Sheriff's Office now offering online handgun permit applications

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - From Rowan Sheriff Kevin Auten: In an ongoing effort to provide updated and more efficient service to Rowan County residents, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office is now offering an opportunity for Rowan County citizens to apply for a handgun purchase permit online by going to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office web page at:, and clicking on Handgun Permits on the left side of the screen.

Applicants will have the ability to use their credit card for payment of the permit.  Once applying online, a citizen only has to come to the either the main Sheriff's Office in Salisbury, or the satellite office in Landis, NC, when the permit has been approved and is ready for pickup.

"A Rowan County citizen can now complete the handgun permit application, at a time that may be convenient to them, anywhere that they have access to the internet," Sheriff Auten said.

"The website is very user friendly and secure, with the capability to pay online with a major credit or debit card."  Initiating a handgun purchase permit online eliminates the need to make the two trips to the Sheriff's Office, thereby saving citizens time and the cost of gas to come to one of our offices to apply for the permit in person.

The cost of a handgun purchase permit remains the same, at $5 each.  The secure service for the on-line payment charges only a $3 convenience fee making the process, safe, secure, efficient, and inexpensive.  A citizen can request multiple permits when applying, but only pays the convenience fee once, no matter how many permits may be requested with the application.

Once the handgun permit application is submitted, the applicant will receive an email, text message, voicemail, or a combination of the three regarding their application process, and the applicant will continue to be updated as the application progresses toward approval in a faster, more efficient manner.

Sheriff Auten is aware that not everyone has access to the internet, or be able to apply online.  Those persons may still come to the Sheriff's Office at Salisbury or Landis to submit a handgun permit application on paper as always, and pay for the permit at the customer window.

As always, handgun permits will be required to be picked up in person, and will require the applicant to present his or her currently valid NC driver's license, or other valid identification matching the name and address of the applicant.

Sheriff Auten stated, " I think the option of making an application for a handgun purchase permit online will be a benefit to Rowan County citizens, and will allow my staff to serve the public in a more efficient and convenient manner!"