Handgun Purchase Permit

Handgun purchase permits may be applied for in person at the records division of the Sheriff’s office anytime Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a valid NCOL/ID
  • not have a dishonorable discharge or dismissal from the armed forces

A criminal background check will be conducted on all handgun purchase permit applicants (new and updated applications). You will be required to provide three references with day time phone numbers at the time of application. You may also be required to show proof of residency in Cabarrus County (must be a resident for 30 days). Applications may take up to 14 days to process. All permits must be picked up in person by the applicant with a valid NCOL/ID containing correct address information, or the application will not be processed.

Permit fee is $5.00 each (due when application is submitted).

Applicants may submit only one application every 30 days, and may obtain up to five permits per application.

A County Sheriff is only authorized under NCGS§14-402 to issue a permit to receive or purchase a handgun or crossbow when an application is submitted by a person who is a resident of his or her particular County. The sole exception is that the Sheriff may issue a permit to a non-resident when the purpose is for collecting (proof will be required).

Contact 704-920-3100, log on to NC Firearms Laws, or email Susan Johnson with questions about handgun purchase permits.​