The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has had an operational change for issuance of concealed handgun permit applications. Please choose from the following links to obtain instructions concerning our services.
Application for a concealed handgun permit takes place at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center located at 301 N. Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
The Sheriff’s Office accepts applications for concealed carry handgun permits in-person in two ways; walk-in on a first-come, first-serve basis or by appointment. Please see each service requested for hours and days of operation.
New Application - $95.00 (includes notary fee and fingerprinting fee)
Renewal Application - $80.00 (includes notary fee)
Duplicate - $15.00
Cash or Credit/Debit cards are accepted.
*A processing fee will be charged by the vendor for each transaction.*
Processing may take up to 45 days after the background check is complete and all mental health returns are received. This process generally takes 60-90 days from the date of application. If the application for a permit is denied, the applicant will be notified in writing stating the reason for the denial. An applicant may appeal the denial, revocation, or non-renewal of a permit by petitioning the Chief District Court Judge.
The Permits Unit does not provide application status over the phone. Any applicant wanting to check the status after 90 days from application date of a permit may request an update by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by appearing in person at the Sheriff's Office. Once the permit is approved, the applicant will be contacted by an auto dialer via the phone number provided at time of application. The applicant must appear in person and provide proper identification when picking up the permit.