Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Information

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Concealed Permit:
Shall Issue to Residents Only

Example Ohio Permit:

Ohio Concealed Weapon Permit

Ohio Concealed Weapon Permit Back

Issuing Authority:
Application to carry a concealed handgun is made to the local sheriff on a form prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.

Out Of State Permit Issue:
No, individuals must be Ohio residents for 45 days before application and at least 21 years of age.

NICS check:
Only if you have not lived in Ohio for the previous 5 years.


New and Renewal: The license fee is $55.00. An Additional $24.00 is required if an FBI record check is necessary. Duplicates are $15.00.

1. 21 Years Of Age
2. Ohio residents for 45 days
3. Resident of the issuing county (or an adjacent county) for 30 days
4. Completed Application
5. Color photograph taken within the last 30 days
6. Set of fingerprints
7. Certification of competency with a firearm

Renewal Information:
You may renew your license 90 days prior to expiration and 30 days after expiration. You have a grace period of thirty days after the license expires during which your license remains valid. If your initial required competency training is over six (6) years old then you must take another one and pass it.

You must complete the CCW application. A set of fingerprints will either be rolled or scanned. Your photograph will be taken. The renewal fee will be collected or a waiver will be noted. The certificate of competency (less than six years old) or the renewal competency certificate must be presented to the Sheriff.

Informing Law Enforcement of Carry:
If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and if the person is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, the person shall inform the law enforcement ofcer that the person is carrying a concealed handgun, keep his or her hands in plain sight at all times and not touch the concealed handgun, unless in accordance with directions given by any law enforcement ofcer. Violating this section of law is a first degree misdemeanor, and in addition to any other penalty handed down by a court, shall result in the suspension of the person’s concealed handgun license for one year.

So far, the Ohio Supreme Court has not defned the term “plain sight” precisely in the context of carrying a concealed handgun. However, in other contexts, courts have generally held that the term “plain sight” is a common sense term that means clearly visible or unobstructed. Plain sight applies to your hands and other objects.

If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and if the person is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, the person shall not have or attempt to have any contact with the handgun, unless in accordance with directions given by a law enforcement ofcer. Violating this law is a felony.

If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and if the person is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, the person shall not knowingly disregard or fail to comply with any lawful order given by any law enforcement ofcer.

Violating this law is a first degree misdemeanor and may result in the suspension of the person’s concealed handgun license for two years. However, if at the time of the stop the law enforcement ofcer or an employee of a motor carrier enforcement unit who made the stop had actual knowledge that the licensee has had a CCW license, then the person’s CCW license shall not be suspended for a violation of 2923.16 (E) (3). The CCW licensee’s violation will be considered a minor misdemeanor.

If the CCW licensee surrenders the firearm, then the following applies:
• If the firearm is not returned at the completion of the stop, the
law enforcement ofcer is required to return the firearm in “ the condition it was in when it was seized.”
• If a court orders the firearm’s return and the firearm has not been
returned to the licensee, the CCW licensee can claim reasonable costs and attorney fees for the loss and the cost of claiming the firearm.

If you are planning on carrying a concealed handgun while driving:Have your concealed carry license and another piece of valid government identifcation in your possession.

Make sure the handgun is:
• In a holster secured on your person, or
• In a closed case, bag, box, or other container that is in
plain sight and has a closing mechanism such as a zipper, snap or buckle, or
• Securely encased by being stored in a closed, glove compartment or vehicle console, or
• Locked in a case.

If you are pulled over and you are carrying a concealed handgun remember the following:
• Before the ofcer approaches, roll down your window and place
your hands in plain view on the steering wheel.
• Calmly tell the ofcer that you have a license to carry a concealed
handgun and that you have a handgun with you. Ask if the ofcer has particular instructions concerning the handgun.
• Do not touch or attempt to touch your handgun unless specifcally
told to by the ofcer.
• Do not exit your vehicle unless specifcally told to by the ofcer.• Comply with all lawful orders given by the ofcer.

If you are a licensee and are not carrying a concealed handgun, this section does not apply to you.

In addition to the concealed carry prohibitions detailed above, Ohio has strict laws concerning frearms in a vehicle. If you DO NOT have a concealed handgun license, you may not transport a loaded handgun in any manner where it is accessible to anyone inside the vehicle without leaving the vehicle. If you DO NOT have a license, you may not transport a frearm in a vehicle unless it is unloaded and carried in one of the following ways:v
• In a closed package, box or case;
• In a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle;
• In plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for that purpose; or
• If it is a frearm at least twenty four inches in overall length and if
the barrel is at least eighteen inches in length in plain sight with the action open or the handgun stripped, or if the frearm is of a type in which the action will not stay open or cannot easily be stripped, in plain sight.

Statutory Reference (s) R.C. 2923.16 (E) governs how licensees may transport loaded concealed handguns in motor vehicles.R.C. 2923.16 (B) – (C) governs how frearms must be otherwise transported in a vehicle

Automobile carry:
The transportation of loaded, concealed handguns in motor vehicles is permitted, but strict obligations are imposed by the law to protect you and law enforcement. These obligations apply to drivers and occupants. These obligations do not apply if you are storing a firearm for any lawful purpose and it is not on your person or you are lawfully storing or possessing a firearm in your home. You may not have a loaded handgun in the vehicle if you are under the infuence of drugs or alcohol. If you have a concealed carry permit, you may not transport a loaded, concealed handgun in a vehicle unless it is carried in one of the following ways:

• The loaded handgun is in a holster secured on the person. Ohio law previously required carrying firearms in a holster in plain sight. The“plain sight” provision has been removed from the law.
• The loaded handgun is 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 with a zipper, snap, or buckle, which lid, cover or closing mechanism must be opened for a person to gain access to the handgun, or
• The loaded handgun is securely encased by being stored in a closed, glove compartment or console, or in a case that is locked.

Motorcycles fall under the defnition of motor vehicles. Thus, the same requirements apply to licensees who carry a handgun while on a motorcycle.

Places off-limits when carrying:

The law sets forth several places where your license does not allow
you to carry a handgun. Under the law, you may not carry a concealed
handgun into the following places:
• Police stations
• Sheriffs’ offices
• Highway Patrol posts.
• Premises controlled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification
and Investigation.
• Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
• Airport terminals or commercial airplanes.
• Institutions for the care of mentally ill persons.
• Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located.
• Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle or in the process of
being locked in a motor vehicle.
• Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise.
• Child day-care centers.
• Licensed D-Liquor Permit premises in which any person is consuming
Concealed firearms are banned in premises for which a D permit
has been issued or in an open air arena for which a permit
of that nature has been issued. There are some exceptions to this
prohibition. The prohibition does not apply to principal holder
of D permit as long as principal holder is not consuming liquor.
The prohibition does not apply to an agent or employee of the
principal holder who is also a peace officer who is also off duty.
Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with
a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as concealed carry license holder is
not consuming liquor. Class D permits are generally issued to an
establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.
In any event, be certain of the type of permit and whether liquor is
being consumed before you enter with a concealed handgun.
• Government facilities that are not used primarilys a shelter,
restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility and
is not a courthouse or a building or structure in which a courtroom
is located.
• School safety zones.
A “school safety zone” includes a school, school building, school
premises, school activity, and school bus. For purposes of this statute,
a school includes everything up to the property boundary.
The law generally forbids the carrying of a handgun in a school
safety zone unless all of the following apply:
• You do not enter a school building, premises or activity;
• You have a concealed carry license or temporary emergency
license; and
• You are not otherwise in one of the forbidden places listed
above and detailed in R.C. 2923.126 (B); or
• You are a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle immediately
in the process of picking up or dropping off a child, and you
are not otherwise in violation of the laws governing transportation
of firearms in motor vehicles.

Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:
Ohio is a Castle Doctrine state and but does not have a stand-your-ground law.


Open Carry:
Unrestricted under state law.

Localities with Varying Laws:

Forms & Links:
NRA-ILA: Ohio Laws
Ohio Attorney General: Concealed Carry
Application for a Temporary License
Application for a Standard License
Application for a License Renewal

We try to keep the information on this page as up to date as possible but due to changing laws it is your responsibility to verify all information. The information on this page is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this Web site, emails or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between i156 LLC and the user or browser. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of i156 LLC.

