Pistol Permits


The applicant must be a legal citizen of the United States of America or possess a Permanent Resident Card, and must be a legal citizen of the State of Alabama, and have a primary residence in Clay County, Alabama.  The applicant must have an Alabama Driver’s License, an Alabama Identification Card, or an active military identification card.  

 Persons age 19 & up obtaining a permit have the option to purchase permits for 1 year ($20.00) or 5year ($100.00)  or Lifetime. Lifetime permits for age 60+ can be purchased for $150.00. Ages 19-59 can be purchased for $300.00 If a person has never had a concealed carry permit in Alabama for five consecutive years, they must first possess a permit for 5 consecutive years before they are eligible for a Lifetime Permit. 

Free Lifetime permits may be issued to honorably discharged veterans, (DD-214 required).

(  If you need additional information or have questions, please call (256) 354-2176.

Please note that permit fees are nonrefundable. For instance, if you obtain a multi-year permit and move out of the county before it expires, our office cannot refund the balance of your permit fee.


The Sheriff may deny a permit application if a determination has been made that the person is prohibited from the possession of a pistol or firearm pursuant to state or federal law, or has a reasonable suspicion that the person may use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner that would endanger the person's self or others.

The Sheriff’s Office will issue or deny a Pistol License Application within 30 days of receipt of a completed application. 

        Click HERE to download the application. Applications can be sent via mail with a copy of your driver's             license and a check.

The following cannot obtain a pistol permit:

  • Any person who has been convicted of a felony (a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year).
  • Any person who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit a crime of violence, including murder, manslaughter(except manslaughter arising from the operation of a vehicle), rape, mayhem, assault with intent to rob, assault with intent to ravish, assault with intent to murder, robbery, distribution of a controlled substance, burglary and kidnapping.
  • Any person who is an unlawful drug user, a drug addict or a habitual drunkard. Factors to consider include repeated and recent arrests or convictions for drug crimes, DUI, and/or public intoxication.
  • Any person who is under indictment for a crime punishable for imprisonment exceeding one year.
  • Any person who has been convicted of domestic violence, even if the conviction is a misdemeanor.
  • Any person discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Any person who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution, or any person who has asserted a defense of not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect in a criminal proceeding.
  • Any person who is or has been a subject of an incompetency proceeding, the result of which may prohibit the possession of a firearm.
  • Any person who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his/her citizenship.
  • Any person who is a fugitive from justice.
  • Any person who is an alien illegally in the United States or under a non-immigrant visa.
  • Any person who is subject to a court order that restrains that person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of an intimate partner.
  • Any person who causes justifiable concern for public safety. Ala. Act. No. 2013-283.

The applicant must not give false information, offer false information about his/her identity or criminal record when applying for a pistol permit. Applicants who do so will have their applications denied.


The Sheriff’s Office will issue or deny a Pistol License Application within 30 days of receipt of a completed application.