Union County, Ohio

Ohio Concealed Carry Law (CCW)

  1. The applicant must first obtain the eight (8) hours of weapons proficiency training as required by the new law.  The training must include a minimum of two (2) hours of in-person training that consists of range time and live-fire training. (Check with local sporting goods stores, gun clubs, or gun stores). This training is NOT OFFERED BY THE UNION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
  1. Insure the instructors offering the weapons training have a certificate of training from the National Rifle Association or the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and are certified as instructors to teach firearms training.  Ask to see their credentials and certification.
  1. Upon successful completion of the training and receipt of a firearm's training certificate from the training entity, the applicant must obtain a " CCW APPLICATION FORM" and the "OHIO CONCEALED CARRY LAW PAMPHLET " as prepared by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The forms should be made available to you where you obtained your weapons training or online at  ohioattorneygeneral.gov  . The application forms and pamphlets will also be available in the lobby of the Union County Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
  2. Residency requirements: If you are an Ohio resident you will apply in the county (or adjoining county) where you reside OR if you are a resident of another state but are employed in Ohio, you will apply in the county (or adjoining county) where you work.
  3. You must be at least 21 years old, not a fugitive from justice, and not prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
  1. Applications will not be processed and appointments will not be taken for recognized holidays. The application process will take at least one half hour each. 
  1. Application forms  must  be completed prior to a person being processed.
  1. The Union County Sheriff's Office will process applications Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:45 and 1:30pm – 4:15 pm.  The second and fourth Thursdays of each month the hours will be 10:00 am – 12:45 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm.  Appointments  are  required and should be made by calling (937)-645-4103 ext. 4468. All applications must be presented for processing at the  Union  County  Sheriff's Office, 221 W. 5 th  St., Marysville, Ohio 43040.
  1. The applicant must have the following items when coming to the Union County Sheriff's Office to process their application for a Carrying Concealed Weapons Permit:
  1. Their completed application form.
  2. Copies of their firearms training certificate (not needed for renewal).
  3. A current photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, state identification).
  4. A passport size color photograph taken within the last thirty (30) days prior to application.
  1. Only one applicant will be processed at a time. Each applicant’s completed application, informational pamphlet, and method of payment will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy.  Fingerprints will be obtained either through the Web Check System or by taking a set of ink prints. The prints will then be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for a background check.
  1. The applicant will provide all the necessary information to the Sheriff’s Office, so that the required background investigation can be completed. 
  1. One of the following methods of payment for the NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE must be presented at the time of application: money order, personal check, or certified bank check. If you have lived in the State of Ohio for five or more years, the permit fee is  $67.00 .  Payment must be made payable to the " Union County Sheriff’s Office ". If you have lived in Ohio less than five years, there is an additional  $24.00 fee  for the F.B.I. background check.
  1. The applicant’s license will be mailed to them within forty-five days (45) or a letter via certified return receipt mail will be sent to advise them their application has been denied and the reason for the denial.   The appeal process will also be explained in the certified letter to the applicant, if their application is denied.
  1. All licenses expire five years after the issue date.
  1. You may renew your license 90 days prior to the expiration date.
  1. If you are renewing your license you must provide a completed application, certify you have read a current Concealed Carry publication provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and pay a nonrefundable fee.  The fee for renewal is $50.00 .  If you have not lived in Ohio the past five years, there will be an additional fee of  $24.00  for the F.B.I. background check.
  1. Special Note : If applicable, the applicant can supply the Union County Sheriff’s Office with a document showing the applicant is an active or reserve member of the armed forces, or was honorably discharged, or is a retired highway patrol trooper, or is a retired peace officer or federal law enforcement officer and who, through the position, acquired experience with handguns or other firearms that was equivalent to the minimum educational requirements. The date of retirement or discharge for former military members, must have been within ten (10) years of the date of application. If you qualify for this training exemption, the Union County Sheriff’s Office  recommends  that you still take an eight (8) hour training course in Ohio, so that you understand the parameters of the Concealed Carry Permit Law.
  1. Questions concerning the Carrying Concealed Weapons law or applying for a " TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT " can be directed to Director Betsy Spain at the Sheriff's Office by calling (937)-645-4131 or by email at  bspain@co.union.oh.us

Sheriff Malcum J. “Jamie” Patton
Union County Sheriff