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What do I need to bring to purchase a firearm?

You need one (1) form of I.D.

  • It must be a government issued State Photo I.D. with current address
    • an original, not a copy
    • must be obtained at least 30 days prior to attempted purchase

VIRGINIA 

FIREARM PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS

Virginia Residents - Identification and Residency Requirements

Prospective purchasers of firearms must present a valid photo-ID form issued by a governmental agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that denotes the individual’s name, sex, and date of birth. Where the primary form is a photo-ID issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 30 days must have passed since the original date of issue or duplicate driver's license unless a copy of his/her DMV driver's record is presented showing that the original date of issue was more than 30 days prior to the attempted purchase.

Military Personnel

Active military personnel permanently stationed in Virginia, including the Pentagon, are treated as Virginia residents for the purchase of a handgun. 

  • Identification and residency are established by the following:
    • a military photo I.D. issued by the United States Department of Defense
    • proof that Virginia is the permanent duty station via current military assignment orders

What do I need to bring to purchase an "assault firearm"?

An "assault firearm" is defined as any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock.

You need one (1) form of I.D.

  • One must be a government issued State Photo I.D. with current address 
    • an original, not a copy
    • must be obtained at least 30 days prior to attempted purchase

​Proof of Citizenship or lawful residence must be presented

  • Must present one of the following:
    • ​a certified birth certificate, current U.S. passport, U.S. citizen I.D. card, voter registration card, selective service registration card, or an immigrant, or registration card issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service