Virginia Identification and Residency Requirements

I require a primary and secondary form of identification at the time of purchase of any firearm

Primary Identification - These are the ONLY forms of Identification I will accept.

  • A valid Virginia Drivers License.
    • It must be at least 30-days after the date of issue of an original or duplicate driver's license. unless you posess a copy of your DMV driver's record showing that the original date of issue was more than 30-days prior to the attempted purchase.
  • A valid Identification Card issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
    • It must be at least 30-days after the date of issue of an original or duplicate Identification Card.
  • A social security card IS NOT an acceptable form of identification.
  • A birth certificate IS NOT an acceptable form of identification.
  • A US Passport IS NOT an acceptable form of identification.

Secondary Identification - The secondary form of identification, for Virginia residents and residents of other states, must show the same - identical name and address that is shown on the primary form of identification.


Some acceptable forms of secondary ID are:
  • a current lease
  • evidence of currently paid personal property tax or real estate tax
  • a current utility or telephone bill
  • a current voter registration card
  • a current bank check
  • a current Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit
  • a current automobile registration
  • a current hunting or fishing license
  • I will not accept a US Passport as a secondary form of identification.

Active Duty Military Identification and Residency Requirements


These are the ONLY forms of Identification I will accept:
  • A valid unexpired Military Identification Card.
  • A valid set of Military orders showing a duty station located in Virginia.
  • A secondary form of identification, showing the same - identical name that is shown on the Military Identification Card

Lawful Alien and Nonimmigrant Details


Lawful Alien Status

Federal law requires a transferee (buyer) who is not a citizen of the United States to provide additional identification in order to establish that he or she is a resident of a State. Such a transferee must provide a valid government-issued photo-identification to the seller that contains the buyer´s name, date of birth, and residence address. The Alien Resident identification number or INS Admission Number must be recorded on the Virginia Firearms Transaction Record (SP-65) form. In addition, such a transferee must provide documentation such as a utility bill or lease agreement that would establish that he or she has resided for at least 90 days prior to the date of this sale.

Nonimmigrant Status

On October 22, 1998, as part of the Omnibus Consolidated Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1999, Pub. L. 105-277, Congress amended the Gun Control Act by creating, with certain exceptions, a new category of persons prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, and possessing firearms: any alien "who has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa." This prohibition applies to "any alien in the United States in a nonimmigrant status." There are exceptions to the nonimmigrant alien provision. A nonimmigrant alien is not prohibited from purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm if the alien: (1) is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States; (2) is an official representative of a foreign government who is accredited to the United States Government or their Government's mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; or (3) has received a waiver from the prohibition form the Attorney General of the United States.