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1. Applicant must be a citizen, a naturalized citizen or a resident alien*
2. Applicant must be twenty-one (21) years of age
3. Must provide proof of residency in Henderson County
4. Must provide a valid driver's license or other picture ID with current address provided by the state of NC
5. Must provide a completed and notarized AOC-SP-917 release form with application
6. A criminal background check must be performed before granting of permit
  *Resident Aliens should bring resident alien card, social security card and NC driver's license or NC ID card. Naturalized Citizens should bring Naturalization Certificate or valid US Passport.


Permits to purchase handguns cost five dollars ($5.00) each. 

If you choose to utilize the added convenience of beginning the application process and submitting the required fee online, there is a one-time convenience fee of three dollars ($3.00) charged for each application by the third party software vendor. (Please note that this convenience fee is not collected by the Sheriff's Office and is not required for a handgun purchase permit application but is being offered as an added convenience.)

Applications are accepted and processed Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (Closed Holidays). 

Permit to purchase a handgun is valid for a period of five (5) years from date of issue.




Apply online - Click Here

Permit to Purchase Handgun Application - Fillable Form

Mental Health Release Form (AOC-SP-917) - *Do not sign before coming to the Sheriff's Office unless you provide the fully notarized original to us* - Fillable Form


Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be used. In North Carolina, permits to buy handguns can be obtained from the county sheriff. 

You may begin the application process and submit the required fee online by clicking here. The online application will incur an additional $3.00 convenience fee that is assessed by the third party software vendor. Anyone wishing to apply for a handgun purchase permit may come into the Sheriff's Office to provide the required information. The application for a handgun purchase permit is available as a fillable pdf here

Guns must be carried in plain view. Guns must not be carried in a pocket, purse, under a car seat or in any other concealed manner unless you have a concealed handgun permit.

For Gun Safety tips click here.


Lori Vesely

Henderson County Sheriff's Office

100 North Grove Street

Hendersonville, NC 28792


Administration Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm