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!)