Out-of-State License Recognition

Recognized Non-Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun Licenses

Beginning July 1, 2013, the State of Kansas will recognize all “valid” concealed carry licenses (or permits, cards, etc.) that are issued by another State or the District of Columbia. HOWEVER, if the individual is 21 years of age or older and lawful to possess firearms, then no license (Kansas or otherwise) is required to carry concealed firearms in general. See the updated Concealed Carry FAQs and unlicensed CCH pages for more specifics. Any other defensive weapons carried by the non-Kansas license holder must, as with all Kansas residents, be carried in accordance with Kansas law while they are within Kansas’ borders.

If you are a new resident to Kansas and possess a valid CCH license from another jurisdiction, you may choose to apply for the Kansas CCH from the Attorney General’s office. For those individuals with valid non-Kansas CCH licenses, they may be allowed to bypass the state’s required handgun safety and training class if the training they received to obtain that non-Kansas CCH was equal to or greater than the Kansas training requirements. At a minimum, this training must include handgun safety, actual firing of handguns, and a review of laws governing the carrying of concealed handguns and the use of deadly force. A person applying for the Kansas license must provide a copy of their training certificate and proof that the training included the minimum requirements for recognition. A follow-up letter from the Attorney General’s concealed carry licensing unit will indicate whether or not the person is required to complete the Kansas training class. If you fall within this category, please review related postings on the Attorney General’s website.

States That Recognize Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun Licenses

DO NOT assume that states recognized by Kansas will automatically recognize a Kansas CCH license. The following states have acknowledged that they do recognize the Kansas concealed carry license. While the Attorney General's Office will attempt to keep this list current, it is ultimately the Kansas concealed carry licensee who is responsible for making sure their carry in another jurisdiction is lawful. Licensees are responsible for knowing and complying with the laws regulating concealed carry in any state they are traveling in. IMPORTANT: Because of the differing firearms laws between the States, it is possible that someone who is lawful to possess firearms in Kansas may not be lawful to possess firearms in another jurisdiction. As an example, some states may not allow ANY convicted felons to possess firearms whereas under Kansas law, certain felons can have their firearm rights restored after a period of time. That other jurisdiction can still cite that prohibited person with a criminal violation of their laws even though that person possesses a recognized concealed carry license from Kansas. Again, it is the licensee’s obligation to know their criminal history and know the laws of the jurisdiction where they will be traveling to or visiting. Here is the list of States who currently honor the Kansas license:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
Colorado Florida Georgia Idaho
Indiana Iowa Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Michigan
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

NOTE: Again, on and after July 1, 2013, Kansas will honor all “valid” non-Kansas CCH licenses for non-Kansas residents. As such, the above list should expand thereafter to include states such as Delaware, and New Hampshire; those are states that require their license to be honored by Kansas before they will honor the Kansas CCH.

States that Do Not Recognize Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun Licenses

California Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia
Hawaii Illinois Maryland Massachusetts
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
NOTE: There are multiple states above which may eventually be removed from this list as they should, at some point after July 1, 2013, begin honoring the Kansas CCH license. Some may need more time than others – and some may begin to recognize the KS CCH immediately upon Kansas beginning to honor their license. Keep up to date on additions or subtractions to these categories by checking this page for updates.

Concealed Carry