Madison County
Sheriff's Office
Huntsville, Alabama
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(256) 532-3412

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(256) 722-7181
(24 Hours)

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(256) 519-4800
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(256) 533-5642
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Pistol Permits & Administrative Office:
603 Fiber Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

Administrative
Office Hours:

M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm

Civil Process Office:
100 Northside Square
Room 206
Huntsville, AL 35801

Pistol Permits

 

Pistol Permits

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF PISTOL PERMIT APPLICATION
        

Follow the secure link to create an account with a log-on name and password to start the application process required by law for the background check . Fill in the required information for the background check and you will be notified within 30 days of your approval. Payment can be made on-line with a credit or debit card with a service fee. A computer KIOSK is located in our office at 603 Fiber Street Huntsville Al. 35801 and is available for those that desire to pay for their permit in cash or who do not have access to a computer at home or at work. After the application is filed on line at the KIOSK and the background investigation is completed and the permit is approved, we will notify you when it is available for pickup at the 603 Fiber Street. You will be notified of your approval by email, text, or automated telephone call. Please bring a valid Alabama Driver’s License or Alabama State ID card for verification when you pick-up your permit. We are open Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Permits not picked up within 60 days will require reprocessing of the background check.

Those permit holders seeking renewal will be required to also go on-line and create an account under this new Pistol Permit issuing system.

  • The question regarding being charged or convicted of any crime DOES include traffic tickets. While it is not required for you to list each one separately, or to have specific years, failure to disclose this information may be grounds for denial of the application.
  • “OTHER NAMES” is intended for use for prior last names. Please include any LEGAL names you have used for identification.
  • The question “Has your license ever been revoked?” refers to a pistol license, not a driver’s license.

    Click here for Pistol Permit Brochure

ATF GUIDLINES BELOW

Click here for ATF Guidelines 

No Cost Pistol Permit for Retired Veterans

As of December 1st 2015 you can only use the link below to Apply for a Pistol Permit 
 
Click HERE to Begin your Online Pistol Permit Application

Click HERE to visit the Alabama Attorney General’s Website for more information

FAQs

If I have just moved to Madison County, may I apply for a state pistol permit to carry a concealed weapon? YES

Where do I apply for an Alabama state pistol permit?

Follow the secure link to create an account with a log-on name and password to start the application process required by law for the background check . Fill in the required information for the background check and you will be notified within 30 days of your approval. Payment can be made on-line with a credit or debit card with a service fee. A computer KIOSK is located in our office at 603 Fiber Street Huntsville Al. 35801 and is available for those that desire to pay for their permit in cash or who do not have access to a computer at home or at work. After the application is filed on line at the KIOSK and the background investigation is completed and the permit is approved, we will notify you when it is available for pickup at the 603 Fiber Street. You will be notified of your approval by email, text, or automated telephone call.

How long does it take for my pistol permit application to be approved?

If the Sheriff has no knowledge otherwise and/or the background check reflects no reason(s) and the applicant is otherwise legally eligible, the Sheriff “shall” issue the permit within 30 days. The Sheriff’s Office will be mailing you written information regarding your pistol permit application if denied. Please allow 30 days to receive this information prior to contacting our office.

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 Pistol Permits ALABAMA RECIPROCAL PISTOL PERMIT (CONCEALED CARRY) AGREEMENT WITH THE FOLLOWING STATES:

   

The State of Alabama recognizes concealed carry pistol licenses or permits issued by other states; however, the carrier must observe all applicable laws while in Alabama.  (SEE THE ABOVE LIST). Also, a person may carry or transport a long gun (rifle or shotgun) without a permit. A person may lawfully transport a firearm, including a handgun, from one state in which they are legal to possess to another state without a permit as required under Alabama law, provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The firearm is unloaded.
  2. Neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle.
  3. In case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment, the firearm and ammunition shall be in a locked container other than the glove box or console. Title 18 U.S.C, section 926A

Under Alabama law, no person convicted in this state or elsewhere of a "crime of violence" may own or possess a pistol. Section 13A-11-72. Crimes of violence are defined as murder, manslaughter, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. No person addicted to drugs or habitually intoxicated may own or possess a pistol. Section 13A-11-72. Any person in violation of Alabama's pistol laws may be arrested and upon conviction, subjected to a term of imprisonment of not more than one year and a fine of not more than $500, or both. The pistol will be seized and may be forfeited by court order.