Handgun permit process changes

Published 7:00 am Monday, August 4, 2014

WINTON – The use of technology is replacing the normal paperwork procedure typically used by those wanting to apply for a handgun permit.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 4, individuals wanting to purchase a handgun will apply for a permit online, according to Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan.

That electronic procedure is available at the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office web page at www.hertfordcountync.gov. There, applicants will see a drop-down box entitled “Permits.” Fill out all the necessary information and pay for up to three handgun permits electronically.

The cost of the permit remains unchanged ($5). However, there is a one-time fee of $3 to pay online.

Once the permit is complete, applicants will be notified online, or by telephone or text message within the mandatory 7-to-10 day waiting period (needed to process the application). Upon being notified their application is approved, individuals can come to the Sheriff’s Office in Winton, show the required photo identification, and pick-up their permit(s).

“We are trying to streamline this process as much as possible and make it much more convenient for those requesting permits,” Vaughan said.

The way the current system works, Vaughan said his office is only able to accept handgun application permits during regular business hours.

“With this new process, permits can be applied for at anytime….day or night, holidays or weekends,” the Sheriff noted.

Vaughan added that he is aware there are individuals who may not have access to a computer, or be able to apply online. Those individuals can come to the Sheriff’s Office where a computer will be made available for the public’s use for this purpose. Additionally, members of Vaughan’s staff are trained to assist those who may not be computer savvy. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to accept hard copy applications.

“This new way to apply for permits will prove as a great help to my staff as well as to the citizens,” Vaughan stressed. “Once we get this up and running smoothly, the next phase will be to put the concealed carry permitting process online. Our goal is to help us to better serve the public and make these types

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