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Ohio Concealed Carry FAQ’s

Does Ohio issue concealed carry permits?

Ohio is a Shall Issue State and issues Concealed Handgun Licenses to residents of Ohio and non-residents with exceptions.

As long as you meet the law’s requirements, the sheriff must issue a concealed handgun license within 45 days of receiving your properly completed application. The license lasts for five years. [source]

You must apply to your county sheriff or to the sheriff of a county that abuts the county you reside in. You should call the sheriff you are applying to ahead of time to find out the hours they accept applications and try to schedule an appointment if they offer them.

When applying, you must bring your completed application form, a copy of your firearms training certificate, a passport photo and payment (money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check).

Ohio only issues to non-residents that are military personnel, their spouses, or non-residents employed in the state. They also honor any issues permits if you have moved out of state until it expires. [source]

(b) A person on active duty in the armed forces of the United States or in service with the peace corps, volunteers in service to America, or the foreign service of the United States is exempt from the license requirements of this section for the period of the person’s active duty or service and for six months thereafter, provided the person was a licensee under this section at the time the person commenced the person’s active duty or service or had obtained a license while on active duty or service. The spouse or a dependent of any such person on active duty or in service also is exempt from the license requirements of this section for the period of the person’s active duty or service and for six months thereafter, provided the spouse or dependent was a licensee under this section at the time the person commenced the active duty or service or had obtained a license while the person was on active duty or service, and provided further that the person’s active duty or service resulted in the spouse or dependent relocating outside of this state during the period of the active duty or service. This division does not prevent such a person or the person’s spouse or dependent from making an application for the renewal of a concealed handgun license during the period of the person’s active duty or service.

(b) For an applicant who has been a resident of this state for less than five years or who is not a resident of this state but who is employed in this state, a fee of fifty dollars plus the actual cost of having a background check performed by the federal bureau of investigation.

Ohio’ concealed handgun licenses law went into effect in 2004 which made them a Shall Issue state. [source]

Who issues Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses?

Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses are issued by the sheriff of the county you applied to. [source]

Are background checks required for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License?

Yes. There are questions about your background that you must answer on the application and the sheriff will also conduct a federal NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check which you must pass for the application to be approved. [source]

Does having an Ohio Concealed Handgun License exempt you from the background check when purchasing a firearm Ohio?

Yes. Having an Ohio Handgun License issued on or after March 23, 2015 does exempt you from a National Instant Criminal System (NICS) check when purchasing a firearm according to the ATF Permanent Brady Permit Chart.

How long is an Ohio Concealed Handgun License valid for?

Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses expire five years after the issue date. [source]

What is the processing time for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License?

The processing time for Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses is within 45 days from the date they receive your application.

As long as you meet the law’s requirements, the sheriff must issue a concealed handgun license within 45 days of receiving your properly completed application. The license lasts for five years. [source]

How much does an Ohio Concealed Handgun License cost?

The fee for an initial Ohio Concealed Handgun License is $67 if you have been an Ohio resident for more than five years and $91 if you have been an Ohio resident for less than five years. [source]

The fee for a renewal Ohio Concealed Handgun License is $50 if you have been an Ohio resident for more than five years and $74 if you have been an Ohio resident for less than five years. [source]

The fee for an Ohio Concealed Handgun Temporary Emergency License is $37 if you have been an Ohio resident for more than five years and $61 if you have been an Ohio resident for less than five years. [source]

The cost for replacement licenses is $15.[source]

What are the requirements for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License?

You must meet the minimum educational requirements set by Ohio concealed carry law. The law requires a total training time of 8 hours with a minimum of 2 hours of in-personal training that consists of range time and live-fire training. The training and written exam may be completed online but the 2 hours of in-personal training must still be met. [source] Make sure your instructor has a certificate of training from the state or any national gun advocacy organization. You should also receive a receipt of firearm’s training once completing the course.