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  • Anny

    Do ohio state laws Allow an out of state permit holder (from Indiana) carry in their state?

    • Craftiestwolf

      You have to abide by each states laws accordingly when you a carrying a gun in them. Therefore you need to know each states own laws when you are in those states because they may vary.

      • Craftiestwolf

        Click on that state in the picture above and the map will change accordingly and will answer your question Anny.

    • colt 45

      no but if you call your law makers it may change.

  • Robert J

    In regards to a CCW in Ohio:  Does the CCW permit a valid license-holder of said CCW to carry a firearm *visibly*, or, must the firearm be concealed (e.g., under a shirt, in a waistband)? 

    • Timetripper1

      You are allowed to carry visibly but it is ill-advised as the general public will most certainly call 911, you will deal with the police.  As soon as that is over, the you go down the street with the gun showing visibly, the same thing will happen all over again.  Technically it is allowed, but not practical.  Also, if anyone (disgruntled neighbor, road rager) claims it was “brandished”, then you go straight to jail, no questions asked.

  • Aztec

    Are you allowed to have a  CCW permit if you have been convicted  of a DUI in the past 20 years????

    • tazz457


  • Garettlee

    I am not sure I understand the diagram, if you are permitted in Ohio, can you carry in Pennsylvania?

  • Wallace_bnks

    I live in Indiana N I don’t understand why I can’t carry my weapon in Ohio but those with a CCW from Ohio can carry in Indiana. I feel like if you are cleared from your state you should be able to carry in any state that has that CCW.

    • Kevinbalbier

      indiana laws on obtaining a ccw permit requirements are not as strict as ohio’s guidelines.  we have to go through a mandatory class, rangetime, and a background check before even being considered for a ccw permit. Not going down to your local bmv and requesting one.

      • Redneck1966

        We are check out by indiana state police not the bmv smart as
        It all a out the money for Ohio when comes down to it

        • SeverinR

          Indiana doesn’t require range time or classes, Ohio does.
          My first gun permit was in Indiana. Just a background check with finger prints, no proof I ever held a firearm in my life. (granted that was 25 yrs ago, so something might have changed.)

  • Guest

    Didn’t Ohio’s laws recently change in an automobile?  You don’t have to have it on the person’s person anymore and it doesn’t have to be a locked glovebox etc.

    • Guest

      I believe so. I think it was also passed that you can carry into an establish that serves alcohol as long as you are not consuming alcohol and the establishment doesn’t restrict firearms. 

  • Anonymous

    I was just wondering how long my ccw certificate was good for. I took the test and never got my backround check. Someone told me seven years but Im not sure,do i have to take h

    • H8Bogez

      The certificate is good for 3 years. The license is then good for 5 years.

  • Anonymous

    the test over again can someone let me knw.

  • Tmiracle

    we have a employe who comes to work in a resturant with her gun in her purse as the onwer is she allowed to bring this in my resturant with her

    • Larry

      As an owner you may set forth rules in your policy banning firearms. Keep in mind if she has a permit to carry it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to have that peace in mind knowing you have a firearm there to protect you if need be. I have seen an investigation where employees were slaughtered before closing my multiple men with knives. It might have been different with a gun on an employee.

    • URSilly

      You don not have to allow guns onto YOUR private property.

  • S_Johnson_78

    can I carry in florida if I’m going to be in florida for an extented time?

  • Dyno Dan

    Ohio does NOT have a stand your ground law per say.
    Ohio allows for defense inside your home and car, but says you have a duty to retreat or avoid using a firearm outside “in the public”.
    Also, if you do use your firearm in the public for defense, YOU have the burden of proof – to prove your only choice was to use your firearm in defense.

    Trust me, the LAST thing I want to do is shoot/kill someone. But if they are threatening me, my family, my property, or another person I should be allowed to diffuse the situation.
    And OF COURSE, the FIRST thing I will do if possible is call the police.
    I’d much rather them take care of the situation.

    • loboohio

      Ohio most certainly does have a “stand your ground” law.  It is also a Castle Doctrine state.

      • Rick Troha

        There is no “Stand Your Ground” law in Ohio. If you think there is, provide us with the relevant Ohio Revised Code reference.

