How to Get a Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Indiana

By Legal Editor

Indiana is a "shall issue" state. The issuing authority for a carry and conceal weapons (CCW) permit is the chief of police or county sheriff. Indiana's CCW permit does not qualify as a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check. The following steps will help you obtain a CCW permit in Indiana.

Receive a CCW permit from any other state. You must be a resident of Indiana or a non-resident employed in Indiana to apply for an Indiana CCW permit.

Fill out a one-page application with the police department or county sheriff's office and provide photo identification and your fingerprints.

Pay the applicable fees. In addition to the permit fee--and there are two types of permits, a four-year and a lifetime permit--fingerprinting also comes with a fee. If the application is denied, a portion of the fees will be refunded. The fingerprints will be forwarded to the Indiana State Police, so some issuing authorities may charge you postage or a notary fee.

Receive your permit in six to eight weeks. You do not need to inform the police you are carrying a concealed weapon, but you must present your permit upon demand and you should also carry your driver's license or photo ID.

Know that your permit will not allow you to carry a weapon on school property (public or private), the controlled areas of an airport, a riverboat casino, state fair or shipping port. You may, however, carry a firearm when transporting someone to or from school or to a school function.

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