From Sheriff David A. Mahoney                           

            Phone - 884-3168

            Email –

            Web Site –

            Crime Tips –







Sheriff’s Office To Implement

New Online Gun Permitting System


In an effort to provide better service to the citizens of Transylvania County, the Sheriff’s Office will implement a new online gun purchase permitting system in the very near future.  The new system will be a joint effort between the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office and    The system will afford the user the ability to apply for gun purchase permits from any location where they can access the internet, complete their payment online for their requested permits, and be notified electronically when their permits are ready to be picked up.

The intention of the new permitting system is to reduce the time that people have to wait in the Sheriff’s Office lobby for employees to process permits and to make the workflow of these employees more streamlined and efficient.  The online permitting system is the same one that is currently in use by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies.

The advantage of the program is that citizens will no longer be required to come to the Sheriff’s Office and wait for long periods of time to obtain their gun permits.  The new application process will allow the applicant to obtain their permit in the following simple steps:

  1. Access the application portal online through a link on the Sheriff’s Office website. 
  2. Complete the background portion of the application online.
  3. Pay the application and processing fee online via credit card
  4. Await email instructions from staff to come to pick up the permit in person.

Permit costs will remain at $5 per permit with a maximum request of four (4) permits per application.  There will be a $3 processing and convenience fee added to the total transaction (not each permit) which is collected by the permitting system vendor.  The applicant will also be responsible for any associated credit card processing fees charged by their card company, which are generally very nominal.


For citizens who do not have internet access at home, the Sheriff’s Office will have an application kiosk in the Sheriff’s Office lobby where citizens can apply and pay for permits.  I will keep you informed as we move close to the go live date.