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If getting your Ohio Concealed Carry License is your goal, I want to help you achieve it.
3 Training Options to fit your needs:
How do you get an Ohio Concealed Carry License?
The sheriff’s office is the government agency that issues concealed carry licenses in Ohio. You have to apply for the license with them. Before you can apply with them, you have to take a training class that meets Ohio’s requirements. (Military experience can be used for this requirement- see FAQs below.)
Not all training is equal.
The training has to be 8 hours long and consist of 6 classroom hours and 2 range hours. Many people don’t realize that what is covered during this training varies greatly from company to company.
I want you to have the best training possible. The goal isn’t to “take training.” The goal is to GET TRAINED!
We have put so much effort into making Armed2Defend the hands down best choice for Ohio concealed carry training.
How to Get an Ohio Concealed Carry License
Most people refer to it a CCW license. If you want to get technical, the Ohio concealed carry license covers handguns only. If you look at the top of the application you submit it will say “State of Ohio
Application for License to Carry a Concealed Handgun”. That’s why you’ll also see it referred to as CHL – Concealed Handgun License. We tend to use the term CCW since it is what people recognize and understand.
Get your Ohio Concealed Carry License
We offer 3 options to fit your needs
At Your Pace Online
1 In Person Range Session
All In Person
One Day: 9am-5:30pm
Saturday & Weekday Options
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Women's In Person
All In Person
One Day: 9am-6pm
Smaller Class Size
More hands-on exercises
Female Focused Curriculum
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Concealed Carry Training FAQs
Our range is on private property in Canal Winchester, Ohio (20 minutes southeast of Columbus, Ohio).
The classroom portion of our Hybrid class happens online from the comfort of your home.
For our in person classes, we rent a large meeting room from a library that is 4 minutes down the road from our range. armed2defend.com/wagnalls has more details on the library location.
Nothing! In fact, we see lots of students week in and week out who have never touched a gun before.
We start at the beginner level. There is no prior knowledge you need to be successful. You are coming to class to have us TEACH you. So don’t try to prepare and learn it all before.
Actually, we find that often the complete newbies are better shooters than people who have some experience!! They are fresh canvases and they soak up the new knowledge. Sometimes experienced shooters have bad habits that are hard to break.
We will teach you everything you need to know. You will walk away with so much knowledge and a new sense of confidence about handling and shooting handguns!
Nope! In fact if you DON’T have a gun yet, we strongly encourage you to wait until after taking the training to purchase one.
If you DO have a gun, we strongly encourage you to bring it. The training will be much more meaningful to you if you get trained on what you own.
After taking the training, you will apply for the concealed carry license through the sheriff’s office. They will run a background check as part of the application process.
Trainers are privately owned and not government entities. We do not have the capability to run background checks on our students. This means a person could pass the concealed carry training and then be denied a license by the sheriff’s office if there is something on their background that disqualifies them.
You can find more details about the disqualifiers on pages 7-8 of the Ohio Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Law Summary PDF. Generally speaking, the 3 major disqualifiers are 1.) any felony, 2.) anything drug related, 3.) any misdemeanor offense of violence or negligent assault
If there is anything you are concerned about, it is worth talking to the sheriff’s office for clarification before spending time and money taking the training.
I highly advise you not to ask any trainer for specific advice about your situation and if it makes you ineligible. Talk to the people who actually process the applications. Trainers are private businesses that make money by you taking their class. They can tell you anything they want. But the only thing that actually matters is what the sheriff will tell you when you apply.
First off, we understand that freedom is not free We sincerely thank you for serving and sacrificing for our county.
You don’t have to take training. Ohio allows active duty military and retired and honorably discharged veterans to apply for the concealed carry license without taking a training course.
You CAN take training if you’d like to. Even though it is not required, many are still interested in taking training for their own benefit. If that is you, we would love to have you in the class.
If you are choosing to skip the training requirement, you should consult the sheriff’s office directly about the application process. Most of them have the information on their webpage.
Because each county has slight differences in how they handle applications, it’s impossible for us to give detailed information about the process. Check with the sheriff’s office in the county where you plan to apply. (You can only apply in the county you live in or a county that touches that county.)
Anyone 18 or older can take our training course. However, please understand that you must be 21 to get an Ohio Concealed Carry License.
The sheriff’s office will honor a certificate of completion from a course taken within the last 3 years. Let’s use an example. Suppose Johnny was 20 years old when he took a concealed carry training course on Dec 15, 2018. The sheriff will honor that certificate of completion until Dec 15, 2021 (3 years from the date of completion). So when Johnny turns 21 in November 2019 he will still have plenty of time to use that certificate of completion to apply for the license before it is expired. Johnny could apply for his concealed license on the day of his 21st birthday if he was in a hurry.
Sometimes parents taking the course want their 18, 19 or 20 year old child to go through the course with them to learn about gun safety even though they aren’t old enough to get the license yet. This is a great idea and we encourage it.
