In order for a citizen in North Carolina to legally carry a concealed weapon (handgun) outside of their personal property, they must apply for and obtain a NC Concealed Carry Weapons Permit (CCW). Below are the requirements for applicants to register for their CCW through the Sheriff’s Office.
CCW Application Requirements
- An applicant must be a citizen of the United States and have been a resident of the state thirty days or longer immediately preceding the filing of the application. The Sheriff may require the applicant to submit, if necessary, appropriate documentation, to include birth certificates, tax filings or voter registration.
- The applicant must be twenty-one years of age or older.
- The applicant must not suffer from a physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun. The Sheriff will require the applicant to sign a release authorizing the Sheriff to receive physical and mental health records from a health care provider who has provided treatment or care to the applicant.
- The applicant must successfully complete an approved firearms safety and training course and deliver to the Sheriff the original safety course certificate of completion.
- Bring the required fee with them (payable by cash or check)
Schedule of Fees
- New Application: $90.00
- License Renewal: $75.00
If you have any questions regarding the application process or would like to make arrangements to apply for your CCW, please contact Renee Williams at 828-632-1111 (Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm).
NOTE: On August 11th, 2004, the Governor signed into law that citizens with a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons Permit) can purchase handguns through dealers, using their CCW. It is no longer necessary for these citizens, who have already been approved to carry a concealed weapon and have been fingerprinted, to come to the Sheriff’s Office to obtain a Pistol Purchase Permit.