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Office of the Sheriff
1 Woolfolk Ave
PO Box 504
Louisa, VA 23093

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(540) 967-1234
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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What's the mailing address for the Louisa County Sheriff's Office?

    The mailing address is PO Box 504, Louisa, VA 23093.

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  2. What`s the physical address for the Louisa County Sheriff`s Office?

    The physical address is 1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa, VA 23093.

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  3. I need to be fingerprinted. Where can I go to get that done?

    Fingerprints can be obtained at the Louisa County Sheriff's Office for $5.00 per card, between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Exceptions will only be made for Sex Offender Registrants.

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  4. I'm a Sex Offender and I need to update my information. How do I do that?>

    To update your email address and screen name, you can send an email to 911@louisa.org. For all other updates, you will need to either go to the Virginia State Police Area Office located at 3707 Cross County Road or come to the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

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  5. I need to speak to the Magistrate. How do I do this?

    We have 24-hour access with the Magistrate. On various days throughout the week, the Magistrate is here at the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. When the Magistrate is out, we can talk to other Magistrates via satellite. If you would like to speak to the Magistrate before coming to the Louisa County Sheriff's Office, contact 540-967-3493 for the Louisa Office or 540-672-1087 for the Orange Office.

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  6. I got a DUI and the officer said that I would get my license back after my suspension period was up.  Where do I go to get my license?

    Once a driver's license is confiscated for a DUI, it gets turned into the General District Court along with the copy of the Administrative License Suspension that was issued to you. When the term marked on the Administrative License Suspension is complied with, the General District Court will either mail your driver's license to the address listed on the license or hold it until you come to the General District Court to retrieve it, whichever you chose during your arrest. If you do not receive your driver's license with in five business days of the expiration of the Administrative License Suspension, please contact 540-967-5330.

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  7. Where can I get a Concealed Handgun Permit?

    Resident Concealed Handgun Permits

    Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. Please contact the applicable court for specific instruction on the application process.

    Virginia Code Section 18.2-308 - Prohibits the carrying of any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or any weapon of like kind by any person hidden from common observance about his person. Any of the enumerated weapons shall be seized and forfeited to the Commonwealth. A weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon's true nature

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  8. What do I need to do to apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit in Louisa?

    Filing Procedures

    Applicants have two options for submitting concealed handgun applications to the clerk of the circuit court.

    • Applicants can hand-deliver applications to the clerk of the circuit court during normal business hours, located at 100 West Main Street in Louisa, Virginia.

    • Applicants may mail their application to the clerk of the circuit court to the following address:
      • Clerk of the Circuit Court
        P.O. Box 37
        Louisa, Va 23093

      • Applications that are mailed for filing must be notarized by a notary public and must include proper payment for filing and proof of proficiency.

        Application Instructions

        Applications can be obtained several ways.

        • Click here for the Application for Concealed Handgun Permit.
          (The Application can be printed out and completed by hand, or filled out online and then printed out).   It will need to be signed and notarized.
        • You can also download the application on the Virginia State Police website at www.vsp.state.va.us and click on Forms & Publications and then click on Firearms. Here you will find a downloadable version of the application for a concealed handgun permit.
        • Residents may also pick-up an application at either:

          • Clerk of the Circuit Court
            100 West Main Street
            Louisa, Virginia
          • Louisa County Sheriff's Office
            1 Woolfolk Ave
            Louisa, VA.

        Applicants should carefully review the application and ensure all information is provided. The application should be typed or legibly handwritten in black ink only. If the space provided in the application is insufficient for some responses, any additional information that is required can be attached to the application, but please be sure attachments should are legible and clear. Typed information on attached documents is preferred to ensure the information is legible.

        The application must be signed by the applicant and the applicant's signature notarized by a notary public.