*Please note: Anyone under 21 would not be legally able to transport a gun to class. This is no problem at all. They will revert to using one of our .22s. If a friend or family member 21+ is also attending the class that day, they can transport a gun for the underage person.
We do require full payment ahead of time. There is a lot that goes into class day preparation on our end. We prepare paperwork specific to each student, make folders for each student, print certificates and hire lots of instructors to assist.
It doesn’t have to be your billing information for the online transactions. So if you can give the cash to a friend or family member and use their card for the billing section that works just fine.
We do not have a storefront location for doing in person transactions. We pay to rent the classroom space only for class days.
Just like the BMV is the only place that can issue a driver’s license, the sheriff’s office is the only entity that can issue an Ohio concealed carry license.
To get a concealed carry license in Ohio you must take an 8 hour training course. Then you use your certificate of completion as proof of completing the training requirement when applying with the sheriff’s office.
Think of taking our course like taking a drivers ed course. There is no drivers ed school that can issue drivers licenses. Likewise, there is no concealed carry training courses that can issue an Ohio Concealed Carry License. Your first step will be to complete the training and your second step will be to apply at the sheriff’s office in the county you live in or an adjacent county.
When you apply through the sheriff’s office for the license there will be an additional fee you pay to them. Please contact your local sheriff’s office for any questions you may have about the license process as each county does things differently. Any information we put here could be different in your county.
It is a 5 year license and there is no retraining required to renew your Ohio CCW license. You will be able to renew directly with the sheriff’s office without taking additional training. (Although, additional training is always a good idea since shooting is a perishable skill!)
The term used to refer to what states honor other states’ licenses is reciprocity. The Ohio concealed carry license is currently honored in 39 states. (This number changes so always be sure to verify reciprocity before traveling with your concealed carry firearm!)
The Ohio Attorney General’s site has a clickable map that shows you which states honor the Ohio concealed carry license.
There is just one type of Ohio Concealed Carry License. Everyone get the same license. There are NOT different levels or types of Ohio CCW licenses that include more or less states.
We choose not to train pregnant women on our range because of the potential for hearing damage to the baby and the exposure to toxic substances that are an unavoidable part of shooting.
However, you are welcome to complete the 6 hour classroom portion even while pregnant! It’s actually a great idea to get the 6 hour portion done while pregnant. After delivering the baby, you can come back to complete the 2 hour range portion. Since it is sometimes hard for a mom to be away from a newborn for an extended day, many pregnant women find this to be a convenient option.
*Please note you will not be able to apply for your Ohio Concealed Carry License until after you have completed both the classroom and range time.
*There are no additional fees involved. You would pay the class fee in full for the initial classroom time. You wouldn’t owe anything when you came back to complete the range portion. We keep your paperwork on file so we know exactly what you need to complete when you come back.
There are 2 time frames that are easy to confuse:
1.) You have 3 years from the date of completing the course to apply for the license. In other words, the sheriff requires you show proof of completing an approved training course within the last 3 years. Example: if you took the course on March 26, 2020 you would be able to use that certificate of completion to apply for a license until March 26, 2023. After that time frame, if you had not applied for your license you would be back to square one and need to repeat training.
2.) The concealed carry license itself is a 5 year license. When the 5 years are up and it is time to renew, there is no retraining requirement. You will just go through the sheriff’s office to submit an application again. Sometimes they need to see a copy of your original certificate of completion and sometimes they don’t. We offer digital replacement certificates for $10 but you should clarify with the sheriff’s office if they need/want it first.
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In 2010, we took a concealed carry training class in order to get our concealed carry licenses. We walked away feeling like our training experience was just a “hoop to jump through”.
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Ready to register for a CCW class?
We put great effort into making the process as simple as possible for you. After you complete the CCW class, you will be ready to apply for your concealed carry (CCW, CHL) license.
This is your certificate of completion. It serves as proof that you completed the required 8 hours of training that Ohio requires to apply for a concealed carry license.
We will give you this certificate the same day of your training. You will get it as you leave the range (provided you successfully completed all parts of the class).
This is the application you use to apply for the license with the sheriff’s office.
This online PDF version is nice if you want to type in your answers and print it out.
Don’t have a printer at home? No worries. We will have printed copies in class.
For our in person classes (the regular in person class and the women’s version) we offer a passport style photo for FREE.
*We are unable to provide this bonus for students doing the online option. Logistically it is just not possible to do.
Do you want a fun and engaging CCW class?
We teach in a fun and interactive way. You will learn the safe handling and usage skills needed to be a responsible concealed carrier but you’ll also have fun and enjoy the class.
Do you need a beginner firearms class?
We train you at your level. You don’t need to know anything about firearms prior to class in order to be successful in this class. We deliver the information in a way that is easy to understand.
Got legal questions? We cover that.
One of our modules focuses on Ohio’s firearm, concealed carry and self-defense laws based on the Ohio Attorney General’s Law Summary and other resources.
What if I get pulled over and have my loaded gun?
These questions, and more, are covered in the legal section.