The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office offers numerous services to our citizens.
Handgun Permits: Only a County Sheriff is authorized under G.S. 14-402 to issue a permit to receive or purchase a handgun or crossbow when an application is submitted by a resident of his particular county. Prior to issuing a permit, the Sheriff must fully satisfy himself by affidavits, oral evidence or otherwise that the applicant is of good moral character and that the person, firm, or corporation wants to possess the weapon for one of the following purposes.
Protection of home, business, person, family, or property
The applicant need only come by the Sheriff’s Office, Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and complete an application. There is a 5 (Business) Day Waiting Period. The cost is $5.00 per permit and is due upon application. For a printable application please click here or you can complete application at the time of applying
You must provide the following information:
A valid NC Driver’s License or Identification Card with the correct Caldwell County address.
Proof of Caldwell County residency for the last 6 months,
Your INS Number if applicable
In order to acquire such a permit, an individual must apply to the Sheriff’s Office in the county in which he resides. No appointment is neccesarry. However new applicants are processed Tuesday - Thursday from 9am-4pm. Renewal applicants are processed Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. As a part of the application, the person must submit several items.
They must complete an application, under oath, on a form provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
They must pay a non-refundable fee of $90.00 for new applicants and pay a non-refundable fee of $75.00 for renewal applicants.
When applying for a new permit the applicant must provide an original certificate of completion of an approved handgun safety course.
The applicant must also provide a release that authorizes and requires disclosure to the Sheriff of any records concerning the mental health or capacity of the applicant.
The paperwork process is lengthy, and at this time our lobby has remained closed due to Covid-19 precautions so applicants are requested to please complete application prior to coming in to apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit and please wear a Mask.
For New Concealed application click here
For Renewal application click here
A fillable application is availabe online by visiting the Link on the Home Page.
The Sheriff has 90 days from the time all of the application materials are received to either issue or deny a permit. In order for the applicant to be approved, he must:
Be a citizen of the United States;
Have been a resident of the state for no less than 30 days immediately preceding the filing of the application;
Be at least 21 years of age;
Not suffer from any physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
Have successfully completed an approved firearms training course;
Provide a copy of a valid North Carolina Issued Identification or North Carolina Driver’s License.
CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT INSTRUCTORS
JERRY SIMMONS - 850-7817
MICHAEL CHURCH 828-455-8769
TIM GORDON - 221-2900
DON LOWMAN - 493-4333
BEAR ROCK GUN SHOP - 572-2445
MARTY ROBBINS 851-1910
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office provides fingerprinting for our citizens to for adoptions, employment, etc. This service is provided at the Sheriff’s Office in Lenoir. Fingerprints are done by walk-ins Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.
Fees: Caldwell County Resident $7.00
Non-Caldwell County Residents $15.00
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office can help your community set up and organize a Community Watch Program in your neighborhood. If you would like more information on the program you may call Captain Aaron Barlowe at (828)758-2324.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office is tasked with approving activity permits
The application must be submitted and approved 45 days prior to the activity.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office maintains all Trespass Agreements for property in the County. If you are having issues with individuals trespassing on your property you can obtain a Trespass Agreement with the Sheriff's Office which gives our agency the authority to arrest if individuals are located on your property after being warned not to be. In order to register a Trespass Agreement you must complete the Trespass Agreement form, you must then bring this form to the Sheriff's Office with State issued ID. You must be the property owner in order to obtain a Trespass Agreement.
To be in compliance with Child Restraint Violations please visit the permanent checking station at the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office the first Tuesday of Every Month from 5pm to 7pm (No Holidays). It is MANDATORY that you bring your citation, correct car seat, vehicle and child with you. This is NOT a free car seat distribution program.