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North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permit Renewal

tuckable holsterI’m finally set up with my new (renewed) Concealed Handgun Permit. This has been a long process, so here’s a rundown for those interested:

  • March 25th – I received a letter in the mail from Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison stating that my permit was up for renewal, and that I should start the process soon.

  • Sometime around the end of May, I filled out the application for renewal online, paid the fee, and scheduled my appointment at the Sheriff’s office for renewal.

  • June 25th – I had my appointment for renewal at the Sheriff’s office. I’m still not quite sure why I had to show up for this appointment, it only took just a couple minutes, and was more hassle to park my car and walk a few blocks.

  • July 14th – My old NC CHP expired. The lady at the Sheriffs office told me that I was good to keep carrying since their system would show I was in the renewal process. Cool, I did that.

  • August 10th – I recieved an email from the Sheriff’s Office stating the following: “Congratulations! Your application for a Concealed Weapon Permit has been approved and will be MAILED to you as soon as we receive it. It normally takes approximately 14 business days for our office to receive your permit.  Please don’t come to the office to pick it up.”

  • August 13th – New CHP arrived in the mail.

The new permit that came in the mail needed to be signed by me, so it wasn’t laminated. I bought some laminating pouches at the store, stuck it inside a T-shirt and laid the iron on it for about 30 seconds, and it’s laminated perfectly now. (Yes, I did a test run with another piece of paper first, duh)

I’m not sure how exactly the renewal process would follow my timeline in other counties, but this was my experience in Wake County.

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Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. That seems like a lot, but less than some places. I live in a state where a permit isn’t necessary to carry, but I got on anyway. It allows me to carry in 30-something other states and also allows me to speed through the NICS process when I purchase a firearm. A permit here is $79, shall issue, good for 5 years. Takes about 6-8 weeks. The biggest hassle about it is having to go to the DMV to get a photo taken.

  2. In my home state you don’t have to get your permit renewed because they’re never issued in the first place. The good news is that you can carry concealed without a permit if you’re a criminal, gang member (sort of the same), serial killer or a terrorist.
    – Somewhere in New Jersey

  3. Just came across your blog post. I am renewing my permit next month and after paying the 80 plus bucks, I see that I need a police officer active or retired to sign a document that says i’m exempt from the firearms course. Any suggestions? Wake county.

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