The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office provides several firearms services as required by State and Federal law. These services include Handgun Permits, Carry Concealed Weapon Permits and the disposal of unwanted firearms.

If you know of someone who is illegally in possession of a firearm, or someone that is a convicted felon who carries a firearm, please contact us.

If you have unwanted firearms, you must obtain a court order and the Sheriff's Office will dispose of these firearms for you.


Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 am – 11:30 am


Pistol Purchase Permit - $5.00 per permit

Concealed Carry Weapon Permit

  • New Application - $95.00 (includes notary fee and fingerprinting fee)
  • Renewal Application - $75.00 (includes notary fee)
  • Duplicate - $15.00

Method of Payment

Cash or Debit /Credit Cards are accepted
*Processing fees are included on the Debit/Credit Card transactions.

Application Requirements

  • Pistol Purchase Permit applicants may apply online or in person.
  • Concealed Weapon Permit applicants must apply in person.
  • Must be able to properly complete application process.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must provide current/valid identification in the form of a State issued Driver’s License or State issued Identification Card.
  • Must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship if born outside the United States.
  • Must be a resident of Forsyth County for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Must provide a list of previous addresses for the past 20 years.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Must not have any pending charges or unserved papers.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Must be eligible to own, possess or receive a firearm under the provisions of State and Federal Law. See N.C. Firearm Laws (make it connect to link for firearms laws). Deniable offenses may include but are not limited to:
    • Most assault charges
    • Carry concealed weapons charges
    • Numerous DWI charges
    • Any felony conviction
    • Any drug conviction in the past 5 years
    • Any assault on law enforcement officer
    • Any resist/delay or obstruct charge

Processing Information

Pistol Permit applications will be processed within 14 business days as provided by State Law. Applicants will be contacted when permit(s) are ready to be picked up. Letters of denial are sent and any individual receiving a denial notification may appeal the denial to the Chief District Court Judge.

Applicant must provide proper identification when permit is picked up.

General Information

  • Concealed Carry Weapons Permit applications are taken under oath and notarized. False or fictitious information provided during the application process may cause the applicant to be criminally charged.
  • Handgun permits are for the purpose of making a purchase, and does not entitle the applicant to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Once the permit is approved, it will be valid for a period of 5 years.
  • Handgun Permits are not renewable or replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • The Permits Unit does not provide application status over the phone.
  • Must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship if born outside the United States.
  • Must be a resident of Forsyth County for a minimum of 30 days.
  • For further assistance or questions, contact our office. Or email us at