Lincoln County residents can now apply for and purchase gun permits through the Sheriff’s Office website.
The agency recently made the switch to online applications to “provide better customer service” and “streamline the permit process,” ultimately cutting back on the public’s flow of traffic in and out of the Sheriff’s Office and increasing the system’s level of convenience for residents, according to a press release.
Prior to moving the permit process online, citizens had to make multiple trips to the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News on Thursday.
“This is a win-win for both our staff and the citizens,” he said. “Citizens can access it (online permits) at anytime from anywhere and don’t have to rely on an office/district office to be open to fill out the necessary paperwork.”
Individuals seeking permits will still be required to present in person a valid North Carolina driver’s license or other form of identification.
In addition, individuals can check the status of their permits by email. The Sheriff’s Office will also use email to alert citizens about whether or not they need to submit additional documentation. A person can also track a specific order by simply visiting lincolnsheriff.org and logging in using one’s order number, email address and designated password.
“This is saving time and money for the citizens,” Carpenter said.
Individuals have the option of paying with all major credit cards, cash, check or money order or can pay in person at the Sheriff’s Office in Lincolnton or the Charlie District Office in Denver. Both locations are open 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. weekdays.
People without Internet access can use the computer setup in the lobby of department headquarters, the release said.
For additional information, questions or comments about the permit process, call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.