, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      HI, this is calvin harper i have already taking my training course but i need to fill out my application online to get my conceal permit but,it won;t me i have tried twice what should i do should it be mailed to me so i can fill it out and i can pay my fee please let me no.

  4. Jamil on December 27, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    I wold like to have permint

  5. Shammy Peterson on May 16, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    What caught my attention is when you said that you must be able to provide proof of being adequately trained in handling guns before applying for a CCW permit. This reminded me of a friend who wanted to secure her own gun next month to have the means to fight for herself when needed. Maybe, it will be best for her to consider attending a permit to carry class to have sufficient documentation for her application.

  6. Charles Wright on July 13, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I would like a permit

  7. John A. Calhoun Jr. on December 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    I’m looking for the form to submit for CCW permit. I took the class on 12/11/2022. I’m having no luck with the online. might have to do this the old-fashioned way via postal mail.

  8. Neil Knapton on January 22, 2023 at 11:10 am

    My wife and I completed required training on May 19,2022 with Mertz Firearms LLC.We submitted the application and payed the fees required within days of completion, have never had nor do we have pending court case/cases
    at all, never mind any kind of restrictions preventing either or both of us from owning or possessing a firearm. 21 DAYS PASSED a long time ago without notification one way or another????? We are still solid citizens so, where’s my permit?

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