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ELIZABETHTOWN — In an ongoing effort to update processes and provide better customer service to residents, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is migrating to a new online order and payment system to purchase handgun permits.

The new system will provide the following features to those applying:

— Applicants can now pay for handgun permits online using all major credit cards. If the applicant wants to pay by cash or personal check, they can present the cash or personal check in person at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office located at 201 E. King St., Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday ghrough Friday.

— A computer has been set up in the lobby to collect online applications to allow those who wish to pay by cash or personal check to do so in person.

— Applicants are notified of the receipt of the online application, the need for additional documentation and the issuance or denial of the permit via automated emails.

— All orders are given a unique order number to help with reference and tracking. Applicants can go onto the Bladen County Government website (www.bladennc.govoffice3.com) and click on Sheriff’s Office under the Departments link. Applicants will click on the link for online handgun permits.

— Applicants can check the status of their order using their order number, email address and password (created by the applicant during the application process).

— The online system will auto-generate permits for those applicants that are approved. This will result in new permit numbers. Per the current process, once the application is approved, the applicant MUST present his/her North Carolina driver’s license or ID with matching name and address to the application in person at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office located at 201 E. King St., Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Note: The Sheriff’s Office will no longer accept paper applications post marked or presented after Friday, June 13. All applications received prior to Friday, June 13, will be processed outside of the new system. Therefore online tracking, email notifications and auto-generation of permits will NOT be available to these applicants.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hopes this new system will streamline the permit process and reduce the public’s need to place follow-up phone calls and unnecessary travel to the Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions or comments about the new system, contact Sonya Heustess at 910-862-6962 or via email at: sheustess@bladenco.org.

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