Concealed Weapon Permits

Online Concealed Weapon Permit Forms

Do not sign the application upon completion. All applications must be signed in front of Sheriff's Office personnel.

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New Applications

Renewal Applications


Location and Hours of Operation

Application for a concealed weapon permit takes place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building located at 301 North Church Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)

8:30 am - 11:30 am


New Application - $90.00 + $5.00 Notary Fee (includes fingerprint fee)
Renewal Application - $75.00 + $5.00 Notary Fee
Duplicate - $15.00

Method of Payment

Cash or Credit Card cards are accepted.

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. State 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 within the past 20 years. Your current address must be listed first.
  • Must have successfully completed an approved firearms training course and provide the original certificate with application – Firearms Safety Certificate (valid from one year of issue date).
  • If discharged from the military, must provide a copy of your DD-214 which indicates an Honorable Discharge.
  • 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, posses or receive a firearm under the provisions of State or Federal Law. See N.C. Firearm Laws.

Processing Information

Processing may take up to 45 days after the mental health background check is completed. If the application for a permit is denied, the applicant will be notified in writing, stating the grounds for denial, within 45 days. 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. Once the permit is approved, the applicant will be contacted via phone. 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 less than 30 days before the expiration date may result in providing 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, unless the individual requests a duplicate permit. If a duplicate permit is not obtained, 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 via AFIS machine after June 30, 2001.
  • State Law now allows individuals who possess a Carry Concealed Weapon Permit to make handgun purchases without a gun permit (but it is also at the dealer's discretion to require a purchase permit).
  • For further assistance or questions, contact our office at