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.
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.
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.
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.
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.
An applicant must:
*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.
$0 License Fees
There are fees for IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting and background checks
Selection of 5 Years or Lifetime Permit
60 Day Processing Time
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:
The process is the same as for residents.
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.
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:
Your application WILL EXPIRE 90 days after you submit the application online. If your application expires, you must update your status:
CHECK YOUR MAILBOX.
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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