Other requirements include:

  • Passing the NICS check
  • You must not have had a concealed carry license issued by another state suspended.
  • If you live in another state, you must be employed in Ohio.
  • You cannot be an unlawful user of, or addicted to any controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802.
  • If you are a nonimmigrant who is legally in the United States, you must have been lawfully admitted to the United States without a nonimmigrant visa or you were lawfully admitted under a nonimmigrant visa as defined in the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26) and fall within one of the exceptions listed in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2).
  • You must not have been discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions.
  • You must not have renounced your United States citizenship.
  • 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.
  • The law states that 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. You may not obtain a license if you have been charged with falsification of a concealed handgun license.
  • 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 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.
  • The sheriff shall not consider the conviction, guilty plea, or adjudication of an applicant’s sealed records even if those sealed offenses would otherwise disqualify an applicant. If you have questions about sealed criminal records, consult an attorney.
  • The law states that you must not have been adjudicated as a mental defective, committed to any mental institution, under a current adjudication of incompetence, found by a court to be mentally ill subject to hospitalization by court order, or an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation.
  • 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. For additional information on civil and temporary protection orders, consult an attorney.

How do I renew my Ohio Concealed Handgun License and what is the cost?

To renew your Ohio Concealed Handgun License you must file a renewal application with the sheriff’s office as early as 90 days before your license expires. It is recommended to do it as early as possible since it can take up to 45 days to process. [source]

You must provide proof of certification with can be a previously issued Ohio concealed carry license (expired or valid) or a competency certificate from your instructor.[source]

The fee for a renewal Ohio Concealed Handgun License is $50 if you have been an Ohio resident for more than five years and $74 if you have been an Ohio resident for less than five years. [source]

How do you change a name or address on an Ohio Concealed Handgun License?

You must notify the Sheriff’s Office that issued the license within 45 days after the address change. Check their website as some have a form that you can mail them for the address change. If you want a license with your new address issued the cost for a replacement is $15.[source]

Name changes may have to be made in person. We recommend visiting the Sheriff’s Office that issued the permit within 45 days of your name change to find out their process. The cost for the replacement license will be $15. [source]

What do you do if your Ohio Concealed Handgun License is lost, stolen or damaged?

If your license gets lost or stolen you must notify the Sheriff’s Office that issued the license within 45 days. You will need to provide a pilice report showing that you have reported your license as lost or stolen. The fee for a replacement license will be $15.

If I get arrested or convicted, do I have to notify the Sheriff's Office about the arrest or conviction?

Are far as we can tell, you are not required to notify the Sheriff of an arrest or conviction.

If I move my permanent residence to another state, is my Ohio Concealed Handgun License still valid?

Yes, the license is still valid until the expiration date but you will be unable to renew the license.source

Can I transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Ohio?

Ohio does not allow you to transfer another state’s concealed carry permit or license to Ohio. You must apply for a new Ohio Concealed Handgun License.

Does Ohio accept any other state's concealed carry permits or licenses?

Yes. Ohio accepts all other state’s resident and non-resident permits and licenses. They also have reciprocity agreements with other states. View our concealed carry reciprocity maps for the most up to date list of states you can carry in.

Do I need to inform Law Enforcement that I am carrying a concealed weapon?

Yes. You must inform law enforcement that you have a concealed firearms license and that you are carrying concealed. [source]

If a licensee is the driver or an occupant of a motor vehicle that is stopped as the result of a traffic stop or a stop for another law enforcement purpose and if the licensee is transporting or has a loaded handgun in the motor vehicle at that time, the licensee shall promptly inform any law enforcement officer who approaches the vehicle while stopped that the licensee has been issued a concealed handgun license and that the licensee currently possesses or has a loaded handgun; the licensee shall not knowingly disregard or fail to comply with lawful orders of a law enforcement officer given while the motor vehicle is stopped, knowingly fail to remain in the motor vehicle while stopped, or knowingly fail to keep the licensee’s hands in plain sight after any law enforcement officer begins approaching the licensee while stopped and before the officer leaves, unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer; and the licensee shall not knowingly have contact with the loaded handgun by touching it with the licensee’s hands or fingers, in any manner in violation of division (E) of section 2923.16 of the Revised Code, after any law enforcement officer begins approaching the licensee while stopped and before the officer leaves. Additionally, if a licensee is the driver or an occupant of a commercial motor vehicle that is stopped by an employee of the motor carrier enforcement unit for the purposes defined in section 5503.04 of the Revised Code and if the licensee is transporting or has a loaded handgun in the commercial motor vehicle at that time, the licensee shall promptly inform the employee of the unit who approaches the vehicle while stopped that the licensee has been issued a concealed handgun license and that the licensee currently possesses or has a loaded handgun.

