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. 

Check the status of an EXISTING order (Be Aware: Status does not change until you are approved or denied.):       CLICK HERE



If you are RENEWING a Concealed Handgun Permit, AFTER submitting an online application, you will print off your application (option that shows PRINT PACKAGE) and fill it out completely with a Notary. IF YOU DO NOT PRINT OUT THE APPLICATION PACKAGE AND TURN IT INTO THE OFFICE/ MAIL IT TO US, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION RESULTING IN APPLYING AS A NEW APPLICANT AND RETAKING THE NC SAFETY COURSE. You have the option of mailing it to our office or dropping it off anytime between 8-5 Monday – Friday. Please also provide a copy of your driver’s license and concealed carry permit (Front Only). The mailing address is Guilford County Sheriff's Office Attn: CCW 201 S. Eugene St. Ste 103LE Greensboro, NC 27401. You must apply for renewal PRIOR to your expiration date; if your permit is expired, you cannot renew. However, if your expired permit is within 60-days of expiration, you can apply as a NEW applicant without having to re-take the NC Safety Course. If more than 60 days have passed and you have not submitted a renewal application, you must retake the CONCEALED HANDGUN TRAINING COURSE, apply as a NEW APPLICANT, and schedule a date and time to come in to process. 

      Renewal Only: 4 pages require a NOTARY. The 4 pages are as follows:

                1) 2nd page of application (Sworn before me)

                2) Affidavit in the matter of the concealed handgun permit renewal

                3) Personal information release

                4) Release of physical and mental health

*** Ensure all forms are printed single-sided!

If you applied for renewal prior to your expiration you will automatically receive an extension to carry concealed. You will not be able to purchase after your current card expires until you have received your new card in the mail. 


      • A New Concealed Handgun Permit costs $90.00, which includes the $10.00 fingerprinting fee.
      • A Renewal Concealed Handgun Permit costs $75.00
      • Name Change due to divorce or marriage costs $15.00 (Duplicate)
      • Applications for New CCH permits are processed by appointments in group sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional appointments may be available due to volume.
      • 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 or a naturalized citizen;
  • If you are a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident Alien, you will need your Alien/USCIS Number and bring your U.S. Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) to your appointment.
  • be twenty-one (21) years of age;
  • have attained at least one month's residency (30 days) in Guilford County;
  • not suffer from any mental or physical infirmity which would prevent safe handgun handling and operation;
  • 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 Law Enforcement Qualification (N.C.G.S § 14-415.12(A)), you MUST bring the following items with you in order to exempt you from taking the NC Firearms Safety Training Course:

  1. Firearms Qualification Scores that are within the last 12 months.
  2. A letter from your superior stating that you are not under any disciplinary action and are eligible to carry your weapon.
  3. Your law enforcement ID badge


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:

Guilford County Sheriff's Office

Law Enforcement Center

(Located in Guilford Co. Courthouse)

Lower Ground Level
201 S Eugene St. Ste. 103LE
Greensboro, NC 27401

Phone: 336-641-3735

Because of the significant increase in the number of applicants for pistol purchase permits (PPPs) recently, those applying for a PPP may find it is taking longer to process your application.


The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank you for your patience during these extraordinary circumstances and want to ensure you we are diligently working to  

process all applications as fast as possible.

For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453

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.)