How to obtain a gun permit
State law governs the procedures for handgun permits. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not have any felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions on charges of domestic battery or violence also are not allowed.
To receive a permit through the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, a person must reside in an unincorporated area of Elkhart County. A resident of another state, if employed full-time at an Elkhart County business, also may apply at the sheriff's department.
Prior to visiting the sheriff's department offices, the online application must be completed. Upon completion of the online application, the applicant must have his or her fingerprints taken. This can be done manually at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department or electronically. The electronic fingerprinting is done through L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc, which is available at several locations in the area. There is an additional fee for electronic fingerprinting and can be arranged by appointment at 1-877-472-6917 or online after finishing the application.
Local fees to apply for a license: $10 for a four-year permit; $40 for a lifetime permit with a current state handgun license; and $50 for a lifetime permit without a current state handgun license. The sheriff's department accepts cash, personal check, money order or credit/debit cards. *There is a convenience fee for using a credit or debit card.
Permits may not be renewed more than 180 days prior to expiration.
All applications are subject to a waiting period of up to four weeks for the completion of a criminal history. At the conclusion of the background check, the records division will mail the paperwork and other relevant information to the applicant. If the applicant's fingerprints were taken manually at the sheriff's department, the applicant is responsible for sending the application, fingerprint card, and fees to the Indiana State Police for processing. If the applicant had his or her fingerprints submitted electronically, the records division will send a copy of the application to the applicant, the original application is sent to the Indiana State Police electronically. The state fees are paid when the fingerprints are taken electronically.
States honoring Indiana handgun permits: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
For more information regarding an Indiana Handgun Permit, please visit the Indiana State Police's website.