        • Rhino

          ORC 2901.09, but it only applies to your home and your vehicle or the vehicle of a family member. Presumably Dyno Dan wishes it applied in all locations. I wish it did too.

    • Larry

      You may not use deadly force to protect property. That’s a quick way to go to prison. Look up the ORC and read the laws. You do have the castle doc. You may use deadly force if someone invades your home or uses force to gain entry into an occupied motor vehicle. Force can be a simple as a tug on the Door handle. Use of a firearm to deter a crime or to defuse a situation will not benefit you in anyway. One you may be charged with inducing panic, good luck fighting your case in court. Two every action has a reaction. The action of drawing a deadly weapons, regardless of your intentions will result in a reaction of the “suspect” and you will most certainly have no choice at that “reaction” but to use deadly force. I am pro guns, but people do not understand that once a firearm is brought into the equation it will only end bad. CCW purpose is to give law abiding citizens an upper hand when there “life” is in the balance. You do have the duty to retreat for that purpose. It was set in place so people do not run around waving guns at every threat against your life. I am a security guard and law enforcement officer and I recieve threats everyday in the hood. The duty to retreat is set in place to only protect you from criminal and civil liabilities. As for defense of another you do not know look up case laws involving CCW permit holders defending another and killing who appeared to be a man with a gun. Only to later find out that the man with the gun was an undercover officer. Just know the situation before getting involved.

      • Phillip

        Per the Castle Doctrine “You do not have a responsibility to retreat”. I am not a law enforcement officer or security guard however, I am an Armed Forces Member Retired and do know the proper use of deadly force, how and why it is applied. A law enforcement officer will not be shooting at everyone. If it is illegal to leave a stranded boater on the water, it is permissible for it to be illegal to have a weapon and not use it in defense of human life. Please do not use your experience to create fear, use it to educate and inform. It is important to know the law and train, train, train while hoping you never have to draw a weapon to defend yourself and human life around you,

        • DBird

          Uhm, Phillip- use of deadly force ROE does NOT apply to ccw holders. and Castle Doctrine applies to one’s own HOME!!
          What Larry said is important. If you’re a CCW holder, and you see a man pointing a gun at another in an alley way, you should NOT go charging in with a gun. What if he (gunholder) was being mugged and drew the gun to protect himself? if you charge in with a gun, he might shoot you out of self defense, thinking you’re ANOTHER mugger.

          NEVER pull your gun unless you understand the situation. Be smart, look, figure out what is going on, and then try to intervene if necessary, gun or no.

          (also, there is NO WAY it’d be illegal to have a weapon and not step in to defend someone else’s life. No one is EVER required to do that unless it is their JOB!! plus, if someone was holding a gun to my head, and random joe schmo had a CCW, I’d prefer he let me handle the situation, to be honest.

  • Why isn’t a Ohio Permit excepted in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas?

    • mathius

      If you get a non resident permit in PA you permit is good in PA, TX, and GA

  • Dwainbirtcher

    I got my firearm certificate from Virg
    inia, do I still have to take class in Ohio to get their permit !

    • Paul Gianni

      No, you do not. According to the Ohio Attorney General’s website, Ohio and Virginia have a reciprocity agreement meaning that the two states will recognize a permit from the other.

    • Jan Kever

      As stated above, in the information posted, you must be a resident of Ohio for 45 days to get an Ohio permit and live in your county of Ohio for 30 days. Ohio does not issue permits for out-of-state citizens.However, they do honor the permits issued by Virginia.

      • Dr Anon

        You are what is wrong with Ohio. I loved the good conservative people there. We all had concerns about the f*gs in places like Columbus and Cleveland.

  • Joshhughes23

    If you have a ccw can you carry inside stores like walmart meijer target places like that?

    • That guy

      Funny you say that. I carried in walmart last month and an employee asked if I had a firearm on me. (I open carry) and I told him yes. He advised me I was not allowed to carry in walmart. I told him to check his doors because I didn’t see a post. Cops were called and as I walked out the police walk in with report in hand. I say yes, clearly they were ready to cite me…

      • URSilly

        Anytime on private property, if you are asked to leave and you don’t, it’s trespassing…packing a gun or not. Don’t be stupid thinking you have such rights on private property…it’s no different than someone being in your house.

