Delaware CCDW Application Instructions
New Applications for a License to Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon
(Delaware Residents Only)
The following steps must be completed in order for your application for a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon to be processed.
1. Arrange With a Newspaper of General Circulation in Your County
[Newspaper selection must have a circulation of at least 35% of the population in your zip code.]
FOR NEW CASTLE COUNTY:
Hockessin Community News (Approved Zip Code 19707)
Middletown Transcript (Approved Zip Codes 19709, 19730, 19734);
Newark Post (Approved Zip Codes 19711, 19713, 19701, 19702, 19716);
New Castle Weekly (Approved Zip Codes 19720, 19701, 19702, 19706 (Delaware City Only);
All other Zip Codes in NCC must use the News Journal.
FOR KENT COUNTY:
Delaware State News; Dover Post; Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times; The Guide; News Journal.
FOR SUSSEX COUNTY:
The Guide; Morning Star Publications, Inc.; Cape Gazette; Coastal Point; Independent Newspapers;
Delaware Wave; Sussex Countian; Milford Beacon; News Journal)
Have your application published once, at least (10) business days before the filing of your application.
Obtain an affidavit from the newspaper company stating that this requirement has been met.
Attach the newspaper company’s affidavit to your application.
Be sure to use your whole name - no initials - and your home address.
2. Background Verification
Fingerprints must be taken by State Bureau of Identification within 45 calendar days of filing application.
For information about hours please call the State Bureau of Identification (SBI) at (302) 739-2528.
You are required to submit proof of payment for your fingerprinting.
3. Have the reference questionnaire completed by five (5) citizens from the County in which you reside.
The citizen cannot be related or reside at the same address.
4. Complete the application and have it notarized.
A notary is available at each Prothonotary’s Office. (There is no fee for this service)
Include two (2) color passport-style photographs of the applicant.
Photograph must be taken within the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of the application.
6. Include the statutory filing fee of $65.00.
Cash, Money Order or Personal Check, made payable to “PROTHONOTARY” will be accepted.
CCDW Instructions: New Application
Revised May 2016
7. New Applications (May Be Filed At Any Time)
You must file the new application and a duplicate copy.
You may hand deliver your application to the Prothonotary’s Office, or
If all the requirements are met, mail to the Prothonotary’s Office in the County in which you reside:
New Castle County Prothonotary’s Office
500 N. King Street, Suite 1500
Wilmington, DE 19801-3704
Contact Phone: (302) 255-0690
Kent County Prothonotary’s Office
38 The Green
Dover, DE 19901
414 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Contact Phone: (302) 735-1901
Sussex County Prothonotary’s Office
1 The Circle, Suite 2
Georgetown, DE 19947
Contact Phone: (302) 854-6959
You may be contacted by a representative of the Attorney General’s Office for a personal interview.
8. Following review of your application by the Attorney General’s Office and the Court:
If your CCDW Application is DENIED, you will ONLY receive written notification.
If your CCDW application is APPROVED, you must now complete an Approved Gun Course.
o You will be contacted either via telephone or by mail to initiate this.
o For exact details of what the course must include see 11 Del. C. § 1441(3).
o Submit an original notarized certification of satisfactory completion of the firearm training course.
o If you cannot complete the course within 90 calendar days of the approval of your gun permit, please submit proof that you have enrolled in the course.
o If you have pre-submitted a Gun Course certificate, your ONLY contact will be your permit in the mail.
If a certification or proof of enrollment is not filed with the Court within 90 calendar days of the approval of your gun permit, the Court will assume you no longer want to obtain a gun permit. In order to obtain a gun permit, you will have to start the process over.