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Handgun Purchase Permits

All gun owners should learn the laws regulating the use of firearms. Local regulations differ and laws can vary from state to state. Gun owners must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used. Permits to buy handguns in North Carolina must be obtained from the Sheriff in the County that you reside.

Application Process

A handgun purchase permit can be obtained online or by visiting the Sheriff's Office Records Division.

Apply online for a permit at Permitium.com

Apply in person using our kiosk at the Sheriff's Office located at:

Durham County Courthouse
510 South Dillard Street
Durham, NC 27701

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30pm

Concealed Handgun Permits

The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office is required to follow strict federal guidelines when conducting the mandated background checks for all concealed handgun permits. The application process, which includes scheduling an appointment can take multiple weeks as staff members thoroughly examine each application.

Apply online for a permit at Permitium.com

Application Process

All applicants are required to schedule an appointment for new concealed handgun permits or renewals. All required fees are due at the time you reserve your appointment.

In accordance with NCGS 14-415.13(a), Concealed Handgun Permits MUST be obtained from the Sheriff of your County of Residence.

If you are RENEWING a Concealed Handgun Permit, you MUST apply prior to your expiration date, but no more than 90 days prior to the expiration date.

If your permit has EXPIRED, but it has been LESS than 60 days since the permit expired, you will be required to apply as a NEW APPLICANT, be fingerprinted, and pay the $90.00 fee, but you will not be required to submit a new training certificate.

If more than 60 days has passed since your permit EXPIRED, you must retake the Concealed Handgun Training Course, apply as a new applicant, and submit the new training certificate with the application.

Appointments

New Concealed Carry Permit Applications  

 Tuesday & Thursday from 9 a.m. - to 4 p.m.

Renewal Applications

Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 For more information visit our Records Division page

FAQs

  • How do I obtain a concealed handgun permit application?
  • How much does a new concealed handgun permit cost?
  • How much does it cost to renew a concealed handgun permit?
  • How much does a duplicate concealed handgun permit cost?
  • Why does it cost so much to obtain a concealed handgun permit?
  • What documents do I need to apply for a concealed handgun permit?
  • How long does it usually take for my concealed handgun permit to be issued?
  • Why does it take so long to issue a concealed handgun permit?
  • How long is a concealed handgun permit valid for?
  • Do I need to be a resident of North Carolina to obtain a concealed handgun permit?
  • Are military personnel exempt from residency requirements?
  • I have a valid concealed handgun permit from another county in North Carolina and have moved to Durham County. What do I need to do?
  • I have a valid concealed handgun permit issued in another state and have moved to Durham County. What do I need to do?
  • Does the Durham County Sheriff's Office have a list of approved firearms safety courses?
  • Where am I allowed to carry a concealed weapon?
  • I recently moved, but still reside in Durham County. What do I need to do?
  • My concealed handgun permit was lost, stolen or destroyed. What do I need to do?
  • Will the Sheriff's Office notify me when my concealed handgun permit is ready for pick up?
  • My legal name is now different than the one on my concealed handgun permit. What do I need to do?
  • Is my Durham County concealed handgun permit valid in other counties of North Carolina?
  • Is my Durham County concealed handgun permit valid in other states?
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