Pursuant to recent amendments to the Firearms Regulations Control Act of 1975 (D.C. Act 20-447), anyone applying for a concealed pistol license in the District of Columbia must receive firearms training from a Firearms Training Instructor that has been certified by the Metropolitan Police Department.
The requirements for a certified Firearms Training Instructor are found in Title 24, Chapter 23, Section 2347 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (included in the instructions document below). Applicants for a Firearms Training Instructor certification should review both the applicable regulations and the Firearms Regulation Control Act to understand District law and requirements. Violations of District legal requirements will be enforced.
Checklist for submission of a Concealed Carry Firearms Training Instructor certification application:
- Complete the Firearms Training Instructor Application, including signing and dating the form.
- Attach proof of your formal training in the care, safety, and use of firearms, which can include a current Law Enforcement Instructor identification card issued by the National Rifle Association or Instructor Certification from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Private Security Services.
- Attach proof that you have had at least one year of experience in instruction in the care, safety, and use of handguns.
- Attach a detailed syllabus describing the methods and materials you will use to conduct the firearms training for a concealed carry license. The course materials must meet the requirements of the Firearms Regulations Control Act and must refer to the information provided by the Metropolitan Police Department on District of Columbia law on self-defense.
- Include a cashier’s check, certified check, or money order payable to the D.C. Treasurer in the amount of $435 for a two-year certification. No personal checks, credit cards, or cash are accepted.
Note to Currently Licensed Firearms Instruction Trainers: If as of October 9, 2014, you are licensed by the Metropolitan Police Department to provide firearms training to special police officers, you will not pay the $435 certification fee until your firearms instructor license is up for renewal in March 2015. You also will not need to be photographed or fingerprinted.
Bring all the items noted above to the Security Officers Management Branch at 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 2 pm. When you submit your application to the Security Officers Management Branch, you will be fingerprinted and photographed.
If you have any questions, please contact the Security Officers Management Branch at (202) 671-0500 or by email at [email protected].