The Handgun Permit Application Process
Paper applications are not accepted.
Step One - Application
Please fill out the online application at the Indiana State Police website. When completing the application, you must specify the agency you are applying through. If you live in St. Joseph County, (outside the city limits) select St. Joseph County Police Department. Note that selecting the wrong agency may delay the application process. If you are uncertain of your residence, you may call 574-245-6535 to verify.
Step Two - Fingerprints & Fees
Reasons for Permit Denial
You may be declined a handgun permit for any of the following reasons:
The State also reserves the right to revoke any license that has been issued if you are convicted of any felony or if any of the above apply after your license has been issued.
For more information on handgun laws and permit information you can go to Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing website or contact the Indiana State Police Firearms Division at 317-233-5054.
If you live in the St. Joseph County jurisdiction (in most cases, this means you have a 5 digit address) you will pay your local fee to the St. Joseph County Police Departments Records Division. The local fee is $50, payable in cash or money order. For the SJCPD to be allowed to process your application, you must be a resident of the unincorporated portions of the County.
If you live in Mishawaka, you may contact your local Police Department through the Mishawaka Police Department Website. Residents of South Bend may view the South Bend Police Department Website for more information.