Union County, Ohio

Ohio Concealed Carry Law (CCW)

The Union County Sheriff’s Office will process CCW applications Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Every second (2 nd ) and fourth (4 th ) Wednesday of each month, the hours will be 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Applications will not be processed and appointments will not be taken on recognized holidays. CCW applications are accepted by APPOINTMENT ONLY .

If you have any questions concerning the Ohio Concealed Carry Law or if you need to schedule an appointment, please call 937-645-4103 ext. 4468.

To qualify for a CCW in Ohio, you must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age
  2. Be a legal resident of the United States and Ohio resident in the county of application or adjacent county, or resident of another state and employed in the county of application or adjacent county (employment proof required; i.e. current paystub, letter from employer)
  3. Not be a fugitive from justice and not be prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm
  4. Complete an eight (8) hour certified weapons proficiency training (must present certification with application within 3 years of course completion) UNLESS waived because of active military service, previous military service (honorable discharge) within the past ten (10) years, or proof of Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Certification within the past ten (10) years

For additional information regarding qualifying and disqualifying factors, please review Qualifying/Disqualifying Factors .

To obtain a CCW permit, first time applicants must:

  1. Complete the required eight (8) hours of weapons proficiency training. The training must include a minimum of two (2) hours of in-person training that consists of range time and live-fire training. This training is NOT OFFERED BY THE UNION COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. Check with local sporting goods stores, gun clubs, or gun stores for available training courses. Insure the instructor(s) offering the weapons proficiency training have a certificate of training from the National Rifle Association or the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and are certified to teach firearms training.
  2. Upon successful completion of the weapons proficiency training and receipt of a firearms training certificate from the training entity, the applicant must complete a CCW Application Form and review the Ohio Concealed Carry Law Pamphlet as prepared by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. These documents should be made available to you where you obtained your weapons proficiency training or online at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-enforcement/Concealed-Carry . The application form and pamphlet are also available in the lobby of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
  3. Make an appointment to apply for your CCW permit. Appointments are required and should be made by calling (937) 645-4103 ext. 4468.
  4. You must appear in person and have the following items with you when applying for a Carrying Concealed Weapons Permit:
    • A completed CCW Application Form
    • One (1) passport-size (2x2) color photograph taken within the last thirty (30) days
    • A copy of your firearms training certificate
    • A current photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, state ID)
  5. 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 (5) or more years, the application fee is $67.00 . If you have lived in Ohio less than five (5) years, there is an additional $10.00 fee for the FBI background check. Payment must be made payable to the “Union County Sheriff’s Office” . The Union County Sheriff’s Office does NOT accept cash or credit/debit cards!
  6. Each applicant’s completed application will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. During your appointment, fingerprints will be obtained either electronically through the WebCheck System or by taking a set of ink prints. Fingerprints will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for a background check.
  7. If your application is approved, your CCW license will be mailed to you within forty-five (45) days. If your application has been denied, a certified letter will be sent to explain the reason(s) for the denial. The appeal process will also be explained in the certified letter. PLEASE DO NOT CALL to check on the status of your application unless you fail to hear from us or do not receive your CCW license in the mail within 45 days.

Special Note:

If applicable, you can supply the Union County Sheriff’s Office with a document showing that you are an active or reserve member of the armed forces, were honorably discharged from the armed forces, or are a retired highway patrol trooper, 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 CCW education requirements. The date of retirement or honorable 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.

To renew a CCW permit:

  1. All CCW licenses expire five (5) years after the issue date. You may renew your CCW license ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date and at any time after the expiration date. If your CCW license expires, you can carry a concealed handgun for an additional 30 days after the expiration date. After this 30-day grace period, you may not carry a concealed handgun until you have reapplied and received a new CCW license. There is no additional training required to renew your license, regardless of how long ago it expired.
  2. You must complete a new CCW Application Form and review the current Ohio Concealed Carry Law Pamphlet as prepared by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. These documents are available online at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-enforcement/Concealed-Carry . The application form and pamphlet are also available in the lobby of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
  3. An appointment is required to renew your CCW license and should be made by calling (937) 645-4103 ext. 4468.
  4. You must appear in person and have the following items with you when renewing your Concealed Carry Weapons Permit:
    • A completed CCW Application Form
    • One (1) passport-size (2x2) color photograph taken within the last thirty (30) days
    • A current CCW license
    • A current photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, state ID)
  5. 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 . The fee for renewing your Concealed Carry Weapons Permit is $50.00 . If you have not lived in Ohio for the past five (5) years, there will be an additional $10.00 fee for the FBI background check. Payment must be made payable to the “Union County Sheriff’s Office” . The Union County Sheriff’s Office does NOT accept cash or credit/debit cards!
  6. Each applicant’s renewal application will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. During your appointment, fingerprints will again be obtained either electronically through the WebCheck System or by taking a set of ink prints. Fingerprints will be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for a background check.
  7. Your new CCW license will be mailed to you within forty-five (45) days. PLEASE DO NOT CALL to check on the status of your renewal application unless you fail to hear from us or do not receive your new CCW license in the mail within 45 days.

How do I change my address or name on my CCW license?

If you need to change your address or name on your CCW license, you must report the change to the Sheriff’s Office that issued your CCW license. To change your address, Union County CCW license holders may fill out an Address Change Form at the Union County Sheriff’s Office or mail an Address Change Form to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Concealed Carry License. Click here to download an Address Change Form. To change your name, Union County CCW license holders must provide legal documentation of your name change (i.e. marriage license).

If you wish to obtain a replacement CCW license displaying your new address or name, you must schedule an appointment and pay a nonrefundable fee of $15.00 . Please call 937-645-4103 ext. 4468 to schedule an appointment.

How do I replace a lost or stolen CCW license?

If your CCW license has been lost or stolen, you must report it to the county that issued your CCW license. If the CCW license was issued by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, you must schedule an appointment to have the CCW license replaced. You must appear in person and provide either a notarized statement or police report and pay a nonrefundable fee of $15.00 . Please call 937-645-4103 ext. 4468 to schedule an appointment.

Temporary Emergency CCW License

If you need to apply for a TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT, please contact Director Betsy Spain by calling (937) 645-4131 or by email at bspain@co.union.oh.us .