After the CHL/CCW Class
I took the Ohio CCW class.
Your Next Steps After Completing Armed2Defend’s Concealed Carry Training
Fill out the application.
Get a “passport style” photo (2 inch by 2 inch). Tape it to the designated box on your application. You can print your own with a passport photo app or get one made at Wallgreens, CVS, or anywhere that does the photos. It doesn’t have to be as perfect as a passport photo.
If you have any questions about how to fill anything out, contact the sheriff’s office where you will be applying.
When applying with the Sheriff’s Office you will be asked if you have read this publication that summarizes Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws.
It is a requirement. You must be able to answer yes. Be sure to read it before your appointment.
This publication gets updated as laws change. Anytime you reference it in the future always be sure to go to the Attorney General’s webpage to acces the most current version. (In other words, don’t print it out and then refer to that printout 2 years later.)
(We highly recommend going to Franklin County if you live in Franklin County or a county that touches Franklin County.)
Most counties require appointment. A couple counties take walk-ins. Some counties have you schedule the appointment on their website while others have you call in. Find out what the process is in the county where you want to apply.
(You can apply in the county you live in -OR- a county that touches your county. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is faster than most. They are very easy to work with.)
You have 3 years to complete this step. As an example, if you took training on January 18, 2020 you would have until January 18, 2023 to use that certificate of completion as proof of completing the training requirement. After that date you would have to start over and redo the training requirement.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheriff office's schedule and details have been changing almost daily. Please verify on the sheriff's page before doing a walk-in to see updated open times.
You can only apply in your county or any county that touches your county.
Please verify what to bring to appointment on Sheriff's site. Each Sheriff is slightly different.
MADISON – Walk-In Hours are Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm. 23 W. High St. London OH 43140. Update August 6, 2020: Students have reported a 2-3 week processing time before their license is ready.
FRANKLIN – Appointment Required. Appointment is made through their website. 614-525-5090. Update September 2, 2020: Scheduling for November 12, 2020. This date will continue to be pushed back.
FAIRFIELD – Appointment Required. Must call M-F 9 am to 12:45 pm to schedule appointment. 740-652-7321 or 740-652-7320. Update August 6, 2020: Currently not booking appointments because they are booked through August. They will start scheduling for September later in the month.
DELAWARE – Appointment Required. Appointment is made through their website. 740-833-2801. Update August 6, 2020: Scheduling for October 21, 2020. This date will continue to be pushed back.
LICKING – Appointment Required. Appointment is made through their website. 740-670-5508. Update September 2, 2020: Scheduling for December 15, 2020. This date will continue to be pushed back.
HOCKING – Appointment Required. Must call 740-385-2131 ext 223 to schedule. They are open Tuesday 8 am – 4 pm and Wednesday noon – 8 pm. Update September 2, 2020: Val has appointments with the soonest availability. License is given the same day of the apointment. It takes about half-an-hour for the appointment and you walk out with the license.
PICKAWAY– Appointment Required. Must call 740-477-6156 or 800-472-5245 to schedule. They are open M, W, F 9 am - 3 pm. Update August 6, 2020: I called and left a message for more details.
UNION – Appointment Required. Must call to schedule appointment 937-645-4103 ext. 4468. They are open M-F but hours vary. Update August 6, 2020: Scheduling for September 1, 2020. This date will continue to be pushed back.
(This information for each county is current to the best of our knowledge as of 8/6/2020. If you discover any outdated info please let us know so we can update it!)
Each county is slightly different in what they require you to bring. Double check the requirements where you are applying.
- Completed Application with photo attached (2 inch by 2 inch passport style photo)
- Certificate of Competency (the certificate we gave you at end of class) — your proof you fulfilled Ohio’s training requirement
- Valid ID
- Application fee* (Franklin county wants EXACT change)
- Anything else required by your county.
***DO NOT TAKE YOUR FIREARM.***
*If you have been a resident of Ohio for the last 5 years the application fee is $67 for your initial 5 year license. If you haven’t, there is an additional fee (amount varies by county but usually around $10) for an FBI background check.
*If you are Active Duty Military, a Veteran, or Retired Military, your $67 license fee is waived. Check with the Sheriff’s Office where you are applying to find out exactly what to bring as proof.
Carrying garlic may keep vampires away but unfortunately carrying a piece of plastic in your wallet that says you are a concealed carrier doesn’t have the power to keep criminals away. You have to carry your gun and know how to effectively use it in a defensive encounter.
Be sure you have a reliable, safe holster and then carry your gun. Only 15% of concealed carriers actually carry their gun. Don’t let holding a license create a false sense of security in your mind. Be a part of that 15%.
Becoming a concealed carrier is a lifestyle change. It will take time and effort to figure out methods and habits that work for your body type, activities and preferences. You wouldn’t start a new diet and then expect to feel differently the next day. You know it will take time.
Don’t get discouraged. Just keep working at it and it will all start to feel natural.
It’s very normal for the idea of wearing a concealed gun out in public to feel intimidating at first. It takes many people 1 to 3 years to get the confidence to actually carry.
Don’t carry until you’re ready. But if it’s something you want for yourself, don’t stop working toward getting there.
You wouldn’t take one guitar lesson and then feel like you had achieved being a “guitarist”. Getting the concealed carry license is not a destination; it is just ONE STEP in a much bigger JOURNEY.
Keep training! Live fire practice. Dry fire practice. Read books. Take big classes. Take small classes. Attend seminars. Join a community. Find people who will support you.
Think. Learn. Grow. Ask questions. Connect. Don’t stop! You got this!
Great Next Step Training Opportunities
These are things that you are ready for now. If you successfully completed the concealed carry training, you can successfully do these things.
Continue to build your shooting confidence by repeating your range training. You can choose to shoot the beginner or intermediate.
This would take place during the range portion of one of our future concealed carry training classes. You wouldn’t have to stay the entire 2 hours; you would come at 3:30 and be done around 4:30.
It’s only $25. We’ve priced it low because we really want you to come back and do it! We want you to continue developing as a shooter.
Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. You can go to the range and practice by yourself but if you aren’t doing it right, it might not be beneficial. Let us help you a few more times to be sure you got all the foundational concepts perfected.
Come back once, twice or twenty times! As much as you need.
NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program
The NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program is a great next step for continuing to master your fundamental shooting skills.
Don’t just go to the range and put holes in paper. This program has set courses of fire to test your skills and drive you toward improvement. As you complete each level you get awarded with badges and certificates.
You’ll see more improvement in your skill because you will be measuring your growth and pushing yourself to do things you probably wouldn’t have done on your own during your practice time at the range.
This is a great program! And it’s a great next step even for newer shooters. The first level is easier than what you did for the concealed carry class.
Rosie Pistol Women’s Shooting Group
Rosie Pistol provides an opportunity for ladies to learn, grow and practice in a safe and encouraging environment alongside other like-minded ladies.
We meet the last Monday of the month from 6pm-8pm in Canal Winchester. There is no commitment so ladies are welcome to pop in here and there or come to all the meetings.
If you are an experienced shooter and enjoy helping others learn to shoot….
We have helped over 500 people just like you become NRA Pistol Instructors. We offer the training every month.
You can get certified to teach your own classes or you can just assist in other people’s classes (like ours!).
Earn extra money doing what you love! (Not to mention the discounts on guns and gear! And the tax write-offs on guns and ammo – consult your tax professional.)
We really enjoyed having the opportunity to be a part of your journey.
Hope our paths cross again!
Be safe out there. And keep training!
–Kevin & Alisha