STEPS TO GET AN
OHIO CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE
FIRST, DECIDE WHY YOU WANT THE CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE.
There are many good reasons to carry a concealed handgun. Perhaps you want to be armed at all times because you’ve decided that’s your safest course. Perhaps you want to be able to keep a loaded handgun in the center console of your car when you’re traveling. It might be that you believe that 8 hours of training would make you more competent to handle your home defense gun. Perhaps you’re undecided on whether to carry concealed and you believe the training may help your decision. The reasons for obtaining the license are varied and often personal. In addition, you may want to discuss your license with a significant other.
HERE’S HOW TO DO IT
Go to the Ohio Adjutant General’s (AG’s) page
Go to the Ohio Adjutant General’s (AG’s) page to review the things that may disqualify you from obtaining a concealed handgun license. Once there, pull and read the application. (The booklet and application are also embedded at the top of this page.) You’ll know if you might have a problem by reading the application. GunIQ has provided a list of useful links relating to CCW here, including the AG’s page that has the application (page 29). The vast majority of people will qualify for the CCW license. If you think you may not, you might want to contact a lawyer who will help you rehabilitate your eligibility. For example, some disqualifying criminal charges may be expunged. We can recommend someone to help you remove many disqualifying events on your record.
Schedule your CCW training
Schedule your CCW training with an NRA or an OPOTA instructor. A few people may be exempted from the training. The AG’s booklet mentioned in #1. above will list those who don’t have to take the course. If you would like to see a list of those offering CCW training in your county, go to Buckeye Firearms. The training will generally consist of:
- Six hours of classroom training
- Two hours of range training
- A written evaluation (test)
- A display of firearms competency (on the range).
These first four bullet points are required
- And the best courses will review the law with you, including transporting firearms, self defense law, the Castle Doctrine, forbidden carry zones, law enforcement officer stop requirements, and more
The training should be focused on improving your marksmanship and safety skills in addition to meeting Ohio’s minimum CCW standards. The training should offer a lot of hands on training, even during the classroom portion. GunIQ offers the CCW course along with other firearms courses. At the end of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Training and Competency signed by an NRA or OPOTA instructor.
Make an appointment with your Sheriff
Make an appointment with your Sheriff to schedule your visit to obtain the license. We recommend making this appointment as soon as you’ve decided to get the license. Make the appointment for a date after your training class. Some counties have walk-in appointments. Some require you to make an appointment online. We cover this information in our classes. You may also go to our page that provides the links for the Northeast Ohio Sheriffs.
Take the paperwork to your Sheriff’s appointment
Take the following to your Sheriff’s appointment. (Generally, a clerk will handle the appointment. For example, in Cuyahoga County, one of the windows at the Snow Road (Parma) BMV, is dedicated to CCW licenses.)
- Current Application
- Original Training Certificate and one photo copy of that certificate. They’ll look at the original and keep the copy. (This comes from your training class)
- Driver’s License or State of Ohio issued Identification Card
- Current “Ohio’s Concealed Carry Law” book – we can provide one if you do not have it. (It’s the booklet that is in front of the application online. Click on the Current Application Link above.)
- One Color “Passport-sized” (2”x2”) Photo – taken within the last 30 days. This will not be the photo on the license. The Sheriffs, or at least those we’re familiar with, take their own photos.
- Fees vary based on facts. For example if you have lived in Ohio for at least five years, the license application is $67. Less than five years is $91.
- Make sure you check the Sheriff’s website to see how the payment must be made. Some counties take all forms of payment, while some, like Cuyahoga, require a money order or bank check.
Now sit back for a short wait
Some counties get back to you immediately, some in 2 or 3 days, and others in a few weeks. All must get back to you by law within 45 days.