The New Concealed Carry Permit vs. Enhanced Carry Permit

  • Author | Nashville Armory Staff
  • Date | 1/14/2020
Enhanced Carry Permit VS. Concealed Carry Permit

So if you live in Tennessee and are considering carrying a firearm, you may have noticed the new updates to the carry permits effective in 2020.


Currently, there are two different Handgun Carry Permits available to Tennesseans. The TN Enhanced Carry Permit and the Concealed Handgun Carry Permit. We’re going to run through the differences between the two and the class options you have as a resident of Tennessee.


Enhanced Carry Permit:


The TN Enhanced Carry Permit is essentially the same as the original Handgun Carry Permit just with an updated name. The training required for this permit is a state-mandated 8-hour informative safety course that includes a written and shooting test at an authorized training facility, such as Nashville Armory. This permit allows the holder to open carry or conceal carry. Currently, the TN Enhanced Carry Permit has reciprocity (an agreement which honors Permits across state borders) with 38 other states. A significant amount of Tennesseans travel to these surrounding states. 

This course costs $95 at our training facilities and we believe it is the best option for receiving a carry permit. Once you’ve completed the course, the application fee is $100 and the permit is valid for 8 years. There is also an option for a lifetime application for $300. You can find more information and here:

Concealed Handgun Carry Permit:


The NEW Concealed Handgun Carry Permit only allows residents to conceal carry and the training required to receive this permit is substantially less than the Enhanced Carry Permit. The TN Concealed Carry Permit may not carry reciprocity with many of Tennesee’s surrounding states and states are NOT required to notify Tennessee of any reciprocal restrictions. Training varies between a traditional in-person firearms safety class or an online firearms safety course only offered by a firearms instructor certified by TDOSHS. Both in-person and online courses include a written test to confirm competency.


We currently offer two courses for this permit. 1- A condensed 4-hour class at our Franklin location, that costs $80 which includes firearms safety, handgun nomenclature, and includes a written test. 2.- A completely online Concealed Handgun Carry Permit course with video instruction and online quizzes for $50. Once these courses are completed the application fee at the DMV is $65 and can be issued for 8 years. There is NO lifetime application for this permit



  • Lifetime and 8-year permit options

  • Required 8-hour informative safety course

  • Shooting and written test

  • Allows open carry & concealed carry

  • Reciprocal with 38 states

  • $100 application fee



  • Only 8-year permit option

  • In-person or online training course (approx 90mins or more)

  • Only written test

  • Allows concealed carry

  • Unknown reciprocity with other states

  • $65 application fee

We hope this article is informative and if you have any questions feel free to comment!

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5/5/2020 5:21 am

I have a New York State concealed carry permit. Which state permit should I apply for?

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