North Carolina Firearm (Gun) Bill of Sale Form


The North Carolina firearm (gun) bill of sale form encapsulates the transcribed agreement containing the details of the sale involving a firearm in exchange for a fixed dollar amount. Included in the language of the document, is data that pertains to both individuals involved in the trade, gun information, and sale terms. This written account can serve to provide evidence of transfer as well as sufficient proof of ownership.

How to Register a Gun

Although you will not be prompted to register a firearm once it is attained in the state of North Carolina, to procure a new or used handgun from a dealer or private party, will demand that you first secure a Pistol Purchase Permit. Should you already have a Concealed Carry Permit, you may utilize this in place of the Pistol Purchase Permit. Background checks are required for both permits, and once either permit is obtained, the required NICS background check will be waived when buying the gun through a federally licensed firearm dealer or private sale (NC General Statutes Article 52A, § 14-402). State law does not stipulate a stance against openly carrying a long gun, although many local municipalities have rules related to this that must be abided by dependent on the town or city you are located within. To carry a handgun, however, openly or concealed, will demand that an individual get hold of a Concealed Carry Permit.

How to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit

To qualify for a North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit, you must be aged 21 or older, have resided in the state for at least 30 days, and meet the requirements for criminal background and mental health, as deemed necessary by the state and federal authorities. You must also complete an 8-hour firearm competency course or have sufficient documentation to prove your past or current training with law enforcement or the armed forces. This permit also provides for travel with a concealed weapon within states that allow for reciprocity.

To apply for a North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit, bring the following paperwork to your local sheriff’s office:

  • A filled North Carolina Application for Permit to Purchase a Handgun (Form SBI-CHP-5-16).
  • A certificate of completion of a firearms safety program from a state-approved instructor.
  • Proof of citizenship via a U.S. Passport or other supporting document proving legal naturalization or residency.
  • A valid North Carolina driver’s license or identification card (must have the current address listed on ID).
  • Two fingerprint identification cards (taken on-site at the sheriff’s office).
  • Acceptable form of payment for all fees, including the $95 application fee (call your county sheriff’s office to determine accepted payment forms before arriving).

Concealed Carry Permits are valid for a time period of 5-years before needing to be renewed. Upon submission of your application, approval can take anywhere from 60-90 days before you will receive notice of your permit status. Should you not hear back after 90 days you may then contact your county sheriff’s office to inquire about the permit’s progress.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download the Adobe PDF.

Step 2 – Seller Information – Input info associated with the seller of the gun:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 3 – Buyer Information – Highlight the same information in the next part, but in reference to the buyer of the firearm:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 4 – Firearm – Include the information pointing out the particular characteristics of the gun as follows:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Caliber
  • Serial number

Step 5 – Sale Information – Answer the prompted questions as to the cost of the weapon as follows:

  • Purchase Price
  • Purchase Date
  • Speak to any trade information should trade be involved. Make sure the make model and serial number are referenced regarding any item to be traded for the firearm.

Step 6 – Disclosure Statements – Only upon complete revision and agreement shall the buyer and seller make their endorsements upon the document.

Step 7 – Signatures – Before applying any signatures to the form, consult with a professional notary to ensure certification and notarization of the agreement’s content.