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Handgun License
Indiana Handgun License Procedure


1. Go to to fill out your application and to arrange for electronic fingerprints.  As you are filling out your application please double check for accuracy.

  • Write down your user name, password & application number—it is critical that you use the same application number when you submit your fingerprints and when you complete your permit at your local agency.

  • Once your application is submitted online, and your fingerprints have been taken, you MUST visit your local police agency in person to complete the application process. Note:  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 Office.


2. Come to the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM 3:30 PM (except holidays).

You MUST bring:

  • Application number

  • Fingerprint receipt

  • IN driver’s license or ID card with current address

  • Current handgun permit, if applicable

All permits are fee exempt as of July 1, 2021 IC35-47-2-4

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 apply online?
From the convenience of your home, office, public library, or a friend or family member, can help you.

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.

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 more information about duplicate licenses, name & address changes, appeal process, gun laws, etc.?
Go to and look under firearms licensing, or call the

Indiana State Police Firearms Division at 317-232-8264

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