Handgun Permits

Effective September 3, 2013, North Carolina purchase permits allow you to purchase a firearm in North Carolina. NC law allows for the purchase of a single handgun with a single valid purchase permit.

Application to Purchase a Firearm

To fill out a Purchase Permit Application, fill out the online form or, come to the Sheriffs Office Located at:

  • 232 N Main Street
    Salisbury, NC 28144
  • 102 North Central Avenue
    Landis, NC 28088

Additional Items Needed

When applying you will need: 

  • Present valid Driver's License with correct address
  • $5 per permit in cash (in advance/non refundable if denied)

Additional Information

There is no limit on number of permits. Permits are good for 5 years. Apply as many times with no 30 day waiting period. Call 704-216-8700 for more information.

Concealed Handgun Permit

In July 1995, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted a Concealed Carry Handgun law that allows qualifying citizens the opportunity to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Application Process

To apply you will need to complete an approved Firearms Safety and Training Course. (We do not teach this class at the Sheriff's office, but we can provide you with a list of qualified instructors in Rowan County.) 

Make an appointment to go to the Landis Sheriff's Office to complete your application process. Call 704-216-8742 to set up your appointment. You may fill out the Application Form (PDF) prior to your appointment. 

Additional Items Needed

On the day of your appointment you will need:    

  • Original Certificate from Firearms Course 
  • Cash or check for $90 
  • Valid Driver's License with correct address 

Additional Information

All other forms will be explained to you, completed and notarized during your appointment. You will also be fingerprinted at this time.  

Concealed Handgun Permit Renewal

Renewals need to be applied for 60 to 90 days prior to your expiration. Do not let your permit expire. 

Make an appointment to go to the Landis Sheriff's Office to complete your renewal process. Call 704-216-8742 to set up your appointment. 

On the day of your appointment, all forms will be completed and explained to you and notarized. 

Military Applicants

If you have been in the military, we will need a copy of your DD-214 If it was not provided earlier. 


There is a $75 renewal fee (cash or check) due the day of your appointment. 

Permit Holder Contact Information

If you move, it is your responsibility to contact this office to complete a change of address form.

The address on your NC Driver's License and your Concealed Carry Permit must match to be valid.