If a licensee is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and if the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun at the time the officer approaches, the licensee shall promptly inform any law enforcement officer who approaches the licensee while stopped that the licensee has been issued a concealed handgun license and that the licensee currently is carrying a concealed handgun; the licensee shall not knowingly disregard or fail to comply with lawful orders of a law enforcement officer given while the licensee is stopped or knowingly fail to keep the licensee’s hands in plain sight after any law enforcement officer begins approaching the licensee while stopped and before the officer leaves, unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer; and the licensee shall not knowingly remove, attempt to remove, grasp, or hold the loaded handgun or knowingly have contact with the loaded handgun by touching it with the licensee’s hands or fingers, in any manner in violation of division (B) of section 2923.12 of the Revised Code, after any law enforcement officer begins approaching the licensee while stopped and before the officer leaves.

Does Ohio issue Ohio Concealed Handgun License to resident aliens with a green card?

It seems that yes, Resident Aliens can apply for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License. [source]

If you are a nonimmigrant who is legally in the United States, you must have been lawfully admitted to the United States without a nonimmigrant visa or you were lawfully admitted under a nonimmigrant visa as defined in the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26) and fall within one of the exceptions listed in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2).

What are the laws for carrying a firearm in an automobile in Ohio?

Unless you have a concealed carry permit or license, it is against the law to have a loaded firearm in a vehicle. [source]

2923.16 Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
(A) No person shall knowingly discharge a firearm while in or on a motor vehicle.

(B) No person shall knowingly transport or have a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.

(C) No person shall knowingly transport or have a firearm in a motor vehicle, unless the person may lawfully possess that firearm under applicable law of this state or the United States, the firearm is unloaded, and the firearm is carried in one of the following ways:

(1) In a closed package, box, or case;

(2) In a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle;

(3) In plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose;

(4) If the firearm is at least twenty-four inches in overall length as measured from the muzzle to the part of the stock furthest from the muzzle and if the barrel is at least eighteen inches in length, either in plain sight with the action open or the weapon stripped, or, if the firearm is of a type on which the action will not stay open or which cannot easily be stripped, in plain sight.

As of March 21, 2017, 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. [source]

What places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio?

The following places are off-limits when carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio.

  • Police stations
  • Sheriff’s offices
  • Highway Patrol posts
  • Premises controlled by BCI
  • Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
  • Airport terminals or airplanes – As of March 21, 2017, concealed handgun license holders can carry in the non-secure area of airports. [source]
  • Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons
  • Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
  • Colleges and Government Bodies – As of March 21, 2017, colleges and government bodies can decide for themselves if concealed carry will be allowed. [source]
  • Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise
  • Child day-care centers – As of March 21, 2017, concealed handgun license holders can carry in day-care centers unless the day-care center has posted a “no-guns” sign. [source]
  • Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence. If you are not consuming, and not under the influence, you may carry unless there is a conspicuous sign prohibiting carry. Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as the 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, do not consume beer or intoxicating liquor before carrying a concealed handgun into a licensed premises or while on the premises.
  • Schools – As of March 21, 2017 – Anyone with a concealed handgun license can keep their handgun locked in a motor vehicle on school premises. [source]
  • As of March 21, 2017 – Anyone with a concealed handgun license can carry on private aircraft. [source]

As of March 21, 2017, 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. [source]

What are the laws involving alcohol and carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio?

You must not consume beer or intoxicating liquor or be under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse when carrying concealed in Ohio. [source]

If you have a concealed handgun license, you may carry concealed in bar and restaurants as long as you are not consuming alcohol. [source]

USA Carry always recommends never to carry a firearm while drinking alcohol or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Does Ohio have laws for No Gun signs?

Yes, No Gun signs have the force of law. [source]

Except as provided in division (C)(3)(b) of this section, the owner or person in control of private land or premises, and a private person or entity leasing land or premises owned by the state, the United States, or a political subdivision of the state or the United States, may post a sign in a conspicuous location on that land or on those premises prohibiting persons from carrying firearms or concealed firearms on or onto that land or those premises. Except as otherwise provided in this division, a person who knowingly violates a posted prohibition of that nature is guilty of criminal trespass in violation of division (A)(4) of section 2911.21 of the Revised Code and is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If a person knowingly violates a posted prohibition of that nature and the posted land or premises primarily was a parking lot or other parking facility, the person is not guilty of criminal trespass under section 2911.21 of the Revised Code or under any other criminal law of this state or criminal law, ordinance, or resolution of a political subdivision of this state, and instead is subject only to a civil cause of action for trespass based on the violation.

