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Permits and Licensing Unit

Pistol / Revolver


Security / Detectives

PUBLIC COUNTER (for in-person requests)
ROOM 106


Effective June 1, 2017, applications for voluntary Non-Resident Concealed Permits will only be accepted on the following form; DSSP 260 with a revision date of 03/17. All previous versions of the form will be REJECTED.

GUN LINE HOUR CHANGE FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSEE BACKGROUND CHECKS ONLY: Effective July 1, 2017, the NH State Police Gun Line will adjust their business hours to Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. After hours faxes and voicemails will continue to be received, however will not be processed until the following day.



The Permits and Licensing Unit performs background checks on all individuals applying for non-resident concealed pistol licenses, armed and unarmed private investigator licenses, armed and unarmed security guard licenses, and armed and unarmed bail enforcement licenses. In addition, certificates of competency are issued for the use of explosives after successful testing. The licensing for the use, transport and storage of explosives is completed by the Permits and Licensing Unit with the inspection of explosive storage magazines performed by troopers assigned to the State Police Explosives Disposal Unit. The Permits and Licensing Unit’s Gun Line is responsible for completing background checks for all handgun purchases occurring through a Federal Firearms Licensed gun dealer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pistol and Revolver - Licensing for Pistols and Revolvers

Explosives - Licensing for the use and storage of Explosives

Security/Detectives - Licensing for Detective Agencies and Employees, and Security Services

Contact Us
New Hampshire State Police
Permits and Licensing Unit
33 Hazen Drive, Room 106
Concord, NH 03305
Phone: (603) 223-3873
Fax: (603) 271-0306


New Hampshire Department of Safety | 33 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH 03305
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