Concealed Carry Weapon

NEW CHANGES IN THE CCW LAW EFFECTIVE MARCH 14TH, 2007

Carrying a concealed handgun is a privilege in Ohio, and with this privilege comes a responsibility to be aware, not only of the common sense rules of safe firearm handling, but the laws that affect how, when and where you can carry your firearm, and how to properly use the handgun to defend yourself or another person.

I want to know more about the Concealed Carry Weapon's Law.

What do I need to do to RECEIVE a Concealed Carry Weapon's License?

You must be at least 21 years of age,  Applicant must first obtain 12 (twelve) hours of weapons proficiency class as required by law. You may check with local sporting goods store, gun clubs, etc for instructors; make sure the instructors who offer the class have a certificate of training from the NRA or OPOTA, ask to see their credentials. 

CCW Processing hours are Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am - 3:45pm.

Applicant must have the following 3 (three) items for processing. 

  1. Completed application 

  2. Training certificate, the original is valid for 3 years 

  3. Current colored photograph 2"x2" stapled on the application, photo must be taken within the last 30 days, if you do not have a photo available our Office may provide  one for an additional $5.00 fee. 

Upon arrival, the application and method of payment will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. If applicant has been a resident in Ohio for five or more years an initial application fee of $67.00 will be applied. If applicant been a resident in Ohio for less than five years, an initial application fee of $83.25 will be applied.  We will accept cash (exact amount), credit/debit cards or money orders. 

A background check will be conducted on all applicants. This will include but not limited to an electronic fingerprint scan, local record check, mental competency and juvenile record check; upon completing your background investigation our office will notify you by phone of your approval or denial. Our office is taking approximately 45 days from the day your application is processed (due to the new Senate Bill #337 the background checks done by BCI&I are taking longer to process, but we are trying to stay within the allotted time period). Concealed permit is now valid for 5 years.

What do I need to do to RENEW my Concealed Carry Weapon's License?

If applicant has been a resident in Ohio for five or more years a renewal application fee of $50.00 will be applied. If applicant has not been a resident in Ohio for less than five years, a renewal application fee of $61.25 will be applied.