Ohio

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Ohio is relatively unrestrictive for individuals looking to obtain a conceal carry permit. You must be a resident aged 21 and have completed 8 hours of training to meet the qualification criteria.

If you work in Ohio but don’t reside there you can obtain a conceal carry permit and you can also carry a firearm with any valid out-of-state permit, even if there’s no reciprocity agreement with Ohio.

There’s an exemption for military who are posted in Ohio.

Ohio

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 Requirements

APPLICATIONS

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

RENEWALS

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.

NON-RESIDENTS
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.

FEES

Application Conditions Resident in Ohio Original Renewal Temporary
Individual More than 5 years $67 $50 $37
Individual Less 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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How Reciprocity Works in Ohio

Ohio will automatically recognize a valid concealed carry permit from any other state. It is not necessary that there is a reciprocity agreement between the states for the permit to be recognized. The law also gives Ohio the right to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states.

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Ohio Reciprocity Agreements

Currently Ohio has entered into reciprocity agreements with 22 other states. There are 12 states that will not honor an Ohio permit. All the reciprocity agreements can be viewed at the Ohio Attorney Generals website.

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Places 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 as off-limits.

Places Not Allowed

  • 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. 

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Yes
YES – WITHOUT A PERMIT Open carry in Ohio is legal without any license. However, you will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Yes
YES/NO – WITHOUT A PERMIT Without a concealed carry license you may not have a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Motorcycles fall under the definition of motor vehicles. As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be carried in a holster, on the person while in a vehicle. (SB17) As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be in a closed case, bag, box, or other container that is in plain sight and that has a lid, a cover, or a closing mechanism. (SB17) As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be securely encased by being stored in a closed glove compartment or vehicle console, or in a case that is locked. (SB17) The Law 2923.16
Yes
YES It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES Buildings are off limits State/National Forests: YES Buildings are off limits State Wildlife Management Areas: YES Buildings are off limits Road Side Rest Areas: YES
Yes
YES “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. It is illegal too carry a firearm if you have been consuming Alcohol. If you have consumed alcohol you are not allowed the weapon on your person or in a vehicle. You will need a permit to carry a firearm in Class D liquor premises. The Law Sec. 2923.121
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YES 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.
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YES – MUST INFORM OFFICER 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.” The Law Sec. 2923.16

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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

No Weapons Signs Enforced

Yes

Must Notify Officer

Yes
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