For residents of North Carolina, it’s a fairly simple process to obtain a permit for legally carrying a concealed handgun. You will have to meet criteria set by the State, which includes the successful completion of a Concealed Carry Course. We created this guide to help walk you through the steps.
Are You Eligible?
To obtain a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit (NC CCH), you must:
- Be a US or naturalized citizen
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have been a resident for at least 30 days in the county where you are applying for the permit
- Not have a mental or physical infirmity that would prevent safe handgun handling
- Provide a valid driver’s license or other photo ID with current address provided by the State of NC
- Successfully complete an approved firearms training and safety course
There are additional legal prohibitions that may keep an applicant from receiving a permit. See the full list.
Take a Concealed Carry Class
Once you have determined that you are legally eligible, you will need to complete an approved concealed carry class. At Triangle Shooting Academy, we are happy to help you to get your NC Concealed Carry Handgun permit.
Our Concealed Carry Course includes 8 hours of classroom training, followed by a written test, then a shooting qualification on the firing range. The shooting qualification consists of:
- 10 shots at 3 yards
- 15 shots at 5 yards
- 15 shots at 7 yards
The minimum qualifying score is 70% (28 of 40) on a B27 human silhouette, or equivalent, target. To successfully complete the course, you must pass both the written and shooting exams.
Don’t worry! Thanks to our expert instruction, most students who take the course at Triangle Shooting Academy pass on the first try. In fact, we have a 98% success rate with first-time students.
Apply for a Permit
After you successfully complete an approved course, you can apply for your NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit through your local sheriff’s office. Start by checking their website to see if you can apply online or if you must visit their office. Some counties require you to schedule your visit.
Some local concealed carry permit websites:
The sheriff’s office will require you to present your certificate of completion from the concealed carry course. You will need to fill out an application, submit your fingerprints and pay a non-refundable fee, which is typically $90.00. You may also be required to approve the release of mental health records, etc.
Once you complete the requirements through your local sheriff’s office, you will have to wait before receiving your permit. Typically, the waiting period is 45 days from either the date you apply for the permit or 45 days after they receive all required personal records. It varies depending on the county. Once your permit is issued, you will either receive it through the mail or be asked to pick it up at your sheriff’s office. Again, this varies by county.