The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the service of all Civil
Processes within New Hanover County. These processes include
Magistrate Summons, Civil Summons, Domestic Violence Orders, Claim and
Deliveries, Writs for Possession (real and personal property), Civil
Orders for Arrest, Juvenile Summons, Tax Warrants, Attachments, Writs of
Executions (enforcement of money judgments), and Child Custody Orders.
Unit includes 16 full-time Deputies,
7 Reserved Deputies (part-time), 9 full-time civilians, and 6 part time
service of civil process is
divided into service districts and specialized assignments.
Two deputies serve Writs of Possession, Orders of Attachment,
Claim and Deliveries, and Writs of Execution. Each of these types of
civil process requires specific action by the Office of
the Sheriff. The purpose of this action is to recover money or
property for the prevailing party
in a civil case.
The Sheriff’s Office places special
emphasis on the prompt service of Domestic Violence Orders. Last
year the Civil Unit served 884 orders of this nature. The issuance and
enforcement of these orders is one way the court system combats the
chain of violence.
NEEDED TO EXPEDITE THE SERVICE OF YOUR CASE:
information you have regarding the person to be served will be helpful.
Information sheets are provided at the Civil Office or may be
downloaded by clicking on the following:
Click here to download Civil Information Sheet
The Fees for Civil Process:
individual or corporation in an
action initiated in NC)
individual or corporation in an
action initiated outside
Money Orders, or Cashiers' Check are accepted. Personal Checks are
Orders and Checks should be made payable to:
Our mailing address is:
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
300 Princess Street, Room
You must obtain a Magistrate Summons / Complaint In Summary Ejectment
from the Clerk Of Court
Clerk Of Court is required to set the court date for Summary
Ejectments within seven days of the date of issuance.
The summons is then brought to the Sheriff’s Office for service.
order for the Sheriff’s Office to remove a tenant, a Writ of
Possession for Real Property is necessary.
Sgt. T. Baker Office
Hours: Monday- Friday (8AM To 5PM)
Number (910) 798-4200
Sheriff’s Office Civil Desk is responsible for greeting the public and
providing information. In
addition, the Front Desk aids in the service of warrants, criminal
summons, domestic violence orders, and civil process. Another function of
the Civil Desk is taking reports and providing copies to the public.
The Unit also provides applications for Pistol Purchase. Additionally,
the Pistol Purchase Application is located under “NHSO FORMS” on the
lower left column of the Sheriff’s webpage.
FINGERPRINTING FOR JOB
LICENSURE/CHILD CARE SERVICES/HEALTH
CARE PROFESSIONAL: (PLEASE ADD).
FINGERPRINTING FOR JOB APPLICANTS/PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE/CHILD CARE
SERVICES/HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL ARE TAKEN on Monday-Friday
Hours: Monday- Friday (8 AM to 5 PM)
Number (910) 798-4200
Unit consists of 5 full time employees
and 6 part time employees. Each is certified by the North
Carolina Bureau of Investigations to perform their job. The Records Management
Unit is responsible for data entry for the Sheriff’s
incident/investigation reports. These
reports include felony and misdemeanors, property crimes, domestic
violence, juvenile cases, citations, and arrests. Sheriff’s Office reports are
made available pursuant to
North Carolina Public Records
law on Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. From these reports,
certain information, such as wanted / missing persons or stolen property
may be entered into a national database. This
database aids all law enforcement agencies in the arrest and prosecution
of offenders and recovery of property. Other duties of
the Unit include compiling crime statistics for local and national
analysis, and processing Concealed Carry and Pistol Purchase, to include
Pistol Purchase Permit Information
The section also provides
Concealed Carry Permit Information.
Applications must be typed or printed and notarized. The Sheriff’s
Office accepts these applications on Monday-Friday 8:30-3:30pm.
Pistol Permit applications are completed
online, or you can come into the Sheriff's Office to complete it online
NHSO Pistol Purchase and Carry Concealed Forms
Carry Permit Information
must be typed or printed and notarized. The Sheriff’s Office accepts
these applications on
Carry fees are cash only and nonrefundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where do I get an application?
A. You obtain the application at the
Civil Desk of
the Sheriff’s Office.
(300 Princess Street
Do I have to be a resident of
A. Yes, you apply in the county in which you
Are there other requirements?
A. Yes, the applicant must have acceptable photo
identification and have completed
an approved Concealed Carry Safety and Training Course. The original
certificate of completion from this course must be submitted with the
application. The applicant
must also undergo a background check.
Q. Where can I attend the safety and training
A. Classes are offered through the community
college system and gun clubs.
For Cape Fear Community College call (910) 362-7189.
Where can I find out more information about Concealed Carry Permits?
A. You may contact the Sheriff’s Office
Desk or obtain information through
the following links: