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Process For Firearm License Changing
Updated May 5, 2013 1:11 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The process to apply for a license to carry a firearm is transitioning from a paper process to an electronic application.

This will streamline the application process for citizens as well as the processing completed by local agencies and the Indiana State Police.

The electronic application process already existed, but an enhanced version will be available on Monday, March 25, 2013. It will no longer be necessary to print a completed application and mail it to the state police for processing. A properly completed firearm license application will be transmitted from the applicant's computer to the proper police agency for approval. Once approved by the local police authority the application is electronically transmitted to the Indiana State Police Firearms Section for further processing.

Part of the application process includes having a set of fingerprints associated with the license application. While most fingerprints are submitted electronically, some are still submitted on paper fingerprint cards. Effective May 15, 2013 only electronic fingerprints will be accepted. As citizens complete their application they will be directed to a list of locations for electronic fingerprinting. There are currently more than 60 locations statewide, serviced by Morpho Trust USA, that provide electronic fingerprint services. For locations and information about this vendor, visit this link:

To start the firearm license application process, visit this link:

The Indiana State Police Firearms Section requests the following:

Please do not request a status check regarding your firearm permit application unless the timeframe significantly exceeds the projected issue dates listed below.

Firearms questions can be directed to the Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing Section. ISP is experiencing a high volume of phone calls. If you are checking the status of your firearms application, include your full name, date of birth, and date that your money order was cashed.

ATTENTION: If you have already submitted a firearms application, the following timelines should be anticipated:

  • For those using Morpho Trust USA (formerly L-1 Fingerprinting Solutions)--10 to 12 weeks from the date your money order was cashed.
  • For those submitting paper fingerprint cards and applications--15 to 17 weeks from the date your money order was cashed.
  • If you have any prior criminal history, the above timelines may be extended until your criminal history can be reviewed.

For the fastest response, we recommend that you submit your questions via email.

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