Online Gun Permit Program

Temporary Procedures for Pistol Permits and Concealed
Effective 3/30/2020

Pistol Permits

We will continue fully processing pistol permits under the following procedures. Applicants may apply on-line only. After completing the on-line application, each applicant must print off their mental health release form and get it notarized. Each applicant must mail in the following: Their notarized mental health release form, and a copy of their N.C. drivers license. If their drivers license does not contain a craven county address, or was issued fewer than 30 days to submission of application, or is an out of state drivers license, they must also mail a proof of 30 day residency within our county. Examples include: bills, leases, and military orders. Please mail all of the above required documents for pistol permits to Craven County Sheriff’s Office, attention pistol permits, 1100 Clarks Rd. New Bern, NC 28562.

Process for picking up pistol permits

We will call each applicant when their permit has been approved. At this time, we will notify them of when they can pick up their permit. Applicants may retrieve their approved permits Monday-Thursday from 8-5. Curbside pickup is no longer available. Please come into the building to pick up permits. Please do not call to check on the status of your permit unless it has been longer than 14 days since we received your completed mental health release form. You will be notified when it is available.

New Concealed Permits

Applications may be submitted by means of an on-line application only. Each applicant for a new concealed must have all necessary documents completed and notarized. Applicants must bring in their completed package at the time of their scheduled appointment. If the applicant’s drivers license does not reflect a craven county address, or has been issued within the last 30 days, a 30 day proof of residency must be included, such as, a bill, a lease, or military orders. All applicants will schedule an appointment for fingerprinting at the end of their on-line application. A mask is mandatory when being fingerprinted. The process for Concealed Carry can take upwards of three months. Please refrain from calling to check on the status of your permit. Concealed permits may be picked up in our building Monday-Thursday from 8-5.

Renew Concealed Permits

We will allow applicants that are up for renewal to complete their applications on-line. They must get all of the mandatory documents notarized outside of our office and mail in their entire application. Along with mailing in their completed application, they must include a copy of both their drivers license and a copy of their current concealed carry permit. They must mail application to Craven County Sheriff’s Office, attention concealed permits, 1100 Clarks Rd., New Bern, NC 28562. The following procedure for picking up will be as follows. Curbside pickup is no longer available. When you receive your notification that your permit is ready, please come into our building Monday-Thursday from 8-5 to pick it up.

Please note that the Governor of N.C., Governor Roy Cooper, has issued a stay at home order. However, if you do make it to our office, your permit will be available to you during specified times.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Beginning the Process

Follow the link to begin the process:

If you have any questions, please call the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6620.

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