Starting Wednesday, if you want to get your conceal and carry permit, you don’t have to go to the Department of Revenue.

“Concerning the conceal and carry permits, effective Aug. 28, the responsibility for issuing concealed weapons permits will now be totally done at the sheriff’s office,” Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said. “No longer will you have to go to Department of Revenue at all. What the law says is that all sheriff’s departments through the whole state will now be totally in charge of issuing concealed carry permits. You have to go to the sheriff of the county where you reside.”

Copeland said the change came about several months ago.

“When you would go to the Missouri Department of Revenue, they would scan your birth certificate, scan all of the information and some of those records got released to the federal government,” he said.

Prior to receiving your conceal and carry permit, first you must complete a conceal and carry class.

“Then they come to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office – if you are a resident of Newton County – you will apply here, you don’t have to have an appointment,” Copeland said. “We do it Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. When you come in, all you have to have is the certificate where you completed the school and some proof of identification. We will do the fingerprints, take the application, it will all be processed and then once the prints come back, a permit is issued. The actual card will be issued here at the sheriff’s office to the person. They will have to come back and pick it up. But you no longer have to register anything at the Department of Revenue. Conceal and carry permits are a closed record and will be housed here at the sheriff’s office and not given any further.”

There is a fee for the permit.

“When you come in, the sheriff’s office charges $62 processing fee, we will take cash or check,” the sheriff said. “Then you have to pay separately $30.50 that has to be a check or money order to get your fingerprints processed through the state.”

Copeland said he is pleased with this new procedure.

“I am certainly for this, I think that it is a positive step for gun owners rights,” he said.

For more information, please contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Department at 451-8300.