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Pistol Purchase Permit FAQ

  • What is required to get a pistol permit to purchase a handgun? +

    To purchase a handgun in North Carolina, you must have a permit issued to you by the Sheriff’s Office in the county in which you reside. You must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be 21 years of age.
    • Must be a resident of Halifax County.
    • Be of good character and reputation.
    • Not be an unlawful drug user.
    • Have had no Carrying Concealed Weapons, Domestic Violence, or Felony convictions.
  • How do I apply for a pistol permit? +

    The easiest and fastest way to apply is doing so online. You may apply for a pistol permit by clicking on this link https://halifaxso.permitium.com/.

    You may also come to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office located at 355 Ferrell Lane in Halifax, NC Monday-Friday between 8:30am – 3:30pm. Note the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Gun Permit Office is closed on major holidays.

  • If I apply online, do I still need to come to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to complete the purchase process? +

    Yes, you must come to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to personally sign a mental health waiver before the process can proceed any further. You must bring a valid photo identification. Failure to sign the mental health waiver form will delay your permit request.

  • How long are pistol permits good for? +

    A pistol purchase permit is good for 5 years from date it is issued.

  • Is there a limit on the number of pistol purchase permits I can buy? +

    No, there is no limit on how many you can buy.

  • How much does a pistol purchase permit cost? +

    A pistol purchase permit is $5.00 plus additional processing fees.

Detention Center FAQs

  • What is the physical address of the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    355 Ferrell Lane
    Halifax, NC 27839
    Latitude 36.321829 Longitude -77.590450

  • How do I send mail to an inmate? +

    Inmate’s Name
    Post Office Box 36
    Halifax, NC 27839

    There must be a return name and address clearly visible on the envelope.

  • What are the telephone numbers for the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    General Number: (252) 583-3081

    Fax Number: (252) 593-2015

    Medical: Extension 4448

    Administration: Extension 4491

    Chief Jailer: Extension 4496

    Captain’s Office: Extension 4483

  • What can I bring or mail to an inmate at the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    We do not accept any outside items. A variety of products can be purchased from within the Detention Center, by the inmate, from the commissary. These internal purchases are limited to $60 a week. The inmate can receive one order of products per week purchased through the commissary that are purchased from the outside. These are limited to $40 a week.

  • How do I put money in an inmate’s account at the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Kiosk

    There is a deposit kiosk located in the lobby area of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. This kiosk is available 24 hours a day. Deposits will post immediately to an inmate’s account.

    Online

    You may also go to https://store.jailpackstore.com/ and follow the prompts. You can send any amount, and there are no time restrictions. There are fees for this service, which are listed on the website. Deposits will post immediately to an inmate’s account.

    Mail

    You may mail a United States Postal Service (USPS) money order payable to the inmate. The Detention Center will ONLY accept a USPS money order. The mailing address is:

    Inmate’s Name
    Post Office Box 36
    Halifax, NC 27839

  • Can I send books and other reading material to an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Any books and other reading material will only be accepted if it is mailed to the inmate by a publisher, bookstore, or retail vendor. Books may only be of soft cover; no spiral bound or hardback books are allowed. Material may not contain nudity or sexually suggestive material, gang signs or symbols, drugs or alcohol, or depictions of violence. All items received will be searched and inspected. Unauthorized items will be destroyed. Any inmate who leaves the Detention Center and has a subscription to a magazine or newspaper may gift that subscription to another inmate still in custody.

  • Can I send photographs and greeting cards to an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Inmates may receive up to five (5) photographs no larger than 5”x7”. Photographs may not contain nudity or sexually suggestive material, gang signs or symbols, drugs or alcohol, or depictions of violence. All greeting cards will be photocopied and the photocopy will be provided to the inmate. The original will be placed into the inmate’s property.

  • How may I visit an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    The Halifax County Detention Center does not provide face-to-face visitation. You may visit with an inmate virtually through a service provided by Homewav. To learn more about this service please visit their website at (https://www.homewav.com/).

    Please visit our section on video visitation on our website for rules, instructions, and more information (https://halifaxncsheriff.com/detention-center/video-visitation.html).

    Please note that all video visitation contacts are monitored and recorded.

  • How can I receive phone calls from an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Paytel Communications provides inmate phone service for the Halifax County Detention Center. Inmates may call collect calls using phones located within their cells. For more information concerning the services provided by Paytel, please visit their website at (https://www.paytel.com/).

  • How can I get a message to an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Detention staff of the Halifax County Detention Center are not permitted to relay messages to inmates. Please use the mailing address to deliver any messages.

