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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 July 1, 2020

License Type

Local Fee

State Fee

Five Year Hunting and Target

$0.00 Refundable*

$0.00

Five Year Personal Protection

$0.00 Refundable*

$0.00

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

$60.00

Additional Fees:
All NEW License applications incur a $12.95 fee IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. Additionally, ALL license applications incur a IN.GOV processing fee that varies acording to the license type††.

Local Fee Information:
Please note that local fees cannot be paid online. Please contact your local Police Department or Sheriff's Office for information on local fee payment policies.

* A portion of the local fee is refundable if a license is not issued. The entire state fee is refundable if license not issued.

† Fee eemtion applies only to the initial license application. ALL duplicate licenses incur a fee of $20.00

†† The online payment service is provided through a partnership between the State of Indiana and its online service provider. A processing fee of $1.00 plus 2% of the transaction amount is added to the price of the service as outlined in Indiana Code 4-13,1-2-4. For applicants that do not want to use the online service , the application will need to bring a certified check or money order to the Indiana State Firearms Unit located in Indianapolis, Indiana at the General Headquarters. The address is 100. North Senate Avenue, Indiana Government Center North Room 302.

 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.