Indiana permit process

How To Get Your Indiana Concealed Carry Permit

Whether you're new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed handgun permit may seem daunting. It doesn't have to be. There are many reasons and ways to carry a concealed weapon, but the first step is knowing Indiana's concealed carry laws. Applying for a LCH varies by state.

Read about the process for getting a Indiana License to Carry a Handgun below.

Steps To Get A Indiana Concealed Carry Permit


COMPLETE a Handgun License Application online. Once you complete Step 1, you will have only 180 days to complete Steps 2 and 3.


SCHEDULE an appointment to electronically submit your fingerprints. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local law enforcement agency.


COMPLETE local law enforcement (sheriff or municipal police) agency processing within 180 days.



Your application will be electronically transmitted to Indiana State Police for final review. If your application is approved, your permit will be sent to you via U.S. mail. If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal.

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What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Indiana?

No firearms training is required in Indiana. However, the USCCA recommends that anyone who makes the choice to carry a concealed firearm obtain as much training as possible in order to be a responsibly armed American.

What Are the Indiana License to Carry a Handgun Requirements?

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a “proper reason” to carry a handgun ("proper reason" can mean for the defense of oneself or the state of Indiana);
  • Be of good character and reputation;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen of the United States who is allowed to carry a firearm in the United States under federal law; and
  • Be a proper person to be licensed. A "proper person" is someone who​​​​​ does​:​
    • Not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement within the last 5 years;
    • Not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than 1 year;
    • Not have a conviction for a crime of domestic violence, unless a court has restored the person's right to possess a firearm;
    • Not be prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun;
    • Not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser as defined by the state of Indiana;
    • Not have documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that the person has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct;
    • Not make a false statement of material fact on the application;
    • Not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun;
    • Not have a conviction for violation of the provisions of Article 47 within 5 years;
    • Not have an adjudication as a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, if the person applying for a license or permit under this chapter is less than 23 years of age;
    • Not have been involuntarily committed, other than a temporary commitment for observation or evaluation, to a mental institution by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority;
    • Not have been the subject of a 90-day commitment or regular commitment; and
    • Not have been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, including being found not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but too mentally ill or incompetent to stand trial.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have been arrested for a Class A or Class B felony, or any other felony that was committed while armed with a deadly weapon or that involved the use of violence, if a court has found probable cause to believe that the person committed the offense charged;
  • Not have had a license to carry a handgun suspended, unless the person’s license has been reinstated; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Indiana.

What are the Fees and Terms?

$0 License Fees

There are fees for IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting and background checks

Selection of 5 Years or Lifetime Permit

60 Day Processing Time

Where Can I Find Application Forms?

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Out-of-state residents who have a regular place of business or employment in Indiana qualify for a 4-year personal-protection firearm license. Your local agency will be the sheriff of the county in which you have a regular place of business or employment. The following documents will be required: 

  • A notarized out-of-state affidavit form; and 
  • Proof of employment on company letterhead.

The process is the same as for residents.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Indiana and interested in applying for a license? How soon can you apply?Indiana issues licenses to residents and out-of-state residents who have a regular place of business or employment in Indiana only. You can apply for your license to the Indiana State Police once you have established your residence in Indiana.

Moving from Indiana and have an Indiana resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Indiana license remains valid?If a person with an Indiana license to carry a handgun establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Indiana?

Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee. Complete a Handgun License Application online at the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.


VISIT the Indian State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.


Schedule an appointment to submit your fingerprints electronically at a location convenient to you.


VISIT your local law enforcement agency within 90 days and bring:

  • Handgun License Application Number
  • Local fee payment

Your application WILL EXPIRE 90 days after you submit the application online. If your application expires, you must update your status:

  • Sign in to the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.
  • Follow the prompts for duplicate/status update.



If your application is approved, your license will be sent to you via U.S. Mail.

If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal.

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