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. Residents of a municipality need to go through their city police agency. 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 and all applicable state fees must be paid. 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 that are paid at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department: $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 electronically submit the application to the state with a recommendation to approve or deny the application. In many cases, applicants are frequently denied due to an applicant failing to list all previous criminal convictions, which will cause delays in the approval process.
If the applicant's fingerprints were taken manually at the sheriff's department, the applicant is responsible for sending a copy of the application and the fingerprint card to the Indiana State Police for processing. If the applicant had them completed electronically, the application process is expedited as the State Police Firearm's Division receives them immediately, which eliminates the risk of losing the application in the mail and reduces the time it takes to process the applicaiton.
States honoring Indiana handgun permits: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Illinois does not honor an Indiana license.
For more information regarding an Indiana Handgun Permit, please visit the Indiana State Police's website.