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The Self-defense & Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) is a program designed to increase public awareness about crime prevention and to increase the feasibility of self-defense training through familiarization with its many options.  
During the course, participants are taught how to keep themselves safe in a variety of circumstances that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence, with a keen focus on safety tactics for women.  Participants are also taught basic hand and knee strikes. 
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has three certified instructors that can teach this class.   If you are interested in taking this class please contact Deputy Jennifer Griffith at

NRA Basic Pistol / Home Defense Course:
The NRA Basic Pistol course is designed to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude for owning and using a pistol safely.  In addition, the Home Defense course, instructs responsible handgun owners the safest handling procedures and proper storage of guns in the home.
During the course, participants are taught correct handling techniques as well as the differences in ammunition. Participants will be able to handle and familiarize themselves with many styles of handguns and are given the opportunity to shoot a qualification course.  Furthermore, an attorney will address the class about essential legal issues involving firearms and home defense. 
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has two certified NRA instructors that teach this class.  If you are interested in taking this class please contact Sheriff Ryan Needham at


Most Wanted
The “Most Wanted” program was implemented by Sheriff Mark Casteel and is regulated by the Jail Operations Sergeant,Christian Brown. With the assistance of our local newspapers, we produce and publish a monthly list of our top ten most wanted suspects with photographs and offenses. Since its beginning, we have had a successful return of captured suspects. With the help of concerned citizens, the length of time from a warrant being issued to arrest has been shortened dramatically.

Gun Permits

Instruction on Applying for Hand Gun License

Step 1: Complete the online application at  At the end of the application, you will receive directions on how to schedule electronic fingerprinting (step 2) and payment of state fee.

Step 2:  Schedule electronic fingerprinting through MorphoTrust.

Step 3:  Bring your Application Number to your local law enforcement agency for approval and local fee payment.

Step 4:  Your application will be electronically transferred to ISP for final review.  If your application is approved, your permit will be sent to you via U.S. Mail.  If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal. 

The Sheriff's office accepts applications for hand gun license for residents that live outside the city limits, all other citizens must apply at their local Police Department.

Sheriff's Office hours are: 8:30-4:00 Monday-Friday excluding holidays. (Closed 12-1:00 for lunch).

Local fees may be paid by cash or money order, cash must be the exact amount and Money Orders should be made payable to "Montgomery County Sheriff's Office", state fees should be made payable to "State of Indiana".

 Type  Local Fees  State Fee
 Four Year Hunting & Target  $10/$5 Refundable*  $5.00
 4 Year Personal Protection  $10/$5 Refundable*  $30.00
 Lifetime Hunting & Target
 no current license
 $50/$30 Refundable*  $25.00
 Lifetime Hunting & Target
 Current Valid License
 $40/$30 Refundable*  $20.00
 Lifetime Personal Protection
 no current license
 $50/$30 Refundable*  $75.00
 Lifetime Personal Protection
 Current Valid License
 $40/$30 Refundable*  $60.00
 Retired Law Enforcement Officer  Not Provide in Law  Fee Exempt
 Retired Correction Officer  Not Provided in Law  Fee Exempt
 Firearms Dealer  Not Provided in Law  Fee Exempt
 *A portion of the local fee is refundable if a licensed is not issued. The entire state fee is refundable if no  license is issued.

Link for explanation of firearms licensing process:

Link for handgun license application:

Linf for various handgun and permit laws:

Tax Warrants
A tax warrant has been issued for failing to pay state taxes and this information is sent to us from the State of Indiana. If you are going to pay the amount owed, it needs to be paid using cash, a money order or a certified check made payable to the Sheriff of Montgomery County. We will not accept a personal or business check. If you have questions concerning your taxes or disagree with the amount owed, contact the Indiana Department of Revenue at 765-448-6626. If you wish to set up a payment schedule, you need to contact the Sheriff's Clerk, Vanessa Bowling, at 765-362-3740, ext. 216. Payments are accepted in person at the sheriff's office between the hours of 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

If you want to mail your payment, please use the following address:
  Sheriff of Montgomery County
Tax Warrant Division
PO Box 663
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


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