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To obtain a gun permit in Indiana, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • You must be 18 years of age.

  • You must be a resident of Indiana.

The applications must now be completed electronically https://firearms.ariesportal.com/App/NewUser.asp

 *The state fee can be paid online upon the completion of the application.

*Firearms Licensing Fee Schedule

Updated October 1, 2014

License Type

Local Fee

State Fee

Four Year Hunting and Target

$10/$5 Refundable*

$5.00

Four Year Personal Protection

$10/$5 Refundable*

$30.00

Lifetime Hunting and Target/ No Current License

$50/$30 Refundable*

$25.00

Lifetime Hunting and Target/ Current Valid Indiana
License

$40/$30 Refundable*

$20.00

Lifetime Personal Protection/ No Current License

$50/$30 Refundable*

$75.00

Lifetime Personal Protection/ Current Valid Indiana
License

$40/$30 Refundable*

$60.00

Duplicate

Not Provided in Law

$20.00

Retired Law Enforcement Officer

Not Provided in Law

Fee Exempt †

Retired Corrections Officer

Not Provided in Law

Fee Exempt †

Firearms Dealer

Not Provided in Law

Fee Exempt †

Fingerprints need to be scheduled through the following website: https://in.ibtfingerprint.com/ There is a small fee for the fingerprinting and subjects may pay that online, or in person when they do their fingerprinting.

 If you live inside any town limits with a Town Marshal, (i.e. Westport, St. Paul, Milhousen, etc.), you must apply through the Town Marshal’s Office. (Millhousen doesn’t have a marshal, The only towns that do now are Westport, St. Paul, and New Point)

 FAQ for firearms: https://secure.in.gov/isp/2829.htm

Did you know…?

  • Indiana law, I.C. 35-47-2-1 requires a license ( handgun permit) for any person who is carrying a handgun, except as provided in I.C. 35-47-2-2.  

  • A permit is needed when carrying a handgun on or about your person, including inside of your vehicle. 

  • A permit is not needed to carry a handgun inside the person’s dwelling or on his property of fixed place of business.

  • If a permit is needed while you are carrying the handgun, you need the permit in your possession. 

  • An Indiana handgun permit is recognized in Michigan, if you are an Indiana resident.

  • A Michigan handgun permit is recognized in Indiana, if you are a Michigan resident. 

  • I.C. 35-47-2-21(b) says "Licenses to carry handguns, issued by other states or foreign countries, will be recognized according to the terms thereof but only while the holders are not residents of Indiana."

  • The law allows the carry of the handgun concealed or in the open.  However, it is recommended that prudence and safety always be followed when carrying any firearm.

  • If you are carrying a firearm and are challenged by a law enforcement officer, you should always obey every command.  Remember, the officer does not know whether you intend to harm or not.  

  • Effective July 1, 2001, IC 35-47-2-3 is amended to require that if the holder of the valid license (permit) to carry a handgun changes their name or address, the person must notify the superintendent of state police in writing within sixty (60) days of the change.

  • You cannot renew your gun permit prior to 30 days before the permit expires.

  • That 1 in 15 Indiana residents has a permit for a gun.  According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana ranks second in the country for the number of permits.  New York state is first.