Once you have completed your concealed carry course, you must apply for a permit at the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office. After you've scheduled with the sheriff's office and go down for your appointment (usually on a Tuesday), you will be asked to present your CCH class certificate and driver's license. If you were not born in the US, however, you will most likely be required to bring additional items. Please check your sheriff's office website for those details.
After you have presented everything, the sheriff's office will ask you to fill out some paperwork, take your fingerprints and send you on your way.
Do keep in mind that the sheriff's office now has to conduct a very extensive background check on you, and it usually takes between 45 and 90 days to complete. This includes a check of criminal offenses within the five years prior to your application and a mental health check. You must meet ALL of the requirements to get your CCH permit.
When the time has come and the background check is complete, you will be notified that your permit is ready, and you will have to pick it up in person at the sheriff's office. This ensures that the permit is going to the proper person.
In North Carolina, CCH permits are basically just a little piece of paper about the size of a business card. As you may imagine, they are very susceptible to water damage, and it is highly recommended that you get it laminated. Please make sure you sign it before you have it laminated.
Once you have your permit in your hand, you are free to conceal carry a handgun, as long as you abide by the law. No matter which county you get your permit from, it will be recognized across all NC counties.
Your CCH permit is good for 5 years. If it expires, you will have to retake a concealed carry class and repeat the whole process over again, so it's best to renew it if you have one. The permit itself has several benefits including carrying in certain places where it would otherwise be prohibited and no longer being required to have a pistol purchase permit. For more information, please contact the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office.