Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Alabama

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 used.

Alabama State Code provides that the Sheriff of a county shall issue a qualified or unlimited license to a person residing in the county, and is a suitable person to be licensed.

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


Type of Permit 1 Year 5 Year Lifetime Lifetime for applicants over 60 years of age
Fee $7.50 $37.50 $300.00 $150.00

If you need a REPLACEMENT permit if your permit is lost, destroyed, you have moved or have changed your name, click on the REPLACEMENT link.  The fee for replacement permits are $3.00.


Please note the following information:

  • All communication regarding the status of your application, including the approval of your application, will be sent via the email address 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 Jefferson County Sheriff's Office central office is located at 2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
  • Permits may be picked up Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm 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 Jefferson County before you can apply for a permit with this office;
  • be nineteen (19) years of age or older to apply for a permit;
  • be a resident in Jefferson County;


The Sheriff my 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 Jefferson 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. You may use the PAY CASH OPTION only with our computer kiosk located at our office if desired when you fill out either the online NEW application or RENEWAL  application. The cash option is not available when filling out the online application at any location other than our office. Cash will be collected from you in person after your permit has been approved and you come to our office for pickup. There is no service fee for the cash transaction.

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For More Information, Contact:

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff’s Headquarters

2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: 205-325-5728

Bessemer Sheriff’s Office
1826 2nd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020

Phone: 205-481-4201
Center Point Substation
2651 Center Point Road
Center Point, AL 35215

Phone: 205-856-8800
Hoover Satellite Courthouse
1901 Hoover Ct
Hoover, AL 35226

Phone: 205-909-3959
Gardendale Satellite Courthouse
651 Main Street
Gardendale, AL 35071

Phone: 205-909-3833


For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software

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