Sheriff Darren Campbell with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has reported some personnel changes. Due to investments in technology, two positions within the office were combined to save the taxpayers money. The process to apply for new and renew concealed handgun carry permits (CHP) has been streamlined, which is incredibly helpful considering the numbers for these are on the rise.
For those who currently hold a concealed handgun carry permit, no appointment is required. All renewals are to be completed online, for $75. Print and complete the application, upload, mail or fax it in. Once the application has been approved, you then come to the Sheriff’s Office with your ID to pick up your permit. Also, to note that if you are within six weeks of renewal, you can apply online, but the system will not let you set appointment if it’s outside the available appointments. Instead, call the ICSO to make an appointment.
First time concealed handgun carry permit applicants must also fill out an online application and make an appointment. The cost is $90. Sheriff Campbell stated that you do not need to apply for a separate fingerprint appointment, that will all be done at one time. Again, to streamline the process. Since many companies are requiring their employees to be fingerprinted, this is helping with the demand. Sheriff Campbell also stated that they are working on extending hours in both Statesville and Mooresville locations to make it easier for those seeking permits who work.
About those CHP numbers. In 2017, the agency reflected 3927 purchase permits and 2993 concealed handgun permits. In 2018 there were 3419 purchase permits, and 3693 concealed handgun permits. 2019 showed further increase to 3628 purchase permits, 3620 concealed handgun permits and 3560 fingerprints. As of November 2020, they reported 8279 purchase, 4363 concealed handgun permits and 1207 fingerprints. That’s more than double last year and that’s excluding the month of December for purchase permits. Many are first time buyers and more surprisingly, many of those are women.
For more information, contact the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office online at: https://iredellso.permitium.com/ccw/start
231 Constitution Lane, Statesville, NC 28677
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610 E Center Ave, Mooresville NC 28115
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