  • How do I get prescription medication to an inmate in the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    If you are in possession of an inmate’s prescription medication, you will need to call the Medical office at (252) 583-3081, Ext. 4448 to receive instructions on how to get this medication to the inmate. Only prescription medication in the container provided by the pharmacy will be accepted.

  • How do I find out what an inmate’s charges and/or bond is? +

    Charge and bond information can be obtained by calling the Halifax County Detention Center at (252) 583-3081. Please be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name.

  • How do I get an inmate released from the Halifax County Detention Center? +

    Contact the Magistrate’s Office at (252) 593-3019 to determine the requirements for having an inmate released from the detention center. You may also contact a bail bondsman. A list of bail bonding agents is available online by visiting (https://www.nccourts.gov/services/find-a-bail-bondsman).

  • How do I find out a scheduled court appearance for an inmate? +

    You may check the Administrative Office of the Courts’ website link for any upcoming court dates: (http://www1.aoc.state.nc.us/www/calendars/CriminalQuery.html)

  • How do I find out what attorney represents an inmate? +

    To inquire about an inmate’s attorney you can call the Halifax County Detention Center at (252) 583-3081, or the Halifax County Clerk of Court’s Office at (252) 593-3000. Please be prepared to provide the inmate’s full name.

Conceal Carry Pistol Permit FAQ

  • What are the qualifications to get a concealed carry permit? +

    The qualifications for this permit are similar to the purchase permit.

  • Do I need to be a resident of North Carolina to obtain a concealed handgun permit? +

    Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen and have been a resident of North Carolina for 30 days, or longer, before applying for a concealed handgun permit. Exemptions for active duty military personnel apply.

  • What is the process to get a concealed carry permit? +

    • Complete a North Carolina approved firearms safety course. This is an 8-hour handgun safety course, which involves classroom and practical application instruction. This includes the actual firing of a pistol. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office can provide a list of firearms instructors, but cannot recommend any particular instructor.
    • Upon successful completion and issuance of a certificate from the North Carolina approved firearms safety course, you must complete an application online by clicking this link https://halifaxso.permitium.com/.
    • Pay the application fee of $90 plus additional processing fees.
    • Set your appointment online to come to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to be fingerprinted and to sign a mental health waiver. Failure to be fingerprinted or sign the mental health waiver form will delay your permit request.
    • Await approval. This could take up to 90-days or longer. A representative from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office will contact you when the concealed handgun permit is ready for pick up.
  • What documents do I need to apply for a concealed handgun permit? +

    • North Carolina driver’s license or ID card (a North Carolina driver’s license or ID card is not required for active duty military personnel);
    • Original certificate showing completion of an approved firearms safety course;
    • Completed application packet;
    • Veterans Affairs medical release form (if applicable);
    • Original DD-214 (if applicable);
    • Citizenship Form & Naturalizations papers (if not born in the U.S.); and
    • A copy of military PCS orders (if applicable, this is only required for active duty personnel that are residing in Halifax County due to a military assignment but are legal residents of another state or county).
  • Why does it take so long to issue a concealed handgun permit? +

    The application process is typically slowed down by the acquisition of medical records. Once all of the required medical information is received by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the rest of the approval process is started.

  • I have a valid concealed handgun permit from another county in North Carolina and have moved to Halifax County. What do I need to do? +

    Begin by updating your driver’s license to reflect your new address. Then go to the sheriff’s office in your previous county of residence about your address change. They will notify the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

  • I have a valid concealed handgun permit issued in another state and have moved to Halifax County. What do I need to do? +

    North Carolina and Halifax County recognize valid concealed handgun permits from all 50 states. Please check with your state to ensure your concealed handgun permit will still be valid under their laws after you move to North Carolina or change your legal residence. In any event, 90-days prior to the expiration of your out-of-state concealed handgun permit, you must complete an approved North Carolina firearms safety course. After completing the course, you may apply for a new North Carolina concealed handgun permit with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Your concealed handgun permit address is required to match your NC driver’s license.

  • Does the Concealed Handgun Training Certificate ever expire? +

    No, it never expires for a new concealed handgun permit applicant who has not applied for their concealed handgun permit.

  • Does my Concealed Handgun permit expire? +

    Yes, Concealed Handgun permits expire in 5-years, and must be renewed. If you have a concealed handgun permit and you let your concealed handgun permit expire, then you will be considered a new applicant and will have to complete the entire process described above including attending a North Carolina approved firearms safety course.

  • How much does a concealed handgun permit cost? +

    A NEW concealed handgun permit is $90.00 plus additional processing fees, while a RENEWAL concealed handgun permit is $75.00 plus additional processing fees.

  • Do I need to purchase a separate purchase permit to buy a pistol? +

    No, if you have a valid concealed handgun permit you can use this to purchase a pistol. You will not need to purchase a separate purchase permit.

