The Administrative Division of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office provides services and information to the public in person at our office or via telephone contact. Services include pistol permit applications, criminal background checks, bail bond information, and general agency services offered to Lee County citizens.
Location: Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Address: Sheriff W.S. Jones Center
1900 Frederick Rd Opelika, AL 36801
Public Service Availability: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Criminal background checks are done from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The cost is $3.00 and is cash only. They are done only as a request for employment or housing and must be accompanied by a signed waiver on the requesting agencies letterhead. The individual must also produce a valid form of identification such as an Alabama driver’s license, any state issued ID or a current passport. There will be no individual background checks given to anyone without this information. If you would like to run a criminal background check on yourself, we have forms that can be sent to Montgomery for that information at a cost of $25.00. This check will take 6 to 8 weeks.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office provides fingerprinting services every Monday through Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (CST). No fingerprinting services are available on any Friday. For this service the individual must have a valid form of identification such as an Alabama driver’s license, any state issued ID or a current passport, and the fingerprint cards. The cost of this service is $5.00 cash only. It is best to bring correct change. If for any reason a reprint is necessary, we will do it at no charge if the original prints were taken less than 6 months ago and were done by our office.
There will be clerks on duty from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Central Time) Monday through Friday to prepare bail bonds. For bonds under $3,000.00 we require only 1 property owner. For bonds over $3,000.00 we will require 2 Lee County property owners. For any bond, misdemeanor or felony, the property to be used must be in Lee County. We do not accept split bonds (property located in two separate counties).
For property to be used on any bond, the owner must have the tax assessor’s print out sheet from the tax assessor’s office. The tax assessor’s office is located at the Lee County Courthouse, 215 South 9th Street. This sheet is needed to show that the property taxes are current and the person(s) signing the bond must have a valid picture identification (Alabama driver’s license, any state issued ID or a current passport). If more than one person is listed as an owner of the property, then each owner listed must come in and sign the bond. If an owner listed on the property is deceased, a death certificate must be shown before the bond will be approved.
Bail bonds can also be done after 5:00 PM (Central Time) and on weekends by a Corrections Officer if the necessary paper work is shown.
Pistol Permit applications may be obtained at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office or online. This application is for a general class non-restrictive concealed carry permit. It covers concealed carry of a handgun and does not require the licensee to carry a specific firearm.
When applying for a pistol permit, you must apply for the permit in the county where you live, therefore you must be a resident of Lee County.
You are not required to have a permit for a rifle or shotgun.
Once the application has been submitted, please allow 30 business days for it to be processed. To check the status of your application you may contact us by phone, in person, or online.
You must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a permit.
You must appear in person to pick up a permit for the first time, a renewal notice will be mailed in the month of expiration. Permits can be issued up to five years at a time.
The Sheriff’s Office accepts the following forms of payment: Cash, Check, Money Order, Debit/Credit Cards.
Permits may be picked up Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm CST.
The cost of a pistol permit is $20.00 for anyone age 18 to 59. The cost for persons age 60 or over is $15.00.
Concealed Carry Firearms Permits Information Disclosure Policy: It is the policy of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to maintain the privacy of all individuals who hold a concealed carry firearms permit issued by the Sheriff of Lee County. Records concerning information on concealed carry firearms permits are considered confidential and are not released to the public.