Common items on CCW application forms include information about the applicant's mental state, citizenship and criminal history. Forms ask if applicants have ever been convicted of a crime, particularly assault, intimidation, drug trafficking, domestic violence or any felony. Applicants are required to reveal if they have spent time in a mental institution, had a dishonorable discharge from the military or have given up their United States citizenship.
While the CCW application process differs slightly from state to state, the requirements are generally the same. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have resided in the county in which they apply for the license for at least 30 days. They must be an official resident of the state for 45 days or more.
Training courses are required as part of the CCW application process. Upon completion, the certified instructor issues a Certificate of Competency. This certificate is good for three years after it is issued. Individuals currently in the United States military or those who have been discharged honorably no more than six years prior can substitute their service for a Certificate of Competency. The service of former law enforcement officials also counts as a Certificate of Competency.