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Permit Information

Alabama is a Shall Issue State
On May 20, 2013, Senate Bill 286 was signed into law and took effect on August 1, 2013. This makes Alabama a Shall Issue State. Sheriff’s are required to issue or deny the concealed carry application within thirty (30) days. Upon denials, applicants will receive a written notice and have the chance to appeal the denial.

Permits Issued By
Alabama County Sheriff’s issue Alabama Pistol Permit which allow you to carry concealed in Alabama. Sheriffs to conduct a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on all applicants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • If you were found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case.
  • If you were found not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
  • If you were declared incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case.
  • If you asserted a defense in a criminal case of not guilty by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
  • If you were found not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  • If you required involuntary inpatient treatment in a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility.
  • If you required involuntary outpatient treatment in a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility based on a finding that the person is an imminent danger to himself or herself or to others.
  • If you required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility for any reason, including drug use.
  • If you are or was the subject of a prosecution or of a commitment or incompetency proceeding that could lead to a prohibition on the receipt or possession of a firearm under the laws of Alabama or the United States.
  • If you falsified any portion of the permit application..
  • If you caused justifiable concern for public safety.
  • The sheriff shall take into account how recent any consideration under paragraph a. is in relation to the date of the application. The sheriff shall provide a written statement of the reasons for a denial of a permit and the evidence upon which it is based must be disclosed to the applicant, unless disclosure would interfere with a criminal investigation.
  • Except as otherwise provided by the laws of this state, a permit issued under this subdivision is valid 17 throughout the state, and a sheriff may not place conditions or requirements on the issuance of the permit or limit its scope or applicability.

Permit Renewal
Alabama Permits must be renewed before they expire. Contact your local county sheriff for the renewal application. Some counties send out renewal cards or notifications by mail. The Alabama Pistol Permits renewal fees vary depending on which county you are in.

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