Gun Permits

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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

Apply in person 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.

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.


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