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Thank you for visiting the Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing page. The Indiana State Police offers several services to those needing to obtain or update an Indiana Handgun License. Please see the information below regarding your application for a handgun license.

*** IMPORTANT NOTICES ***


Effective July 1, 2019 the four year license to carry a handgun (LTCH) will no longer be issued. It has been replaced with the five year license. Current four year licenses will not automatically extend and will expire four years after issuance. The five year and lifetime LTCH may be applied for and held concurrently. 

The five year LTCH will NOT qualify as an alternative to the NICS background check requirement.  The language is in place in the statute to create the groundwork needed for the NICS exemption however the NICS check is governed Federally. Only the ATF can certify the five year LTCH  to qualify as an alternative to the NICS requirements. Currently there is no additional information on if or when the Indiana five year LTCH may become an alternative to the NICS background check.


Beginning July 1, 2017 the following policy will be in effect:

A Current Police Officer or Retired Police Officer as defined by Indiana Code 35-47-2-4, that has a minimum of 20 years of service or that has been medically retired by a recognized pension board, will be eligible for an Indiana Handgun License, fee exempt.

Police Officer is defined by state statute as (1) Police Officers (2) Sheriffs or their Deputies (3) Law Enforcement Officers (4) Correctional Officers. (Military Police does not apply)

To apply, click on the link to visit our "Apply for a New License to Carry" page.


The Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing Unit does not accept fingerprint cards directly at our offices. If a fingerprint card is received by mail, it will be returned to the applicant.

Applicants must schedule a fingerprint appointment with IDEMIA online. Click one of the links below to either obtain or renew an Indiana Handgun License. Canadian applicants must contact IDEMIA at +1 (877) 472-6917 for instruction on how to register for an out-of-state records check.


Effective January 1, 2017, The Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing Unit will no longer accept payment for firearms license applications, duplicate license requests or manual inked fingerprint cards by mail. If a payment or fingerprint card is received by mail, it will be returned to the applicant.

Application payments must be made electronically through the Firearms License Application Portal. Please contact your Local Law Enforcement Agency for special circumstances.


The Indiana State Police Department is no longer accepting manual name change forms, manual address change forms or manual duplicate license request forms. All changes must be completed online through the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal. Click the appropriate link below to begin your online process.

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New License to Carry If you want to carry a handgun in Indiana, and do not have a current Indiana License to Carry a Handgun, click here to learn about the process to apply for a new license to carry.
Renew License to Carry If you have a current Indiana License to Carry a Handgun that is expiring, or has already expired, and you need to renew that license, click here to learn about the process to renew your handgun license.
Duplicate License to Carry If you need to obtain a duplicate Indiana License to Carry a Handgun, either because your current license is lost or destroyed, or because you want to obtain the new hard plastic license card, click here to learn about the process to obtain a duplicate handgun license.
Change Name / Address If you need to change the name or address associated with your current Indiana License to Carry a Handgun, click here to learn about the process to update your handgun license name or address.
Firearms Dealer License If you want to buy and sell handguns on a regular and continuing basis in Indiana, either singly or in small quantities, click here to learn about the process to renew or apply for a new handgun dealer's license.
Check Application Status If you have submitted an application for a new, renewal, or duplicate Indiana Handgun License, or have submitted a change of address for an Indiana Handgun License, click here to learn how to check the status of your application.

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