Changes coming for Porter gun permit applicants

2013-01-06T23:15:00Z Changes coming for Porter gun permit applicantsBy Phil Wieland, (219) 548-4352

VALPARAISO | Beginning next Monday, the Porter County Sheriff's Department will no longer do fingerprinting for gun permits.

Residents of unincorporated Porter County must go to L-1 Identity Solutions at any of its area locations, including 2323 Willowcreek Road, Portage, to have their fingerprints taken and sent electronically to the state for approval. Residents must first fill out the permit application online with the state.

After filling out the application, residents have 30 days to schedule an appointment with L-1 online. No walk-ins are allowed, and L-1 charges $9.95 for the service and collects the state's application fee for the type of permit being sought.

Applicants also must go to the sheriff's department between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays, except holidays, with a money order payable to the Porter County Sheriff's Department (no cash, checks or credit cards accepted) for the local fee and to sign the application.

Residents should bring their Indiana's driver's license or a photo ID showing their current address, along with their current gun permit, if applicable. For more information about permits, visit the sheriff's website at for instructions and the links to the state's application website,, and L-1 Identity Solutions at

Residents of the incorporated areas of Valparaiso, Portage, Chesterton, Porter, Hebron, Ogden Dunes, Burns Harbor or Beverly Shores must contact their city or town police departments for gun permit instructions.

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