** You must be within 60 days of expiration to enter a renewal application on this page ** 

The Wake County Sheriff's Office has reserved appointments to accomodate our renewal applicants. Fill out the renewal application on this page and set your appointment time. You must have an appointment. 

IF you are having difficulty, call us at 919-856-6949 or send email to with your name, permit number, expiration date and a good contact number we will contact you to set up a date and time for you to come in before you expire. This email is reserved for Concealed Carry Handgun Permit Renewals Only.  


Renewal of Carry Concealed Handgun PermitsApplicants must fill out an on-line renewal application. Acceptance of the renewal packet will be conducted by appointment only. Appointments are available only to applicants who expire within the next 60 days.  Customer Service will print your forms on the day of your scheduled appointment


New Carry Concealed Handgun Permits: You must complete a North Carolina State approved carry concealed handgun course prior to application. After you have completed your online application, you must make an appointment to sign the required documents and be fingerprinted.  Customer Service will print your forms on the day of your scheduled appointment. We will not accept walk ins. You must have an appointment. Due to public health concerns, you must wear a face mask/covering when entering our facility for fingerprinting.

Change of Address and Duplicate card requests: Change of address and duplicate card requests must be made in person and do not require and appointment Monday thru Friday 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-4:30 pm (excl. Holidays). Please have your current address already updated with the DMV prior to coming in. There is no fee for changing your address. Duplicate/Replacement cards require a $15.00 fee (cash or check) due at the time of request. Please note, change of address and duplicate card requests are for Wake County permit holders only. If your permit is issued in another County, you must contact the County of issuance to change your address or to request a duplicate permit.

General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used.

The Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict state guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for Concealed Handgun Permits. Due to the nature of the detailed due diligence, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks. During the application process, you will be asked to schedule an appointment (for New and Renewal CHP permits). Please note that you will be asked to pay now to reserve your appointment.

In accordance with NCGS 14-415.13(a), Concealed Handgun Permits MUST be obtained from the Sheriff of your county of RESIDENCE.

If you are RENEWING a Concealed Handgun Permit, you MUST apply PRIOR to your expiration date, but no more than 60 days prior to the expiration date.

If your permit has EXPIRED, but it has been LESS than 60 days since the permit expired, you will be required to apply as a NEW APPLICANT, be fingerprinted, and pay the $90.00 fee, but you will not be required to submit a new training certificate.

If more than 60 days has passed since your permit EXPIRED, you must retake the CONCEALED HANDGUN TRAINING COURSE, apply as a NEW APPLICANT, and submit the NEW TRAINING CERTIFICATE with the application.


  • A New Concealed Handgun Permit costs $90.00, which includes the $10.00 fingerprinting fee. (Online transactions: $5.00 convenience fee for each permit, credit card transaction fee of no more than .30 per transaction and up to 3.3% of total transaction may be charged by the 3rd party payment processor for all transactions)
  • A Renewal Concealed Handgun Permit costs $75.00 (Online transactions: $5.00 convenience fee for each permit, credit card transaction fee of no more than .30 per transaction and up to 3.3% of total transaction may be charged by the 3rd party payment processor for all transactions)
  • Applications for CHP and Renewals will be processed between 8:30am-12:00am and 1:00pm-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
  • Click on the NEW or RENEW application link to start the application.


Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.


Permit to Carry Information

Concealed Handgun Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a citizen, naturalized citizen, or possess a permanent resident alien card;
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • have attained at least one month's residency (30 days) in Wake County;
  • not suffer from any mental or physical infirmity which would prevent safe handgun handling and operation;
  • at the time of pickup, provide a valid driver's license or other picture ID with current address provided by the State of North Carolina;
  • successfully complete a firearms training and safety course that has been designed by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Commission (See Yellow Pages or a firearms dealer for businesses that provide training).

A criminal background check is performed on each applicant before granting the permit. The processing of the concealed carry weapons permit takes much longer than the handgun purchase permit. The Sheriff has forty-five (45) days from the time all application materials, to include receipt of the mental health records, are received to either issue or deny a permit. N.C. General Statute 14-415-15(a).

Anyone interested in applying for a concealed carry weapon permit must make an appointment online using this system. Prior to using this system, make sure you have the following information available.

  • NC Driver's license number
  • NC Firearms Training Certificate Number (located at the bottom right corner of the certificate)

If you have a Firearms Safety and Training Course Exemption for Qualified Sworn Law Enforcement Officer and Certain Other Persons (N.C.G.S § 14-415.12A), you MUST bring the following items with you in order to exempt you from taking the NC Firearms Safety Training Course and sign an exemption form in our office:

1. North Carolina active law enforcement credentials; or

2. Retired North Carolina law enforcement, correctional or probation/parole officer credentials (within the past two years); or

3. Licensed or registered NCPPSB armed security guard permit.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO exemption for Federal Agents, State or Federal Correctional Officers

A Concealed Handgun Permit requires a $90.00 non-refundable fee (which includes a $10.00 fingerprint fee) payable online using any major credit or debit card.

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For More Information, Contact:

John H. Baker Jr. Public Safety Center
330 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27602

Phone: 919-856-6949


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software

NC General Statute 14-315.1: Storage of firearms to protect minors

(a) Any person who resides in the same premises as a minor, owns or possesses a firearm, and stores or leaves the firearm (i) in a condition that the firearm can be discharged and (ii) in a manner that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised minor would be able to gain access to the firearm, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if a minor gains access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor's parents or a person having charge of the minor and the minor:

  1. Possesses it in violation of G.S. 14-269.2(b);
  2. Exhibits it in a public place in a careless, angry, or threatening manner;
  3. Causes personal injury or death with it not in self defense; or
  4. Uses it in the commission of a crime.

(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from carrying a firearm on his or her body, or placed in such close proximity that it can be used as easily and quickly as if carried on the body.

(c) This section shall not apply if the minor obtained the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.

(d) "Minor" as used in this section means a person under 18 years of age who is not emancipated. (1993, c. 558, s. 2; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 14, s. 11.)