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Pistol Purchase Permits

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Hours of operation:

  • 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday

Questions call:

  • 919-856-6949

Applicant requirements for a Pistol Purchase Permit:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must be a resident of Wake County for a minimum of 30 days
  • Must have a valid NC Driver's License or NC ID Card displaying your current residential address.
  • Resident Aliens: Must bring a resident alien card, social security card and a NC driver’s license or NC ID card
  • Naturalized Citizens: Must bring your Naturalization Certificate or valid US Passport
  • Must NOT be convicted of any felony, or similar offense in any jurisdiction or currently under indictment for any felonious offense
  • Must NOT be a fugitive from justice 
  • Must NOT be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, any depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug
  • Must NOT be adjudged incompetent on grounds of mental illness, nor have been committed to any mental institution
  • Must NOT be convicted of a Domestic Violence Offense
  • Must NOT have unresolved criminal charges pending
  • Must NOT have a suspended driver's license
  • Must NOT have a substantial history of convictions, arrests, or reports demonstrating a continuing pattern of criminal activity
  • Must NOT be discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions 
  • Must NOT be an illegal alien or unlawfully residing in the United States 
  • Must NOT have been a citizen of the United States and renounced that citizenship

To apply for a pistol permit you may apply online or in person:

  • ONLINE: Complete application & pay applicable fees

  • In Person:

    • John H. Baker Public Safety Center
      330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
      • Present a valid North Carolina Drivers License or ID card
      • Present five US dollars ($5.00) per requested permit upon application
  • When your permit(s) are ready:

    • You must appear in person at:
      • John Baker H. Public Safety Center
        330 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
    • Present a valid North Carolina Drivers License or ID card
    • Permits must be picked up by the applicant within twenty-eight (28) days of notification or you will have to re-apply.


  • Online:

    • Five US dollars ($5.00) per permit (Cash, Credit or Debit), Non-refundable
    • Three US dollars ($3.00) plus a credit card convenience fee,  Non-refundable
*Credit Card fee is not collected by and no portion is received by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office
  • In Person:

    • Five US dollars ($5.00) per permit due with application, Non-refundable
If your Permit Request Is Denied, you will be notified:
    • In writing or via email as to why it was refused.

What do I do if my permit is refused?

    • You may appeal the decision to the Chief District Court Judge of Wake County

How do I appeal?

  • North Carolina General Statute 14-404 provides that when an individual has been refused a pistol permit or had a pistol permit revoked by the Sheriff, the individual has the right to appeal the refusal / revocation.
    • The individual may appeal the decision by submitting a written or typed petition (statement) to the Chief District Court Judge setting forth the reasons for appeal.
    • The petition along with a copy of the Sheriff’s notice of refusal / revocation must be submitted with a filing fee of $150.00 (personal checks will not be accepted) to the Clerk of Superior Court, Civil Division, Wake County Courthouse located at 316 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601.
    • Generally appeals of refusal / revocation of pistol permits are considered by the Chief District Court Judge without hearing. The Chief District Court Judge will notify the individual of his/her decision in writing.

Buying and Selling Pistols

  • You must obtain a valid pistol permit, whether you receive the weapon from a commercial dealer or a private person. The requirement also applies without regard to whether it is a transaction for money or a gift.
  • It is a misdemeanor to sell or otherwise dispose of a handgun without first obtaining a pistol permit from the recipient of the pistol.


*** It is your responsibility to know the NC gun laws. Below is a link to the NC firearms laws and a downloadable copy of the Wake County firearms ordinance.***

NC Department of Justice
Wake County Firearms Ordinance




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