(Undated) – At a time when concealed carry gun permit applications are being submitted in record numbers, Indiana State Police are changing the way permit applications are accepted.
In February, the state police announced it is receiving over 4,000 applications a week – triple the number seen during February of 2012.
Over the weekend, the state police announced they will no longer accept paper applications. The applications must now be submitted electronically.
“This will streamline the application process for citizens as well as the processing completed by local agencies and the Indiana State Police,” said Sgt. Ron Galaviz.
An online application process already existed, but an enhanced online filing version debuts Monday at www.in.gov/isp.
According to the ISP, it will no longer be necessary to print a completed application and mail it to the state police for processing. A properly completed firearm license application will be transmitted from the applicant’s computer to the proper police agency for approval. Once approved by the local police authority the application is electronically transmitted to the Indiana State Police Firearms Section for further processing.
The electronic processing of permits does pose one problem: fingerprints. Those must be submitted with each application, and starting on May 15 only electronic fingerprints will be accepted.
“As citizens complete their application they will be directed to a list of locations for electronic fingerprinting. There are currently more than 60 locations statewide, serviced by Morpho Trust USA, that provide electronic fingerprint services,” said Galaviz.
For locations and information about Morpho Trust USA, go to http://www.l1enrollment.com/locations/?st=in.
Because of the heavy backlog of permit applications, Indiana State Police ask the public to allow for extra time to process them. For those using Morpho Trust USA (formerly L-1 Fingerprinting Solutions), expect 10 to 12 weeks from the date your money order was cashed.
For those submitting paper fingerprint cards and applications expect 15 to 17 weeks from the date your money order was cashed. Applicants with any prior criminal history will take longer.
State law only requires a permit if a gun owner intends to carry a handgun on their person or in their vehicle – not for rifles or handguns kept at home.