  • Do I have to register my firearm? +

    No, you are not required to register a firearm anywhere in North Carolina.

  • Where am I allowed to carry a concealed weapon? +

    Please refer to North Carolina General Statute §14-415.11 for an in-depth explanation of where carrying a concealed weapon is not permitted.

  • Is my Halifax County concealed handgun permit valid in other counties of North Carolina? +

    Yes, a Halifax County concealed handgun permit authorizes you to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in North Carolina, when permitted by law.

  • Is my Halifax County concealed handgun permit valid in other states? +

    Most states honor a concealed handgun permit issued in North Carolina. However, it is best to research and confirm a reciprocal agreement is in place before traveling out of state with a concealed weapon. Effective December 1, 2011, North Carolina automatically recognizes concealed handgun permits issued in any of the 50 states.

Landlord and Tenant FAQs

  • How do I evict someone from my rental property? +

    If you have had much experience being a landlord, you probably already know the process. However, if you are new to this, it can be a little complicated. If you are renting a property (house, apartment, building, etc.) to someone and they fail to pay their rent, you must first give them written notice of the delinquency and provide them with a 10-days’ notice to vacate the property. If you have a written lease agreement you must give them 30-days’ notice to vacate. If the tenants fail to vacate during the noted days above, you must then go to the Halifax County Clerk of Superior Court and apply for a summons to evict them. For information on fees for this process you can visit: https://www.nccourts.gov/help-topics/fees-and-payments/court-costs

    You, the landlord, will be recognized legally from this point forward as the plaintiff. The tenant, will be recognized as the defendant. The summons will be served on the defendant by a Deputy Sheriff with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. A court date will have been set when the summons is issued and all matters will begin before a magistrate. The Magistrate’s Office is located at 355 Ferrell Lane in Halifax, NC. On the court date, the Magistrate will hear the case and make a ruling. If the Magistrate rules in your favor, the defendant (tenant) will have 10-days to appeal. After the 10-days, you must again go to the Halifax County Clerk of Superior Court to apply for an actual eviction, (writ.)

    The writ will be delivered to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. This servicing and formal eviction process will be scheduled within seven (7) days of the eviction process being issued by the Halifax County Clerk of Superior Court. On the eviction day, you will have the option to move the defendant (tenant) and their belongings out of your property, or padlock the property. Both of these options are at your expense; in which case the defendant will have the opportunity to coordinate a time and date with you to return and remove the property. As you see, this is a time consuming process that can take several weeks and will cost you court fees for each paper you have issued. This is why landlords should get at least one month rent in advance.

  • I am a landlord and I need legal advice about evicting someone. Can you help me decide what to do? +

    The Halifax County Sheriff's Office cannot provide legal advice. Landlord/tenant dispute is a civil matter. You may need to consult an attorney to fully understand your civil rights as a landlord.

  • I am a landlord. Can I change the locks on my rental property without involving the Sheriff’s Office? +

    No, you should not. This would not be a legal eviction. There are specific general statutes in the State of North Carolina that regulate the eviction process. A landlord must obtain a court order to evict a tenant from rental property. The Sheriff, not the landlord, is the only one who can remove the tenant and/or his personal property from the rental premises. The landlord cannot force the tenant to move at any stage of the eviction process nor can he/she impede the tenant’s ability to enter the premises except in order to maintain or repair the premises.

  • As a landlord, can I go ahead with the eviction after I have filed for the Writ of Possession? +

    No, only a Sheriff or his/her Deputies may serve a Writ of Possession for Real Property. Upon receipt of the Writ of Possession for Real Property, the landlord may contact the Sheriff’s Office about scheduling. The landlord or his agent will meet the deputy at the location in question. The landlord is responsible for supplying and changing the locks. The landlord is responsible for providing a means to gain entry into the premises so that a deputy can ensure that all occupants leave the premises to include removing any animals that may be inside at the time of the eviction.

  • If there is personal property inside the premises when the locks are changed, can I dispose of it immediately? +

    A tenant has 7 days to contact the landlord and set a time to retrieve all personal property. The Sheriff’s Office does not assist in the retrieval of these items once the eviction has occurred. If the tenant has not claimed the property after 7 days, the landlord may dispose of the property but the Sheriff’s Office cannot give the landlord any advice as to how that property may be disposed of.

  • I am a landlord and I have an eviction schedule that I wish to cancel. Can I do this? +

    As the landlord, you have the right to stop an eviction if you wish. Contact 252-583-8201 and also fax a Cancellation Request to 252-583-2698. You must indicate why you are cancelling the eviction, i.e. defendant paid, moved out, or you worked out some other arrangement with the defendant. Once canceled, the writ will be returned to the Clerk of Court.