The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 will begin allowing online applications and payment for concealed handgun permits, in addition to applying in person.
Permits will be by appointment only.
Appointments set up online will be scheduled for between 9 a.m. and noon and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tuesday appointments will be at the Denver satellite office at 1889 N.C. 16 North, across from Westport Baptist Church.
Wednesday appointments will be at the sheriff’s main office, 700 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton.
“This should greatly benefit our citizens by allowing them easier access to apply for a concealed carry permit at any time from any place,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said in announcing the availability of online applications.
From January through October, the Sheriff’s Office issued 1,123 new concealed handgun permits, 79 duplicate permits and 358 renewals. Twenty-one new permit applications were denied, along with one renewal application. Fourteen concealed handgun permits were revoked.
Those applying for a permit online may select an in-person appointment when submitting the application. Those who prefer to apply in person may call 704-732-9050 on weekdays to schedule an appointment at the Sheriff’s Office to fill out the forms.
The online application system accepts all major credit and debit cards. Anyone using the online application system will be assessed a convenience fee of $4 for a new permit and $3 for a renewal permit, plus an applicable credit card fee of about $3 by the private company. The option is voluntary, and any handling fee is between the company and the applicant.
Only cash, personal check or certified checks are accepted when applying in person.
Whether applying online or at the Sheriff’s Office, applicants must bring the original certification of the firearms safety course to their in-person appointments. The Sheriff’s Office keeps the original for its records. Applicants also must bring valid photo identification; North Carolina driver’s licenses or NC ID cards, with the correct current address, will be accepted.
Online applicants should ensure that the address on their identification matches the information entered in the online application.
Applicants must include all previous addresses for the past 10 years and all name changes or former married names in the appropriate places on the online application.
If an applicant has been discharged from the military, a copy of his or her DD214 discharge paper is required.
Applicants should print the completed packet and bring it with to the scheduled appointment.
Fees are $90 for a new permit and $75 for a renewal.
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