(a)  Each applicant for renewal of a firearms trainer certificate shall complete an online renewal form on the website provided by the Board. This form shall be submitted online not less than 30 days prior to the expiration of the applicant's current certificate and shall be accompanied by:

(1)           uploaded online a certificate of successful completion of a firearms trainer refresher course approved by the Board and the Secretary of Public Safety consisting of a minimum of eight hours of classroom and practical range training in safety and maintenance of the applicable firearm (i.e. handgun, shotgun, or rifle), range operations, control and safety procedures, and methods of firing. This training shall be completed within 180 days of the submission of the renewal application;

(2)           a statement of the results of a criminal history records search by the reporting service designated by the Board pursuant to G.S. 74C-8.1(a) for each state where the applicant has resided within the preceding 24 months; and

(3)           the applicant's renewal fee, along with the four dollar ($4.00) convenience fee and a separate credit card transaction fee.

(b)  If there is a criminal charge pending against the applicant for renewal that constitutes a deniable offense under G.S. 74C-8(d)(2), consideration of the application shall be deferred until the criminal charge is adjudicated.

(c)  Members of the armed forces whose certification is in good standing and to whom G.S. 105-249.2 grants an extension of time to file a tax return shall receive that same extension of time to pay the certification renewal fee and to complete any continuing education requirements prescribed by the Board. The applicant shall furnish the Board a copy of the military order or the extension approval by the Internal Revenue Service or by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

(d)  Any firearms trainer who fails to qualify with the minimum score during the refresher course shall not continue to instruct during the period between the failure to qualify and the expiration of his or her permit.

(e)  The holder of a firearms trainer certificate may utilize a dedicated light system or gun mounted light for personal requalification.

(f)  During a national or State declared state of emergency that restricts or prohibits a certified firearms trainer from requalifying, the Board shall, upon written request to the Director by the licensee, extend the deadline for requalification up to 90 days beyond the effective period of the state of emergency. Any certificate renewed pursuant to this Paragraph shall be issued conditionally and shall automatically expire on the 90th day if requalification requirements have not been met.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 74C-5; 74C-8.1(a); 74C-9; 74C-13; 93B-15;

Eff. June 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2013; October 1, 2010; June 1, 2009; December 1, 1995; December 1, 1985;

Transferred and Recodified from 12 NCAC 07D .0904 Eff. July 1, 2015;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2017; February 1, 2016; October 1, 2015;

Readopted Eff. November 1, 2019;

Amended Eff. March 1, 2020;

Emergency Amendment Eff. May 6, 2020;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 24, 2020;

Temporary Amendment Expired Eff. May 14, 2021;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2022; January 1, 2022;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2024; October 1, 2022.