        All applications are to be hand-delivered or mailed to the clerk of the circuit court

        Application Filing Fees

        The filing fee for the concealed handgun application is $50.00. Applicants who deliver their application in person at the clerk's office have the option of paying by cash, check or money order. Applicants who mail in the application must pay by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the "Clerk of the Circuit Court." A fee of $50 will be assessed for returned checks due to stop-payment and insufficient funds.

        The background investigation fee for the Louisa County Sheriff's Office is included in the application filing fee.

        Proof of Proficiency

        Applicants must provide proof of proficiency to use a handgun as part of the application. The following certificates/documents are typically provided to demonstrate proficiency:
        • Firearm Qualification Certificate
        • Military Discharge Papers (DD214)
        • Hunter Safety Certificate
        • Law Enforcement Certification

        There is a Firearms Safety Course offered by the Louisa County Parks and Recreation that qualifies as "Proof of Proficiency". This course is instructed by a Firearms Instructor of the Lousa County Sheriff's Office. Click here for the schedule of instruction.

        Background Investigation

        The Louisa County Sheriff's Office conducts a criminal background check on each applicant. Once the application has been successfully filed with the clerk of the circuit court, the Sheriff's Office will typically complete the background check within 2 business days. The fee for the background check is included with the filing fee.

        Review and Processing of Application

        Once the Sheriff's Office has completed the background investigation and provided the results to the clerk's office, the application is reviewed by the Circuit Court judges. State law requires action on the application by 45 days. Usually applications are reviewed within about 25 business days, but due to an increase in applications and other caseload, it may take 30 days to complete the review process. Applications that are approved by the Court will result in issuance of a permit by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Contact will be made with the applicant when the permit has been issued to make arrangements to pick up the permit in person at the Clerk's Office. Applicants may request that the clerk mail the permit, but only if a self addressed, stamped envelope had been provided to do so.

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      • What do I need to do to renew, get a duplicate, or change my address/name, on a Concealed Handgun Permit in Louisa?

        Permit Renewal

        Once approved by the court and processed by the clerk's office, your concealed handgun permit is valid for five years. You may renew your permit by completing the application as outlined for obtaining your Concealed Handgun permit however, you would indicate in the appropriate box that you are renewing your permit. In order to maintain your authorization, the application for renewal should be submitted to the clerk's office at least 90 days prior, but no more than 180 days prior to the expiration of your current permit. Within these guidelines the new permit mailed to the applicant becomes effective upon expiration of the existing permit.

        Duplicate Permits

        If you lose or destroy your permit or wish to change your address, you must complete the Request for Duplicate Permit form and file it with the Louisa Circuit Court. Your original permit must have been issued by Louisa County Circuit Court. The form is signed under oath verifying that you are still eligible to carry a concealed handgun. You may complete the form in front of a Notary Public or with a deputy clerk at the Circuit Court during normal business hours. You will need valid photo identification and your filing fee ($5 for a duplicate or $10 for Address/Name Change) to complete the process. The Request for Duplicate Permit form can be downloaded here by clicking here or they can be picked up at the Louisa County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

        Submitting Requests for Duplicate Permits

        Duplicate Permit requests may be submitted in person or by mail. Bring your notarized Request for Duplicate Permit and filing fee to the Clerk of the Circuit Court during normal business hours or send your completed Request for Duplicate Permit form and filing fee to:

        Clerk of the Circuit Court
        P.O. Box 37
        Louisa, Va 23093

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      • How do I report a Crimesolver's tip?

        You can also report information for any suspicious activity to the Louisa County Crime Solvers without ever having to give your name. To do so, you can either dial 540-967-1202 or toll free 800-346-1466, or click on the link to the Crimesolver's website on the left hand side of this page.  If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive up to $1000.00 for your help.

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      • How do I have my address flagged with pertinent information needed in the event an emergency?

        If you have a family member with special needs such as being deaf, blind, bed ridden, etc., you may contact Tonya Hovey at 540-967-3494 or at thovey@louisa.org to put in a request to have the address of the family member flagged so we can alert responding personnel.

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