General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the gun is to be carried.

Pistol Permits must be obtained from the county sheriff of your county of residence.


Type of Permit 1 Year 5 Year Lifetime Lifetime Pistol Permit
60 years of age or older
Plastic/Photo Identification Permit
$20.00 $100.00 $300.00    $150.00


Please note the following information:

  • All communication regarding the status of your application, including the approval of your application, will be sent electronically to all contact information provided on the application.
  • The Sheriff’s Office will issue or deny a Pistol License Application within 30 days of receipt of a completed application.
  • The Madison County Sheriff's Office is located at 603 Fiber Street, Huntsville, Alabama 35801.
  • Permits may be picked up Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 3:55 pm CST.
  • Please read the requirements below before starting the application


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Pistol Permit Information

Pistol Permit Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Applicant Must:

  • be a resident of Madison County,
  • be eighteen (18) years of age (not prohibited from carrying under state or federal law), who is an active, retired or honorably discharged military veteran, or
  • be nineteen (19) years of age or older.


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. In making such determination, the sheriff may consider whether the applicant:

  1. Was found guilty but mentally ill in a criminal case.
  2. Was found not guilty in a criminal case by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
  3. Was declared incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case.
  4. Asserted a defense in a criminal case of not guilty by reason of insanity or mental disease or defect.
  5. Was found not guilty only by reason of lack of mental responsibility under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  6. Required involuntary inpatient treatment in a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility.
  7. 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.
  8. Required involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital or similar treatment facility for any reason, including drug use.
  9. Is 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.
  10. Falsified any portion of the permit application.
  11. Has caused justifiable concern for public safety.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office offers this online service as a convenience to the community. In addition to the permit fee, the system will charge a per transaction fee for the convenience of applying and paying for your permit online. The service fee is not collected by the Sheriff. This fee is paid to the company that provides this order, payment, and processing system to the public. To pay cash or check you must use the paper application available at our office. Payment will be collected upon picking up your permit.

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For More Information, Contact:

Madison County Sheriff's Office
603 Fiber Street
Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: (256) 532-3731


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453


Storage of firearms and ammunition presents a unique responsibility. Children may see weapons as toys, and thieves view them as a tool for crime or an item that can be sold for quick profit. Keep all firearms locked away in a secure place.

It is the policy of the Madison County Sheriff's Office to maintain the privacy of all individuals who hold a concealed carry firearms permit issued by the Sheriff of Madison County. Records concerning information on concealed carry firearms permits are considered confidential and are not released to the public.