Gun PermitsThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office provides Pistol Purchase and Concealed Carry gun permitting services as required by State and Federal Law. In an effort to provide better customer service to the citizens of Brunswick County, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office now offers an Online Gun Permit Pistol Purchase Program and Concealed Carry Permit Program. These programs will streamline the process and reduce the wait time for Brunswick County citizens.

The online program also allows the applicant to keep track of the application process by notifying the applicant via email at different levels of the process. It will also help insure you have all the correct documents you need to bring with you when you come to the Sheriff’s Office.

Citizens may continue to visit any of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office locations to apply for permits including the main office in Bolivia, and the sub-stations in Calabash and Leland.

Pistol Purchase Permit

Please read all of the following requirements and instructions carefully before completing the application.


  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Six (6) month residency: Persons who have moved to Brunswick County from out of state, must have established residency in Brunswick County for a period of six (6) months. Proof of residency must be provided upon request (driver’s license or ID card).
  • Three (3) month residency: Persons who have moved to Brunswick County from within the state of North Carolina must have established residency in Brunswick County for a period of more than three (3) months. Proof of residency must be provided upon request.
  • Must be at least twenty one (21) years of age.
  • Must complete an approved firearms safety and training course and deliver to the Sheriff’s Office proof of certification.
  • Must not suffer from any physical or mental infirmity that prevents the safe handling of a handgun. The Sheriff’s Office will require the applicant to sign a release authorizing the Sheriff to receive physical and mental health records from a health care provider who has provided treatment or care to the applicant.
  • In order to use the online purchase program, you must have a valid email address and a credit card.

Processing Information

Once the completed application is returned it to the Sheriff’s office, it will take up to 10, but no more than 30 business days for it to be processed. Once the application is approved, you will be contacted and set up for an appointment. After 10 days, you may call to check the status of the application, but please remember that due to a high volume of applications it may take the full 30 days. If your application is denied for any reason, you will be notified within 7 days.

Upon approval, the applicant must come to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and provide a valid NC driver’s license / NC ID with correct address or military ID with proof of residency in Brunswick County. No other forms of identification will be accepted. No one will be able to pick up your permit for you. Permits are $5.00 each and only cash is accepted for payment (correct change is requested). Permits are good for 5 years from the date of issuance.


Concealed Gun Permit

A Concealed Gun Permit may be applied for at our Main Office in Bolivia or at our Calabash Substation. If you have any questions regarding the Concealed Gun Permit application process, please feel free to call our Main Office at (910) 253-2734 or Debbie Wilson at our Calabash Substation at (910) 579-7030.


Gun Permit Fees

Permit Type Fee Amount
Gun Purchase Permit (maximum of 3 per application) $5.00 each ($3.00 fee to apply online)
Original Concealed Gun Permit $90.00
Renewal Concealed Gun Permit $75.00
Duplicate Concealed Gun Permit $15.00

*Payment for Concealed Gun Permits may be made in the form of Cash only. You MUST show proof of residency and a Picture ID with correct address. No PO Box. Purchase permits can take up to 30 days to process.

*Military Personnel must have Picture ID and form from Provost Marshal’s Office. (Army 1380 Form) (Air Force SL Form)

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