Handgun Carry Permit

Handgun Permit

Class time 8 hrs.  Class cost $65 Pre-Registration, $75 same day of class.  (If you are attending 2 four hour sessions – $65/$75 covers both sessions)

ZirkOps handgun permit classes follow standards set by the state of Tennessee to insure quality training and certifications.  The Tennessee state guidelines are as follows:

  • Safety, Practice and Application
  • Firearm Cleaning and Storage
  • Legal Liabilities of Carrying, Possessing and Using a Handgun
  • Firing Range
  • Basic Marksmanship Skills
  • Test/Written
  • Firearms Qualification

At the completion of this course students will have met or exceeded Tennessee handgun permit standards mandated by the state.  Students will be issued the documentation used by the DMV to facilitate the carry permit application.

Pre-Class Information

Tennessee State Application:

To be prepared for class you will need to go to https://dl.safety.tn.gov/_/#1 and complete the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Application.  This will only take a few minutes and can be done from a smart phone or computer.  Upon completion of the application, you will be given a application number.  It is all numbers and does not contain any letters.   Please write this number down, print the page and/or create a screen capture so that you will have record of this number.  Once you exit this screen you will not be able to obtain this number again and we do not have access to your number.  This confirmation number is important because it is how we will link your certificate of completion to the state so that you will be able to obtain your Carry Permit, so please bring this number with you to class.

Firearm Requirements:

For the range test, you will need a handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition.  Please note that you do not have to test with the gun that you will be carrying, so individuals often use a smaller caliber handgun for testing.  If you do not have a gun then we do provide rentals at a reasonable cost and we also have ammunition on site for sale if needed.  (When renting our guns, each person must have own gun and use Zirkops or Carter Shooting ammunition in the rental guns)  If you bring your own firearm (unloaded) then you must leave it in your vehicle until time to shoot or if you are being dropped off you may leave it with personnel in the front office until time to shoot.  We do provide eye and ear protection at no charge.

Lunch and Breaks:

You will receive a short break at the beginning of each hour and a lunch break.  Common practice is for everyone to bring their lunch or go to one of the many places nearby and pick up lunch and bring it back to eat in the classroom.  Class starts with the last person back, not to exceed 1 hour.


When you arrive at Zirkops Training, 6212 Hwy 58, Harrison, TN  37341, please park to the left of the building in front of the storage units.  You should see signs that direct you to the proper area.

After Class:

Upon completion of your class at Zirkops Training, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will then take our certificate of completion to the Tennessee Drivers Services (any location in the state of Tennessee) to apply for you handgun carry permit. You will pay the state registration fees and those fees will include your fingerprint fees.  Visit https://www.tn.gov/safety/article/handgunmain for state document requirements and pricing.  Please note that if you are a veteran, you will receive a discount thru the state but will be required to show your DD-214 to Drivers Services when applying for your permit.

Final Step:

You will be given instructions by drivers services to go online to http://identogo.com or call Identogo (855)226-2937 and complete a registration form for fingerprinting.  Zirkops is not directly affiliated with the fingerprinting process and can only direct you to this company.

TN State Reciprocity: (recognizing Carry Permits from State to State)

Follow this link for information regarding which states recognize your Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit and which states DO NOT. https://www.tn.gov/safety/article/hgreciprocity

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life happens and you might need to reschedule your class time. We do allow rescheduling as long as it is prior to 48 hours of the start time of your class. However, we only allow a student to reschedule twice.  The third occasion will result in forfeiture of your registration. To reschedule classes you must call Zirkops directly at 423-710-3170 even if you originally registered thru Carters. We often turn away students due to limited class capacity so unfortunately,  “no shows” or calls to reschedule within 48 hours of your class start time will lead to the forfeiting of 100% of your registration. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to meeting you in class.

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Class time 8 hrs.  Class cost is $65.