Lawful Hoosier gun owners no longer have to pay a state fee to obtain a lifetime license to carry a handgun thanks to House Enrolled Act 1001, which took effect July 1.

To apply for a free lifetime or five-year handgun gun license, or renew current permits, visit The Indiana State Police reported receiving 7,136 applications in the first 24 hours after the permits became fee exempt on July 1. Due to the high volume of applications, there could be a delay in accessing the website or scheduling your fingerprint appointment.

In 2019, House Enrolled Act 1284 waived the fee to obtain a five-year permit.

It’s important to note the application process for a carry permit has not changed, and the fee exemption does not apply to the costs associated with background checks or fingerprinting. After starting the application process, Hoosiers need to finish the following steps within 180 days:

  • Complete an online firearm license application;
  • Schedule a fingerprint appointment; and
  • Complete local law enforcement processing.

After finishing these steps, the Indiana State Police will conduct a final review and either issue or deny a permit to the individual.