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Indiana Handgun License Application Procedure


  • You may apply no more than 365 days (1 year) before your current permit expires.


  • You must complete your application at your local police station, before your permit expires, to be allowed to carry while your application is being processed and to pay the lower fee. If your permit has expired, you cannot carry while processing.


Step 1: Go to http://aries.in.gov/firearms/permit.aspx to fill out your application. After completing the form click submit and you will receive an application number. Please write it down! It is critical that you use the same application number when you submit your fingerprints.

Once submitted online you have 30 days to visit your local police agency to complete the application process. Residents from cities of Valparaiso, Portage, Chesterton, Porter, Kouts, Hebron, Ogden Dunes, Burns Harbor, or Beverly Shores must contact your city or town police department for instructions. If you are a resident of unincorporated Porter County you will complete your application at the Porter County Sheriff’s Dept following the next 2 steps.


Step 2: You must schedule an appointment online (no walk-ins) with L-1 Identity Solutions, aka Morpho Trust/IdentoGO, to have your fingerprints taken electronically for the Indiana State Police. There is a charge of $9.95 and they will also collect your state application fee (see below). You may click the link that appears when you obtain your application number or go to: https://in.ibtfingerprint.com


Step 3: Come to the Sheriff’s Dept. Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM 3:30 PM (except holidays). You will be reviewing & signing your application so please bring your reading glasses along with:

         Application number that you gave when you submitted your fingerprints.

         Money order for local fee (see below) made payable to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department

         IN driver’s license or ID, with current address

         Your current permit, if applicable


License Type            

Local Application Fee

  State Application Fee + Fingerprinting

Money order or cahier’s check payable to Porter County Sheriff's Dept.

Both are collected by L1/Morpho Trust IdentoGo – They accept a credit card online or bring them a money order or cashier’s check payable to MorphoTrust USA

Four Yr Hunting & Target


$5.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $14.95

Four Yr Personal Protection


$30.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $39.95

Lifetime Hunting & Target/ No Current License


$25.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $34.95

Lifetime Hunting & Target/ Current Valid License


$20.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $29.95

Lifetime Personal Protection/ No Current License


$75.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $84.95

Lifetime Personal Protection/ Current License


$60.00 + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $69.95

Retired Law Enforcement Officer-**


Fee Exempt

Retired Corrections Officer-**


Fee Exempt

Firearms Dealer Person Protection-

Bring copy of your current dealer's license

$10.00- 4 year or

$40.00- Lifetime with

Current License or

$50.00- Lifetime without

current license

Fee Exempt + $9.95 fingerprinting fee = $9.95

A portion of the local fee is refundable if a license is not issued. The entire state fee is refundable if no license is issued.

The fingerprinting fee is not refundable.

** Bring a signed letter (on letterhead) from your former agency, or correction facility, stating that you worked as an officer for at least 20 years and that you retired in good standing.


Things to remember:

An Indiana handgun license is not recognized by most other states and may not allow you to legally carry a handgun outside the State of Indiana. You should always check with the state police of the state you will be visiting before transporting a handgun across state lines.

If you are ever stopped or approached by the police, and you are carrying a handgun, advise the officer and show him/her your license to carry the handgun.


Where can I get money orders?

The post office, banks, grocery stores, gas stations – anywhere that offers that service.

 Where can I apply online?

From the convenience of your home, office, or public library. 

I live in the city limits of Hebron, which is in Porter County, why can’t I apply at the Sheriff’s Department?

The state requires that you apply in the police jurisdiction where you live.

I applied online but didn’t finish the process within 30 days – do I need to resubmit my application?

Contact your local police agency to see if your application has been purged yet. They will advise you whether you should resubmit your application or not. It is critical that you use the same application # when you submit your fingerprints.

Why does the address on my driver’s license have to be current?

Pursuant to IC 9-24-13-4, driver’s license holders are required to notify the BMV immediately of an address or name change. Your jurisdiction is verified by your current address.

 Where can I get L1 inkless fingerprints? Go to https://in.ibtfingerprint.com and search for the most convenient location. You must schedule your appointment online with L1 – no walk-ins are accepted there.

 Where can I get more information about Indiana Gun Laws?

Go to http://www.state.in.us/isp  or call ISP at 317-232-8264.

 What if I lose my handgun license, get married and change my name, or move to a different address in Indiana.

Print out a “Duplicate Handgun License Request and/or Notification of Name or Address Change” form and follow the instructions. You can also pick up a copy of this form at the Porter County Sheriff’s Dept. during normal business hours.

 What do I do if I move out of Indiana?

You must contact the Indiana State Police Firearms division at 317-232-8264.

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