Effective January 1, 2021, online certifications will no longer be accepted. Certification is required to be in-person firearms training.
VA Code §18.2-308.02(B) requires the applicant to demonstrate competence with a handgun. The applicant may demonstrate such competence in the following ways:
Certification of completion of a hunter safety course
Certification of completion of a NRA safety or training course
Certification of completion of a safety or training course offered by local law enforcement agencies or a private institute certified by the NRA or the Department of Criminal Justice Services
Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training offered for security guards, investigators, or special deputies
Evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in an organized shooting competition, or current military service (photocopy of your active duty military I.D)
Proof of an honorable discharge from any branch of the armed services. Your DD-214 must indicate the character of service as honorable discharge.
Firearms training which the court deems appropriate
Obtaining a license to carry a firearm in the Commonwealth of Virginia, unless such license has been revoked
Completing any in-person firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a state-certified or NRA-certified firearms instructor
More information regarding the manner in which an applicant can demonstrate competency with a handgun can be found at VA Code §18.2-308.02(B).
A photocopy of a certificate of completion of any of the courses; an affidavit from the instructor, school, club, organization or group that conducted, supervised or taught the course attesting to the applicant’s completion of the course; or a copy of any document which shows completion of the course or competition shall constitute proof of competency.