    • URSilly

      As long as “no guns” or the like is not posted at the entrance and they don’t ask you to leave.

  • zar

    Several places above state that the weapon has to be “holstered” while in the car. Does this mean that I can’t carry it in my jacket or pants pocket?

  • J.A. Akers

    Had a ccw for ohio-moved to tn changed it over to tn ccw-moved back to ohio can I get an ohio renewal ccw by paying the 15 dollars and is my ohio ccw still valid

  • Litz1

    I have a PA permit to carry… I know that Ohio does not accept PA permits, but if I do have my gun on me, what are the regulations to keep it in the vehicle and not on my person. I heard as long as the gun is unloaded and in a case with a zipper, button or closure and the ammo is separated from the gun either in the back seat or in the trunk. Can anyone help to where I can find this info?

    • Chris

      Ohio law states that if you do not have a CHL or reciprocity CHL then the gun AND magazines must be unloaded and out of reach (generally trunk) for automobile transportation.

      • URSilly

        Not true. The unloaded gun must be in a closed box or case ANYWHERE in the car that is accessible from inside the car but there should be NO LOADED speed loaders or magazines for any gun in the vehicle as you indicate. The part about the “trunk” is true if you have no closed box or case to put the gun into…then place it in an inaccessible from inside the car compartment. For example, If you have an unloaded AR15 in the car, in a closed (doesn’t require locked) box or case, and a loaded AK47 magazine…no problem. You can drive down the road with an unloaded pistol in a closed case sitting on your lap, an unloaded mag for it on the passenger seat and loose ammo in the center console and YES, you are in compliance, according to the law.

  • birddog12

    Why does the map above indicate that if you’re from Indiana you can carry in Ohio??? I was told just the other,that my permit DOES NOT allow me to carry in Ohio???????

  • ron427

    If you take a on line course for a non resident permit for the state of Virginia, is this legal to carry in Ohio

    • Tom


      • comingbackdown

        ^ What he said. There was some assclown in my town offering a “Four hour Ohio legal CCW”. Turns out he was getting people some place’s non-resident permit. He got reported to the county sheriff, and it’s only by the grace of God that he’s not doing time for it. They had him shut down before he could blink. Can’t cut corners.

  • GrandstaffH

    I have a felony 4 right now, in 2014 my felony is eligible to be “expunged” once I get it “expunged” will I get my right to get a permit to carry back? I don’t want to waste the money to apply without checking into it first.

    • Larry

      That is a good question to ask your county sheriff not online.

  • Ron Marshall

    Ohio is a HISTORICALLY open carry state but I wouldn’t advise it because it isn’t socially acceptable and police really get p****d off when they get a “man with a gun” call. In Toledo, police go ballistic if you open carry !

    • URSilly

      Fuck them, LEO’s should not be on the force if they cannot accept citizens exercising their constitutional rights. It is a form of tyranny by intimidating (being pissed off at) a person open carrying according to the law.

      • comingbackdown

        You see, it’s not necessarily that they don’t accept open carry. The majority of them know it’s legal and they can’t make you conceal an open carried weapon. However, I CAN understand why they’d be pissed at having to respond to an “Ermahgerd, there’s a guy with a gun on his hip! Gunz r bad, lol!” call. They have no choice but to respond, and they’re wasting their time, your time, and our tax dollars by responding to somebody who chooses to open carry because “It’s legal and if you don’t like it then f*ck you sideways with a dump truck!”. Is it your fault? No, it’s the moron who sees a gun on someone’s hip and automatically goes batshit because they have no testes. That’s stupid, and the ignorance of the masses bothers me to no end. Still doesn’t mean it’s a great idea though.

        Also: If you think that “being pissed off at” qualifies as intimidating, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  • rachaela53

    can you use your ccw’s for an ID in Ohio

  • bod [aka] big boy

    how long dose it take to get my perment back i sent all myinfo. jan 2 2013 have heard a word

    • CB

      Mine took about 3 weeks, but I applied right before Christmas, so I’m guessing the holidays had something to do with it. Plus, the girl that took my application said they had been swamped lately. This was Union county.

