Handgun Permit Information


Handgun Permit Information

Where do I go to obtain or renew my Indiana Permit to Carry application?
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 2406, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and speak to Major John Boyd.

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 legal holidays.

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: www.L1enrollment.com. You 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.  Please go to our website at www.laportecountysheriff.com and click on the link for “eHandgun Permits” and then simply follow the instructions.  You can also go directly to the following web address:  http://aries.in.gov/Firearms/Permit.aspx to reach the same location. 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 money orders and cash fees, your photo identification, and to have your fingerprints taken to complete the application process.

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, and the appropriate money order for the state fee.  The money order for the state fee should be made payable to the “State of Indiana”. 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.

Who can 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) year
  • 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 application
  • 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                          

Hunting & Target (4 year)  $ 5.00 $ 10.00
Hunting & Target (Lifetime) $ 25.00 $ 50.00
Hunting & Target (Lifetime w/ current permit) $ 20.00 $ 40.00
Personal Protection (4 year) $ 30.00 $ 10.00
Personal Protection (Lifetime) $ 75.00 $ 50.00
Personal Protection (Lifetime w/ current permit) $ 60.00 $ 40.00



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