Three Reasons to Renew Your Permit Early

Renew Concealed Carry Permit

How early can you renew your concealed carry permit? This is something you should be clear on in the state where your permit(s) was issued. Another key thing you will want to know in advance is if the issuing state will be sending you a reminder. Many states will not. Regardless, you should take some responsibility to be aware of your expiration date.

Most states will allow you to renew as early as 90 or 120 days before the expiration date.  Here are a few reasons why renewing early your CCW permit is a really good idea:

Avoid A Potential Lapse

If you start the renewal process 2 weeks before your concealed carry permit expires and it takes the state or county 6 weeks to process the renewal then you will be without a valid permit for 4 weeks. Most states/counties process renewals with greater priority than new applications, but that doesn't mean they will turn it around in a few days for you just because you were slow to get the ball rolling. It's always a good idea to get your carry license or gun permit renew done as soon as you can, before it expires.

Take Advantage of Past Training

Depending on the state where your CCW permit was issued, you may have to continue to show ongoing training qualification for your renewal. Since training certificates tend to expire after a certain number of months/years, the sooner you get the renewal process going the more likely you will be able to leverage one of those training certificates in your file.

Otherwise you have to plan and schedule a new training course prior to being able to get the renewal process started. If you don't know where to go to get your required training, we have a network of instructors that you can choose from if you're in the area of any.

Avoid Late Fees

There are a few things that are as annoying to me than when my own stupidity, or lack of attention costs me money. Your state may have a late fee that is charged if you start the renewal with an expired permit. Further, depending on how far expired your concealed permit may be, you may have to pay the price of a new application in order to proceed. renewing your license to carry a concealed firearm early will help you avoid that.

Here's a Tip

I don't know about you, but I'd rather not let my gun permit lapse, which is why whenever I know its expiration date is approaching, I make it a point to get it renewed. One thing you may want to consider to make sure you don't forget, is set a reminder in your phone. Today's smart phones have calendars that can be transferred from one phone to the next with nothing more than uploading account information.

You can set a reminder in your phone to take place years down the road, and it'll remind you.

If you look at the expiration date on your CCW permit and put a note in your calendar for the day your state will allow you to renew, you won't ever forget. One day, years from now, your reminder will go off, enabling you to take advantage of renewing it early.

How far in advance does your state allow you to renew your concealed carry permit? Let us know in the comments below.

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Also, if you haven't looked into our online Virginia Concealed Carry Class, it's a great way to have the opportunity to get a Virginia Carrier's Permit that allows you to carry a gun in 29 different states, as pictured above. 


About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Old Salt Doc on September 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Ernest White on September 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    My permit Expiration date is 11/03/2019
    My CDL expiration date is 12/24/2015
    I am not sure the state of MO.Add gun permits on CDL

    I know it was on my regular driver License before I got my CDL
    I am going to renew my Driver License about a month before it expires. or a few week before for they are not open on my birthday 12/24/2015

  3. David on September 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I live in Missouri – get your CCW on a separate license not on your drivers license they will issue that to you no charge.

  4. David on September 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I live in Missouri – do not get your CCW on your driver’s license get a separate license they will issue it to you no charge. You don’t want to be giving somebody your CCW if you’re looking for an ID. There is no need for them to know you have a CCW, it makes people nervous some people nervous.

  5. george bennett on September 11, 2015 at 11:15 am

    In NY it took 4 months to renew a permit

  6. Darkwing on May 5, 2017 at 5:47 am

    I do not need governments permission to do a right that was given to me by my G-D. That right is the right of self protection.

  7. Joseph Williams on June 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    State of Michigan allows you to renew up to 6 months ahead.

    • Sandy on July 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      So can I renew it on the Internet my CPL in Michigan or what and how? Sorry first time renewing. Thank You.

  8. Lew Derrey on June 12, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I live in Washington State. My permit was due on the 11th of June. I renewed it on the 2nd of June. I always renew at least a week prior to expiration.

  9. Deb Pearl on September 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

    My husband has a carry permit and was wondering when would be a good time to get it renewed. That is good to know that most states won’t send a reminder of when you need to get it renewed. We didn’t know you could get it renewed early too. That would be great if he could get it renewed early so he won’t forget. Thanks for the information!

  10. Paul on December 23, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    In Burke County NC you can renew no more than 90 days before your expiration date.

    • JOHNNY FRANKLIN JOYNER on July 2, 2019 at 10:21 am

      how long in rowan county n.c.

  11. Carl Lewis on June 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I’m in Connecticut mine expired in May 14, 2018 how long do I have before to renewal

  12. Matt on October 21, 2018 at 9:50 am

    In Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer services sends a reminder by mail at 150 days prior to expiration. Once you get the reminder with a tracking number you can renew online for $50 …and Florida’s CWP is valid in 35 states.

  13. Donald Wilkins on January 21, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    How soon before you expire can you renew in Iowa?

  14. Barb on December 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    I’m in Wisconsin I have a conceal and carry certificate dated April 29 2021 and I miss read my license it say 12/26/2017 to 12/26/2022 can I still do renew right now I need Minnesota and Wisconsin permits

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