HANDGUN PERMIT INFORMATION
Where do I go to obtain or renew my Indiana Permit to Carry
If you live within the incorporated limits of
La Porte, Michigan City or Westville, you must go to your local Police
Department to apply for a license or renewal. If you live in La Porte
County, but outside of the incorporated limits to the above listed city
or town, you may come to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office for
assistance. If you are not sure whether you are inside an incorporated
area or not, contact the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office at
219-326-7700 extension 2361, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until
3:30 p.m. and speak to Major Heath Haferkamp.
Handgun Permit Application
Where is the
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office?
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is
located in downtown La Porte at 809 State Street, La Porte, IN 46350.
Our telephone number is 219-326-7700.
When can I
come in to fill out the application?
Gun permit applications are accepted at the
La Porte County Sheriff’s Office on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.
until 3:30 p.m. each day. Permit applications are not taken on
Thursdays or Fridays when the La Porte County Courthouse is closed for
L-1 Enrollment Services
If you wish to utilize the L-1 electronic
fingerprint or handgun permit application process, please view the
following web site for further information:
must make an appointment to use this service. Appointments can be
scheduled online or by calling toll free at 877-472-6917. After
completing the L-1 fingerprint and/or handgun application process, you
are still required to come to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office on
the days listed to pay the cash portion of the county fee.
Can I fill out my handgun permit application online?
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office now
accepts applications for new handgun permits or handgun permit renewals
online. You can go directly to the following web
Please remember that you must keep the
information number that you are given when you finish the online
application process. You also still need to come to the Sheriff’s
office front desk with that information number, your exact cash only fees, your photo identification, and
receipt from your electronic fingerprints. This will complete the application process.
State Fees and Fingerprinting call 1-877-472-6917.
What do I
need to bring with me?
Applicants will be required to bring a photo
I.D. with their current address, the correct amount of cash needed for
the local fee. State Fees and Fingerprinting call 1-877-472-6917.
On July 1, 2006 the Indiana law was changed to create a
"Lifetime Handgun License". Renewals for an existing license will only
be accepted 180 days or less from the date of expiration. The new fee
schedule is below.
Do I need a gun permit just to have
one in my business or home?
Indiana law states that one is not required
to have a license to carry a handgun in the person’s dwelling, on the
person’s property, or their fixed place of business as long as they have
the right to possess said firearm, not contrary to other restrictions
or criminal convictions.
obtain an Indiana Handgun Permit?
State law dictates that only a “proper
person” may be licensed to carry a handgun. Indiana Code 35-47-1-7
states that a proper person means a person who does not:
- Have a conviction for
resisting law enforcement within five years before the person
applies for a license or permit
- Have a conviction for
a crime for which he could have been sentenced for more than one (1)
- Have a record of being an alcohol abuser,
meaning one who has had two or more alcohol related offenses, any
one (1) of which resulted in conviction by a court or treatment in
an alcohol abuse facility within three (3) years prior to the date
of application or; have a record of being a drug abuser, meaning one
who has had two (2) or more violations of: Dealing in Cocaine,
Dealing in Narcotics, or Dealing in a Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V
Controlled substances - Any one of which resulted in conviction by a
court or treatment in a drug abuse facility within five (5) years
prior to the date of application.
- Have documented evidence which would give
rise to a reasonable belief that he has a propensity for violent or
emotionally unstable conduct
- Make a false statement of material fact on
his application o Have a conviction of any crime involving an
inability to safely handle a handgun
- Have a conviction for violations of the
provisions of IC 35-47 within the last five (5) years of his
- Have an adjudication as a delinquent child
for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, if the
person applying for a license or permit under this chapter is less
than twenty-three (23) years of age.
Indiana Code 35-47-2-1 also states:
- A person who has been convicted of Domestic
Battery may not possess or carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or
about the person’s body, in the person’s dwelling, or on the
person’s property or fixed place of business.
HANDGUN PERMIT FEES
STATE FEE (MONEY ORDER/CHECK)
COUNTY FEE (CASH ONLY)
|Hunting & Target (4 year)
|Hunting & Target (Lifetime)
|Hunting & Target (Lifetime w/ current
|Personal Protection (4 year)
|Personal Protection (Lifetime)
|Personal Protection (Lifetime w/
*State Fee (Fingerprinting) = $9.95