Those permit holders seeking renewal will be required to also go on-line and create an account under the 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- The question “Has your license ever been revoked?”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.
If I have just moved to Madison County, may I apply for a state pistol permit to carry a concealed weapon?
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 must be made on-line with a credit or debit card with a service fee.
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.
Gun Reciprocity Law
NON-RESIDENCE LICENSES Alabama issues concealed handgun licenses only to residents of Alabama, through the sheriff of their county of residence. Currently, Alabama does not issue carry conceal permits to out of state residents.
OTHER STATES Firearm laws can be complex. It is the responsibility of each person holding an Alabama carry conceal permit to check with the state/jurisdiction they are traveling to in order to determine whether that state/jurisdiction honors Alabama’s permit and whether there are any restrictions or conditions imposed on persons carrying firearms with out-of-state permits there. Permit Holders under the age of 21 should notify state/jurisdiction of there age as some states that honor the Alabama permit may not honor if permit holder is under the age of 21.
Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a valid concealed handgun in another state, they are bound by that state's law concerning concealed handguns. A permit or license holder from another state shall carry their handgun in compliance with the laws of Alabama while they are in this state.
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. 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:
- The firearm is unloaded.
- Neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle.
- 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.
NOTE: To apply for a pistol permit the applicant must be at least 19 years of age. However, an 18 year old may apply for a permit if they are an active military service member.