Handgun Purchase Permits will be accepted in-person in two ways; walk-in on a first-come, first-serve basis or by appointment. You may complete the application electronically to bring with you prior to coming to the Sheriff’s Office. The processing of your application will begin on the date and time that you apply in-person. To schedule an appointment for the preferred available date and time click “View Online Calendar”. At the submission of your application you may request multiple purchase permits.

Pistol Purchase Permit Application

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Application for a handgun purchase permit takes place at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center located at 301 N. Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Hours of Operation:

Walk-ins – Residents are served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (excluding Holidays)
    8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Appointments – Residents may select the preferred available date and time for an appointment by clicking the “View Online Calendar” below.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (excluding Holidays)
    Appointments on the half hour from 9:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday (excluding Holidays)
    Appointments are in the afternoon ONLY on the half hour from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

View Online Calendar


Each permit is $5.00.

Method of Payment

Cash or Credit/Debit cards are accepted.
*A processing fee will be charged by the vendor for each transaction.*

Application Requirements

  • Must schedule an appointment and apply in person.
  • Must be able to properly complete application process.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to purchase from federal firearms dealer and 18 for a private sale.
  • Must provide current/valid identification in the form of either a N.C. Driver's License or N.C. State Identification Card.
  • Must be a U. S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  • Must be a resident of North Carolina for a minimum of 30 days and provide proof of being a Forsyth County resident. (Such as a NC ID or Driver's License with a Forsyth County address)
  • Must provide a list of previous addresses back to age 16 or the past 20 years, whichever is shorter.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Must not have any pending criminal charges that if convicted would be a disqualifying offense.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Must be eligible to own, possess or receive a firearm under the provisions of State or Federal Law. See N.C. Firearm Laws.
  • Applicant must be required to authorize a mental health check.

Processing Information

Applicants will be provided information on when their permit will be available to pick up during the application submission process. Letters of denial will be sent to the email provided at the time of application. Should the applicant not have an email address, a letter will be mailed to the address as provided during the application process.

Applicant must provide a valid N.C Driver’s License or N.C. Identification Card when the permit is picked up.

General Information

  • During the scheduled appointment, the applicant may request multiple purchase permits.
  • Permit applications are taken under oath. False or fictitious information provided during the application process may cause the applicant to be criminally charged.
  • Handgun permits are for the purpose of purchasing handguns. One permit is required for each handgun purchase.
  • The permit does not entitle the applicant to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Once the permit is approved, the permit is valid for a period of 5 years.
  • Permit is not renewable or replaceable if lost or stolen.
  • Address and name changes will be processed if requested for unused and valid permits in your possession.
  • The Permits Unit does not provide application status over the telephone or email.

The Permits Unit does not provide application status over the telephone or email. Notification of approved/denied permits will be made upon determination.

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