Renewal applications for Concealed Handgun Permits are accepted in-person on a first-come, first-serve basis with no appointment necessary. You must submit your renewal application no more than ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of your permit.

The hours are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
    8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (excluding Holidays)

The Sheriff’s Office also offers limited appointments. Please see our “View On-line calendar” below to schedule the preferred available date and time for an appointment.

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Location

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

Fee

Renewal Application - $80.00 (includes notary fee)

Method of Payment

Cash or Credit/Debit cards are accepted.

*A processing fee will be charged by the vendor for each transaction.*

Renewal Applications (Print all 4 forms)

Please click here to see our FAQ page for additional questions you may have.

Application Requirements

  • 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 either a N.C. Driver’s License or N.C. Identification Card.
  • Please bring in your current permit.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal 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 for past 5 years. Your current address must be listed first.
  • Sworn Law Enforcement Officers and Armed Security personnel may exempt the CHP class requirement by bringing in a copy of their most recent qualification scores signed by either their range officer or direct supervisor.
  • Must authorize Mental Health background check.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Must provide complete set of legible fingerprints (taken at time of application).
  • Must be eligible to own, possess or receive a firearm under the provisions of State or Federal Law. See N.C. Firearm Laws.

Processing Information for Concealed Carry Handgun Permit

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 permits@fcso.us 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 the time of your application. Applicant must provide proper identification when permit is picked up.

General Information

  • 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.
  • Permit is valid for a period of 5 years.
  • Renewal of existing permit can be submitted up to 90 days before the expiration date. Failure to renew an existing permit prior to the expiration date may result in requiring a new firearms safety certificate.
  • If a permit is lost or stolen, the applicant must immediately notify the Permits Unit in person and sign an affidavit. A duplicate card will be initiated at the fee listed above.
  • When a change of address occurs, applicant must notify the Permits Unit in person within thirty days. There is no fee incurred for this process. The Change of Address Form must be kept with existing permit at all times.
  • Fingerprints are submitted to the SBI and FBI for criminal background checks; rejection of fingerprints may result in the denial of an application.
  • There is no fingerprint requirement on renewals if prints were submitted electronically via AFIS machine after June 30, 2001.
  • State Law allows individuals who possess a Concealed Handgun Permit to make handgun purchases without a handgun permit (but it is also at the dealer's discretion to require a purchase permit).
  • For further assistance or questions, contact our office at permits@fcso.us

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