Gun Permits

Pistol Purchase Permits

Information on Law Changes Effective December 1, 2015

  1. Have good moral character.
  2. Be a resident of Stokes County.
  3. Be 21 years of age or older.
  4. Must not be subject to a court order that:
    1. Was issued after a hearing of which the person received actual notice, and at which the person had an opportunity to participate;
    2. Restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of the intimate partner of the person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child; and
    3. Includes a finding that the person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of the intimate partner or child; or by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.
  5. Must not be under an indictment or been convicted in any state, or in any court of the U.S., of a felony.
  6. Must have been a citizen of the U.S. and/or have not renounced his or her citizenship.
  7. Must not be a fugitive from justice.
  8. Must not be an unlawful user of or addicted to marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.
  9. Must not be adjudicated mentally incompetent or ever been committed to any mental institution.
  10. Must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  11. Must not be in the United States illegally.
  12. Must have a valid photo id with current address information.

Permits are typically given to the individual at the time of application. If no one is available at the time of application to complete the background or there are items located on your record that require additional investigation, then your permit may be delayed. The Sheriff has 14 days to issue or deny the permit. This permit is valid only in North Carolina and is valid for five years from the date of issuance. A Permit to Purchase does not in any way authorize you to carry a weapon concealed in public. If you should have to transport a weapon while in an automobile, unload it and lock it in the trunk. If you carry it under the seat, you could be charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Should you decide to sell or dispose of your handgun, you should require the purchaser to obtain a valid permit and remember, always keep your handguns stored out of the reach of children.

Pistol purchase permits are $5.00 to apply. You must have your driver’s license/ government ID with you when you apply and it must have your current address correct on it.

Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  

Use the links below to download an application in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Please print clearly all information on the form. If we can not read your information, you may have to complete it again at the time of application. If you have questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact the Sheriff's Office directly at 336-593-8787. Thank you.

Pistol Purchase Permit

Carry Concealed Handgun Permit and Application

NOTE: All application funds are non-refundable

New Applicant
The Stokes County Sheriff’s Office will process applications for Carry Concealed Handgun permits for Stokes County citizens only. If you reside in another county, then you must apply at that Sheriff’s Office.

Once you have completed the firearms safety course and are ready to apply for your permit, you will need to contact the Sheriff’s Office to schedule an appointment. If you would like to expedite the process you can complete the forms in advance and bring them with you. DO NOT SIGN THE FORMS. THIS MUST BE DONE IN FRONT OF A NOTARY. We have a notary on staff at the office. You can find the required forms at the bottom of this page.

Appointments will be scheduled during the business hours Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

In order to schedule your appointment you will need to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 336-593-8787.

Your application may take up to 90 days to process. We will make every effort possible to process you application in a timely manner.

Once we receive your permit back from the State of NC, then someone from our office will call you to come to our office and pick it up. It is your responsibility to keep your information current with our office. You will have to pick up your permit in person because you have to sign the card in our presence.

The application fee for a new applicant is $90.00. We do accept credit cards or debit cards.

The Sheriff’s Office will process all renewal applications for Stokes County residents by appointment. You must apply before the expiration of your current carry concealed card. You cannot apply for a renewal more than 90 prior to the expiration of your permit.

You can call 336-593-8787 to schedule your appointment.

If you would like to expedite the process you can complete the forms below and bring them with you. DO NOT SIGN THE FORMS. THIS MUST BE DONE IN FRONT OF A NOTARY. We have a notary on staff at the office.

The fee for renewals is:
$75.00 dollars if you do not have to be fingerprinted and $85.00 if you do have to be fingerprinted.

A Duplicate License or Change of Address
You may call the Sheriff’s Office to obtain an appointment to fill out the necessary documentation to obtain a duplicate card or change your demographic information. This process will only take a few minutes, but an appointment will make sure the appropriate people are here to handle the request.

The only reason to file for a duplicate is to replace a lost or destroyed card. You cannot have 2 cards in your possession.

The fee for a duplicate card is $15.00.

New Applicant and Renewal
Concealed Handgun Application Package

Forms must be completed in the office.
You will need your government ID with the correct information when you come to your appointment

What you must bring with you when you come to apply.
If you do not have all the necessary paperwork, then we will NOT be able to accept your application.

  1. The original firearms safety certificate.
  2. Govt ID with current and correct information.
  3. DD-214 if you have any military experience.
  4. Enough money to pay the fee when you apply.
  5. Optional—The completed paperwork described under the application procedures.

What you must do when stopped by an officer.
North Carolina State Law requires when approached or addressed by any officer, you must IMMEDIATELY disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit and inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun. You should not attempt to draw or display either your weapon or your permit to the officer unless and until he directs you to do so. Your hands are to be kept in plain view and you are not to make any sudden movements.

List of firearm instructors:

Jeff Booth


King, NC

Charles Brown


King, NC

Tony Hill

336-994-2137/ 409-7006

Walnut Cove, NC

Hugh Irwin


Sandy Ridge, NC

Mike Marshall


King, NC

Teddy Ray Morton


Lawsonville, NC

Barry Vernon


King, NC

Ken Young


Pine Hall, NC

Sam and Bonnie Young


King, NC

CCH Reciprocity