    • Kodak43351

      Mine took 3 weeks in Wyandot county I applied feb 4 th and got it on 25th I do have a menacing conviction from a few years ago though so I knew it would take a while

  • Jax21

    if you had a misdameanor drug paraphinalia and mis drug possesion in ohio 10yrs ago can you get a ccw

  • Mustangbarbie1

    I read that we are not bound to renew with the sheriff’s office that issued my current license. Is this true? I definately would like to renew at a friendlier office.

    • Rick Troha

      Yes, any sheriff in an adjacent county can renew your license. I just did that two months ago.

  • confused

    I have a misdemeanor drug offense in Ohio from when I was 18 when I turn 21 will I be able to apply for a ccw? And get one?

    • Rick Troha

      I think you need to get that conviction sealed before you can qualify.

  • Ahny

    I live in Indiana and just completed the Ohio ccw course. We live 10 minutes from the Ohio state line. Can I get a license in Ohio since I completed the course for an Ohio permit?

    • Rick Troha

      No, Ohio only issues licenses to Ohio residents.

    • URSilly

      Must be a resident for a minimum 45 days.

  • james weaver

    The law in Ohio has changed regarding D Permits. Please revise your section of this page. The law now states for Ohio…

    Licensed Class D liquor permit premises if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence. If you are not consuming, you may carry unless there is a conspicuous sign prohibiting carry.

  • Bill Leonard

    I have a Texas CCW but spend 3 to 4 months a year in Ohio. No way I can carry in Ohio. I have taken Ohio training and had CCW when I lived there.

    • URSilly

      You need only reside for 45 days in Ohio to get your Ohio CCW. Take the required training upon arrival and apply on your 45th day there. You might get it completed before you depart.

  • Yep Sure Does

    read the bottom line of the story…it says…Deadly Force / Castle Doctrine:Ohio is a Castle Doctrine state and has a stand-your-ground law.

  • bassjones

    I’m in Indiana and Ohio doesn’t honor our permits. They do honor Utah permits. Do they honor non-resident Utah permits? I am a musician and DeeJay and often work in Ohio late at night while carrying significant amounts of cash and expensive music equipment. My wife’s family all live in Ohio as well and I’d like to be able to carry while there.

    • Paul Gianni

      Interestingly, according to a card last updated in March and printed by Buckeye Firearms Association that my sheriff gave me when I picked up my license, Indian an Ohio DO HAVE a reciprocity agreement BUT, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s website (unknown update), Indiana and Ohio DO NOT have an agreement. For the most current information, I recommend you call somebody from your state AG’s office to find out for sure.

      • bassjones

        Indiana honors Ohio’s, but Ohio doesn’t honor Indiana’s. Indiana honors everybody else’s. the reason Ohio doesn’t honor Indiana’s is because Indiana doesn’t have a training requirement.

        • Paul Gianni

          I posted a question on the Ohio AG website regarding that matter on Saturday night and a representative called me around 6 to confirm what you just said. Thank you. 🙂

  • bassjones

    Indiana recognizes all other States permits/licenses, but you have to abide by the terms of your permit. ie, even though Indiana is an open carry state (our license is carry only and does not specify open or concealed), if your state is conceal only, you can not legally carry open in Indiana, though it is highly unlikely you’d be stopped and questioned other than in Indy, parts of Fort Wayne or the Chicago burbs.

  • OhioCCW

    This site is out of date; Ohio no longer prohibits carry in class D liquor establishments. Also the carrying of a firearm in a car with a CCW has changed.

  • Dani

    I live in Ohio but am visiting family in Florida. Can I take the concealed weapons course in Florida and file for the permit in Ohio?

    • Brad Cassagne

      I know in Mississippi the instructor has to be approved by the state, so probably not. But maybe Ohio is different. I know most of the courses in MS are standard NRA courses so they should be the same anywhere.

  • Brad Cassagne

    Can anyone clarify the laws for carrying in an automobile without a permit. I have a CCW from MS, which is not valid in Ohio. I drive an SUV so technically the entire thing is accessible without leaving the vehicle, but not while I’m driving obviously. If the guns are unloaded and locked up in the back of the vehicle, is this sufficient or would this be a grey area?

