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Indiana state laws regulate the sale, possession and use of firearms and ammunition within its boundaries.


The state requires a license for most methods of carrying a handgun. A license to carry may be issued to individuals age 18 or older who meet the legal requirements. Currently, the state allows both limited term and unlimited lifetime licenses.


You may be disqualified from acquiring a firearms license if you have been convicted of a felony, have documented substance abuse, if there is documented evidence of an individual’s propensity of violent or emotionally unstable conduct or if you have been conducted of misdemeanor domestic battery.  


You may also be disqualified if you have been arrested for a violent crime and "a court has found probable cause to believe that the person committed the offense charged."


Indiana residents, or nonresidents with a "regular place of business" in Indiana, must obtain an Indiana license.


Applying for a License


STEP 1: Complete the online application at At the end of the application, you will receive directons on how to schedule electronic fingerprinting (step 2) and payment of state fee. 


STEP 2: Schedule electronic fingerprinting through MorphoTrust. 


STEP 3: Bring your application number to the Highland Police Department, 3333 Ridge Road, from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays for approval and local fee payment. The Highland Police Department only processes applications during this time. You will be required to prove residency with a driver's license with your current Highland address. If you do not live in Highland, then you must apply at the police department in the town you live in. IF you are a business owner in Highland, but do not reside in Indiana, you must apply at the Lake County Sherriff's Department. 


STEP 4: Your application willbe electronically transferred to Indiana State Police for final review. If you application is approved, your permit will be sent to you via US Mail. If you application is rejected, you will be notified by US Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal. 


Check the status of your application online at



Does Indiana law require me to carry my handgun on my person in a concealed or exposed manner?


Indiana law is silent on this issue; however, carrying an exposed firearm in public may be alarming to some people and create unnecessary and unwanted attention to yourself. Your right to carry a firearm may also be restricted on private property, various sporting venues, and some businesses by the owners. Be attentive for posted signs warning of restricted areas when carrying a firearm into public places. If approached by a law enforcement officer for official business purposes, it is recommended that you tell the officer in a non-threatening manner that you are in possession of a firearm and that you have a permit.


For more information on this topic, email the Indiana State Police at




INFO: Visit the link below to apply and to learn more about firearms permits and how to avoid delays in the application process.

FEE SCHEDULE: The handgun licensing fee schedule varies according to license type and includes local and state fees.

Highland Police Department

3315 Ridge Road

Highland, IN 46322


Non-emergency telephone:

(219) 838-3184


Fax: (219) 972-5095