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Concealed Carry Guide

Quick Facts

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Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

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Ohio CCW Handgun Licenses


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class of 8 hours
  • Non-Residents: If you live in another state you must be employed in Ohio
  • You must not have had a concealed carry license issued by another state suspended
  • You must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for committing a violation of section 2919.25 of the Revised Code (Domestic violence) or a similar violation in another state
  • You must not be under indictment, be charged with, or convicted of any felony
  • You also must not be under indictment, charged with, or convicted of an offense that involves trafficking in drugs, a misdemeanor offense of violence, or negligent assault.
  • In addition, you must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with a crime that involves the illegal use, sale, possession, administration, distribution, or trafficking of a drug of abuse.
  • You cannot have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent for assaulting a peace officer
  • You must not, within three years of your application, have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with a misdemeanor offense of violence
  • You may not obtain a license if you have been charged with falsification of a concealed handgun license
  • You must not be subject to a civil protection order or a temporary protection order of an Ohio court or a similar protection order issued by another state
  • You must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with two or more assaults or negligent assaults within five years of your application
  • You must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or adjudicated as delinquent in connection with resisting arrest within 10 years of your application. If you are charged with an offense during the application process, the sheriff can suspend your application until your case is resolved
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

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Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 8 hours required.
  2. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Copies of firearms training certificate
    • Passport size color photo, taken within last 30 days
    • A money order or cashiers check for $67
  4. Present these to your local sheriff’s office.
  5. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  6. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

Non-Residents can only apply for a CCW license if they are employed in Ohio


To renew a CCW license you must have the following items:

  • Application can be submitted no sooner than 90 days prior to the expiration of your current CCW license or anytime after the expiration of your current CCW license.
  • Renewal applications are made on the new application form, tick the renewal box.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age, be a legal resident of the United States, be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam or Van Wert County for 30 days prior to filing your renewal application.
  • Application fee, no Credit or Debit Cards will not be accepted. This fee is non-refundable, even if you stop the application process for any reason.
  • You must have your completed application. Do not sign the application until you present it to the office. You will sign it there in the presence of the Sheriff’s Office Notary.
  • You must have a valid original license.
  • If you were found at one time to be mentally incompetent, or were involuntarily hospitalized or institutionalized for other than observation, you must have a certificate of remission.
  • You must have your fingerprints electronically scanned through the WebCheck system, or a 10 print fingerprint card if WebCheck is unavailable.
  • You must also provide a valid picture identification card (driver’s license, state identification card, retired law enforcement or corrections identification card or military identification card only).
  • If your license has expired, you are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon until you receive your renewal license from the Sheriff.

To renew your license you must still be employed in Ohio.
If you are no longer employed in Ohio then your CCW license is valid until the expiry date.


Application ConditionsResident in OhioOriginalRenewalTemporary
More than 5 years$67$50$37
IndividualLess than 5 years$91$74$61

Replacement: $15
Photo: $5

Accepted Forms Of Payment
Money order, Cashier’s check, Certified bank check


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Ohio gun laws allow residents of the state aged 21 and older to obtain a concealed firearms permit. They must have completed 6 hours of firearms training and meet other criteria to qualify. Non-residents can obtain a permit if they work in Ohio and they can also carry a firearm on any valid out-of-state permit, whether or not there is a reciprocity agreement with Ohio. Exemptions are made for military personnel who are posted in Ohio. Open carry is legal without a permit but not in vehicles.

CCW Reciprocity Map


CCW license recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Only if issued after 3/22/15
  • Issuing state

State Reciprocity List

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington D.C.

Pointers: Ohio Gun Laws

Where Can I Conceal Carry?

Places CCW Carry is Off-Limits

  • Police stations
  • Sheriffs’ offices
  • Highway Patrol posts
  • Premises controlled by BCI
  • Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
  • Airports secure areas
  • Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons
  • Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
  • Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle
  • Colleges can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
  • Government Bodies can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
  • Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise
  • Child Day-Care Centers (Only If Posted)
  • Schools, but OK if locked in vehicle on school premises
  • Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places CCW Carry is Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • Airports non secure area
  • Day-care centers unless the day-care center has posted a “no-guns” sign
  • School premises if locked in a motor vehicle
  • Private aircraft
  • Business entities, property owners or public or private employers cannot ban anyone who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person’s privately-owned motor vehicle on company property
  • All areas of the state – except those listed above

Details on Ohio Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the County Sheriff in the applicants county of residence.
45 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
“YES” – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
Ohio gun laws say – If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, he shall promptly inform the law enforcement officer that he is carrying a concealed handgun. If in a vehicle, the licensee shall remain in the vehicle and keep his hands in plain sight at all times and have no contact with the firearm.
Ohio gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
Without a permit/license you may not have a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Motorcycles fall under the definition of motor vehicles. You can still carry a gun in the vehicle if it is unloaded and carried in a closed box, trunk or in plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose.
A concealed handgun license holder may transport a loaded, concealed handgun in a motor vehicle.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carry in Ohio is legal without any permit/license. You will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Get in Touch



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Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 410 South High St.

CityColumbus, Ohio 43215

Phone (614) 525-5090

Email [email protected]

Updates & Data

10/12/17Updated Ohio page, added new sections to statistics page
10/5/17Added video section to Florida page
10/3/17Updated Nevada page
10/2/17Updated Georgia page
9/30/17Updated Texas page
9/30/17Entered new figures for latest 2017 NICS checks on Statistics page
9/29/17Updated Pennsylvania page
9/26/17Updated Florida page, added new links, forms and sections
7/22/17updated permit numbers to latest figures
6/29/17Updated permit numbers to 14,917,279
6/17/17updated interface, added new travel info and other sections.
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