How To Get A Concealed Carry Permit

So you've made the decision that you want to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit in North Carolina. You want to carry concealed to protect yourself and your family, or perhaps you just want to keep a gun in your car, or maybe you want to be able to purchase handguns with ease by using a concealed carry permit versus applying for permits from the Sheriff for each handgun. No matter what your decision there's a few things you need to know before you apply, and a few steps you need to follow. Today I'm going to try and help explain that for you, so try and keep up!

First, before you read any further you must meet some basic requirements at the time of applying! If you don't meet these requirements, or have questions contact your local Sheriff's Office.

You Must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older

  • Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.

  • Be a resident of North Carolina for 30 days preceding the filing of the application

  • Be a resident of (The County where you're applying)

  • Not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that would prevent the safe handling of a handgun

  • Not have any of the prohibitions listed in NCGS 14-415.12(b) or Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), 922

Now, if you meet the requirements above you're on the road to getting your permit. The next step is to find a reputable and certified North Carolina Concealed Carry Instructor. There's a number of places you can find instructors like us but if you are in doubt or you need to confirm an instructor is certified you can call the North Carolina Justice Academy Criminal Justice Standards Department (919-661-5980). Please make sure you've done your homework and are taking a class that at least 8 hours long. The class is meant for those who have handled firearms before, this is not a beginners class so don't expect to walk into a class that teaches you everything you need to know if you haven't shot before. All NC Concealed Carry Instructors also teach the NRA Basic Pistol class which is a perfect class to take before the concealed carry. Make sure you know how to use your firearm before you arrive so as not to slow down the class or cause any safety concerns.

Once you find the Instructor of choice, sign up for one of their classes. Read about ours and what you should expect here on our blog post Click Here. Once you have taken the class, passed the legal exam, and shooting proficiency, you will get a certificate of completion.

Now you will need to go to your local Sheriff's website (Wake, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Cumberland, Sampson, Lee, Chatham) and fill out whether you are requesting a new or renewal permit. Most counties have moved to a uniform online application which we will go through in detail now, if your county does not yet offer this online you can apply in person (information is in the links above)

Using Harnett County as our example for New Permits follow along below:

  • First you need to go to

  • Once there you will select whether you are renewing or applying for a new permit.

  • For our example Harnett will click NEW

  • You now must "Agree" that you understand the application fee is non-refundable, and then "Agree" that you have taken a Concealed Carry Handgun Class, and then you must "Agree" that you won't sign your final paperwork until in the presence of the Sheriff's office, and that you can schedule an appointment, after that you "Agree" again to confirm you will use your Driver's License number and NOT a Military ID number, and finally you must "Agree" that if you were not born in the US you will bring all legal papers from your Immigration to the appointment.

  • After you have hit "Agree" 6 times you will now be able to start filling out paperwork.

  • Below is the information requested, it is all personal information about you that you would find on Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, Drivers Licenses and Employment Applications. You will also choose a password. Fill these out now...

  • In the final section you will fill out and previous addresses first.

  • Once complete you will choose whether you took a class or if you are Law Enforcement or Retired Law Enforcement and enter your Certification/ID number whichever is asked for.

  • Then select your Application Type, Read all warnings and verify your information is correct.

  • Once confirmed and read, enter your initials and click Complete Next Step

  • After this you may be asked to confirm information, make changes or simply proceed to scheduling an appointment.

  • When complete you will be asked to print and bring some additional paperwork with you, make sure you don't sign anything you aren't supposed to until present with the Sheriff or deputy.

  • Below you will find the papers that you will finalize with the Sheriff on the day of your appointment and the forms they will send off to confirm you haven't had mental illness, and etc... (CLICK THE PICTURE FOR ACCESS TO THE DOCUMENT)

  • Make sure you bring the proper payment type and amount, DO NOT bring any firearms and make sure you have all your paperwork, Identification, Certificates, and anything else required by your County.

  • If you have further questions please reach out to your local Sheriff or feel free to ask us and we will attempt to help you as best we can.

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