CCW permits for handguns are given on a "shall issue" basis. It is also required that the person have a background check when applying for the CCW permit. Either a 4 year permit or a lifetime permit can be purchased. There are two types of CCW permits a qualified license for hunting a target practice, and an unlimited license for self defense. For the qualified license a 4 year permit costs $5, and the lifetime permit costs $25. For the unlimited the 4 year permit costs $30 and the lifetime license costs $75
Concealed carry is the ability to, legally carry a gun that is not plainly visible. This applies to carrying it on one's person, or inside their vehicle. While many states allow concealed carry of a firearm on one's person with a permit, most do not allow concealed carry in a vehicle, or have strict guidelines on how the gun must be stored.
Most states require the applicant be at least 21 to apply for a permit, along with other requirements unique from state to state. There is a fee invaulved in getting a CCW which varies widly from state to state. Some states honor the concealed carry permit of certain other states (see the Permits Honored section for a complete listing).