Does my military training exempt me from the eight hour training course for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License?

As of March 21, 2017, active military members who have the same or greater training than that required to obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed firearm as a license-holder to carry without a license. [source]

Yes, you can be exempt from the training requirements for an Ohio Concealed Handgun License if you are active military or honorably discharged. Some people have reported that their DD214 has worked but it had to list some type of weapons training and some have reported getting their license without it listing weapons training. We recommend contacting your local Sheriff to see what they require. [source]

(d) A document that evidences both of the following:

(i) That the applicant is an active or reserve member of the armed forces of the United States, has retired from or was honorably discharged from military service in the active or reserve armed forces of the United States, is a retired trooper of the state highway patrol, or is a retired peace officer or federal law enforcement officer described in division (B)(1) of this section or a retired person described in division (B)(1)(b) of section 109.77 of the Revised Code and division (B)(1) of this section;

(ii) That, through participation in the military service or through the former employment described in division (B)(3)(d)(i) of this section, the applicant acquired experience with handling handguns or other firearms, and the experience so acquired was equivalent to training that the applicant could have acquired in a course, class, or program described in division (B)(3)(a), (b), or (c) of this section.

Are you allowed to carry concealed in Ohio State Parks, State & National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, and/or Road Side Rest Areas?

State Parks: Yes – Buildings are off limits unless used as a comfort station. Restrooms outside of regular buildings, Picnic Shelters and other outdoor type covered areas used for comfort.
State Forests: Yes – Buildings are off limits unless used as a comfort station. Restrooms outside of regular buildings, Picnic Shelters and other outdoor type covered areas used for comfort.
National Forests: Yes – Buildings are off limits unless used as a comfort station. Restrooms outside of regular buildings, Picnic Shelters and other outdoor type covered areas used for comfort.
WMA’s: Yes – Buildings are off limits unless used as a comfort station. Restrooms outside of regular buildings, Picnic Shelters and other outdoor type covered areas used for comfort.
Road Side Rest Areas: Yes

What are the Ohio Open Carry laws?

Please visit our Ohio Open Carry page for more information.

Changelog

3/20/2017 – Updated information due to the changes made by Senate Bill 199 that take effect on March 21, 2017.

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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

      yes

  • 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.)

      • King Free

        I have an AZ permit, obtained while living in MO simply by producing fingerprint card and DD-214 form all via mail. OH recips it. So I wouldn’t say they are all that concerned about classes, rangetime etc etc. It’s all about the $$. The 2nd Amendment should be all the CC permit we need, and more and more states are going there. But in lieu of actually following the Constitution, hopefully we get the Federal Constitutional Carry legislation that is being discussed.

  • 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.

    I WANT THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW IN OHIO !!!
    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

      NO

      • 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

    • Jason

      I know this is an old question. However I have used my Ohio CCW several times as ID. I did have to explain that it was a state issued ID, as they did not initially want to take it (It could be a gun club card for all they know). I’ve used it to open a bank account, and other things to prove my identification.

  • 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?

    thanks.

  • 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

  • TEODORA LAZO

    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?

  • None Ya

    If I am an Ohio resident but am in the process of obtaining a Virginia non resident CCW? I can still carry in Ohio or must I obtain an Ohio resident CCW as well? I’m sure they are reciprocating, just not sure of the resident Ohio requirements since I live in OH… Short of having an attorney? Not a common question… I obtained the VA because it was completely available on line without OH requirements of attending classes, etc… I’m a 9 year vet… Really? Because i discharged more than ten years ago I cant use my DD 214… Bull****…

  • Gideon B Meyer

    I have a permit for Ohio and am moving to a new address in Ohio. Do I have to get a new permit to reflect my address change?

  • Scott McDaniel

    My wife and I both have a 20 year old, misdemeanor domestic violence conviction that has prohibited us for years from obtaining a CCL. Does the recent 10th circuit decision overturning that part of the law help people with this problem finally obtain their CCL?

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