Handgun Purchase Permits

Handgun purchase permits may be applied for online. Select the word "Application" below to begin the process.


Visit our office Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm to complete an application on a kiosk available in the records lobby (5th floor). 

Address: 30 Corban Avenue SE, Concord, NC.

Effective December 1, 2015, per NC General Statute 14-404(e1), all handgun purchase permit applicants will be required to submit a mental health release form before the application can be processed. You may have the form notarized and attach it to your application or complete the form in our office Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a valid NCOL/ID (non expired, correct name and address)
  • not have a dishonorable discharge or dismissal from the armed forces

A criminal and mental health background check will be conducted on all handgun purchase permit applicants. You may also be required to show proof of residency in Cabarrus County (must be a resident for 30 days).

If you were born outside the US, you will be required to provide proof of citizenship (naturalization, born abroad birth certificate, valid US passport, etc.). If you are a resident alien, you will be required to provide your valid registration card. Applications will not be processed without this documentation.

Applications can 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.

A permit is required for every handgun you wish to purchase. Permit fee is $5 for each permit requested (due when application is submitted, non-refundable). This permit is surrendered to the seller at the time of purchase and is not a permit to carry a handgun.

A County Sheriff is only authorized under NCGS§14-402 to issue a permit to receive or purchase a handgun when an application is submitted by a person who is a resident of his/her 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.​​

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