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Guilford County Sheriff's Office

Handgun Permit

Under North Carolina General Statutes, the Sheriff of each county is directed to issue weapon permits to qualifying residents of his county, and to non-residents of the county who are collectors. Applications for permits will be accepted Monday through Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, excluding state holidays. All applications must be completed at the Sheriff's Office in the presence of an officer or the Pistol Permit Clerk. Applications may also be obtained at any of the District Offices, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.(All applications must be signed in front of Sheriff’s personnel).

You may also apply online by following the link provide below.

  • Permits will be issued Monday through Friday between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, excluding state holidays.
  • There are no limits on the number of permits an applicant may obtain. Permits are valid for five years.
  • Each Permit costs $5.00 and payment is due at the time of the permit application.
  • Applicants that are denied a permit will not receive a refund.

There is a five business day waiting period (Monday through Friday, state holidays excluded) between the date of application and the date the permit is issued to allow processing of the application. No permit will be issued unless an application and background check have been completed.

An applicant must be at least twenty-one years of age and a legal resident of Guilford County. The applicant must list on the application one of the following reasons for purchasing the weapon:

(a) Protection of the home, business or property;
(b) Target shooting;
(c) Collecting; or
(d) Hunting.
(e) other (specify)

The applicant must present a valid North Carolina driver's license or a North Carolina Special Identification card showing a current address.  The name and address on your application must match your ID.   You may apply for a handgun permit at any of the listed locations

Click here - North Carolina Firearms Laws.

APPLY ONLINE! - Handgun Permit
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GUILFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
400 West Washington St
Greensboro, NC 27402

Greensboro: (336) 641-3694
High Point: (336) 641-3694
Fax: (336) 641-6729