    • Golden Eagle

      Unloaded anywhere in your vehicle and in:

      “A package, box, or case with multiple compartments, as long as the loaded magazine or speed loader and the firearm in question either are in separate compartments within the package, box, or case, or, if they are in the same compartment, the magazine or speed loader is contained within a separate enclosure in that compartment that does not contain the firearm and that closes using a snap, button, buckle, zipper, hook and loop closing mechanism, or other fastener that must be opened to access the contents or the firearm is contained within a separate enclosure of that nature in that compartment that does not contain the magazine or speed loader;”

    • URSilly

      Simple….place your UNLOADED gun in a closed (note, it does not state locked, only closed) box or case and DO NOT have any speed loaders or magazines loaded for any gun in your car.

  • pecos
  • pecos

    ohio does not have stand your ground yet but it’s in the house to vote on it also you are aloud to carry in your car in plain view without being in a hloster

    • URSilly

      Why do people not understand the difference between aloud and allowed?

  • maria maria

    I would like to know if I am carrying my handgun in my purse does it still have to be in a holster? How about in a pocket? Thank you!

    • ArmedPatriot

      not in Ohio,not anymore

  • ArmedPatriot

    this page needs some serious updating

  • Mark Wilson

    The reason why you can’t carry in Ohio, with an Indiana CCW License is because all you need is a Pulse, Drivers License, and Cash to get an Indiana license. There’s no training, show of proficiency, or classroom training.

  • Cindy Klimek

    If you live in Ohio but are moving Tennessee does Tennessee recognize Ohio’s gun permit? Do you have to take the test all over again or can I just transfer it

  • chaz

    I was charged with a domestic violence charge in 2000, but it was dropped to a disordeiy conduct charge,can I still get get a ccw permit ,I read any charge in last 3yrs prior

  • Jan Johnston

    What is wrong with Ohio? Do they not understand “shall not be infringed”? Wow, the list of restrictions, etc. goes on and on! Does Ohio have reciprocity with PA?

  • Robin Slovenski

    Please change the ofcer to Officer. Thank you

  • Mr. Cool

    can anyone please tell me what the approximate TOTAL fee$ associated with obtaining an OH CCW license?
    ~$80 NRA course
    $15 filing fee
    $67 sheriff background check
    anything else?


  • Jerry Erb

    DO NOT FOLLOW THIS INFO. out of date, go to Ohio Atty gen sight for up to date info

  • Larry Barr

    I have a WV CCW permit. I have moved to OH and am now an Ohio resident. Do I need to take an Ohio class or can will Ohio issue me a permit based upon my WV class and permit?

  • Drew

    Coming to Indiana later this year and wanted to know if you can carry at the convention center next to Lucas Oil stadium? Any information would great.

  • LR

    I see Ohio reciprocates the Utah permit. But do I need to be a resident of Utah for it to be legal? Each state is different and I cannot get onto Ohio’s page off the Utah site

  • Jeremy Stiffler

    May want to update this… Laws have changed .. Can now carry in class D as long as you are not consuming.

  • clester7

    I took the class about a year ago, h
    ow long do i have to get the permit?

  • ArmedPatriot

    Ohio just passed a law that says we recognize ALL permits from ALL states temporarily…like if you are here for a visit or driving thru.
    its a very good remedy for the problem and hopefully more states do the same thing.

  • mike

    I have a holster without a snap or buckle and one with a snap. are either of these legal to use in my car if I put it say on the door compartment (where cup holders usually are on the front door) or in between the seat and center console?
    The law says holstered on your person if in a car or in a “container” if it has a snap or buckle but I’m unsure if a snap holster on these areas of the car counts as a “container” or “bag”.

  • Clint

    With a Illinois concealed carry license can you open carry in the state of Ohio


    Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank sheriff background form to fill out?

  • Thom

    I have a Utah permit. Do I need to take the Ohio classes to get the Ohio permit even though Ohio is reciprocal with Utah?

  • Ray Houston

    I have a question for anyone who might know… As a teacher in Ohio, can I keep my firearm locked in my car in a safe in the school parking lot?

  • Orris Malone

    I live in the state of Alabama I often travel to the state of Ohio what are the rules for me carrying my pistol I do have a pistol permit that was obtain in the state of Alabama I have lived here all my life could you please tell me the rules for traveling in Ohio with my gun please?