Ohio CCW Classes
Ohio requires all applicants to complete an 8 hour class. Enter your zip code here to find classes near you.
What will you learn in class?
Ohio CCW classes are required to spend time on these four main topics:
- Safe handling and proper storage practices for handguns
- Safe handling of ammunition
- Knowledge and skills necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner
- Gun handling training
There is also a requirement to have 2 hours of practical training which includes range time and live fire experience.
Requirements to qualify for a license
In Ohio you must meet several minimum requirements before applying for your CCW license.
- You must be at least 21 years of age and not a fugitive from justice
- You must be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days
- You must be a resident of the county (or adjoining county) where you apply for at least 30 days.
If you are a member of the armed forces and are stationed out of state or out of the country you are still considered an Ohio resident for purposes of obtaining an Ohio CCW license.
There are many criminal offenses that will disqualify you from obtaining your license. Any felony will disqualify you as well as misdemeanors related to violence, assault, or drug trafficking. This is not just for convicts but also for anyone who is currently under indictment or charged with one of these crimes.
Finally you must not be classified as a mental defective, be committed to a mental institution, or be subject to a civil protection order from Ohio or any other state.
Ohio is a "shall issue" state which means that once you meet all the requirements the county sheriff must issue a CCW license to you.
How long does it take to get a license?
The sheriff of each county in Ohio is responsible for issuing CCW licenses and has up to 45 days to issue or deny your license from the date you applied. If your license is denied the sheriff is required to give you a written explanation of the denial. There is an appeal process available if you are denied.
How much does the license cost?
The minimum cost of a CCW license in Ohio is $67. This is for a 5 year resident. Anyone who has resided in Ohio for less than 5 years is subject to an NICS background check which will cost an additional $24. An Ohio CCW license is valid for 5 years.
Reciprocity with other states
When you obtain your Ohio CCW license you will also be allowed to carry in many other states. This is because Ohio has reciprocity agreements with other states that have similar laws regarding concealed carry. Check out this site for an Ohio reciprocity map.
Note: Before carrying in other states you need to call the attorney general of those states to make sure the reciprocity agreements are still valid. You will also want to research the laws of those states regarding the use of deadly force.
Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?
You are allowed to carry in many places in Ohio but here is a list of places you are not allowed to carry.
- Police stations
- Sheriffs' offices
- Highway patrol posts
- Premises controlled by BCI
- Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
- Airport terminals or airplanes
- Mental institutions
- Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle
- Places of worship, unless you have received permission to carry there
- Child day care centers
- Some government facilities
- School safety zones (If you are licensed to carry a concealed handgun you can carry into a school safety zone if you are in the process of pick up or dropping off a child and you stay in your vehicle.)
- Licensed class D liquor permit premises if you are consuming alcohol or are under the influence.
Here is a short list of some great instructors in Ohio
- Armed 2 Defend
- Concealed Carry Courses LLC
- Ohio Concealed Carry Institute
- Black Wing Shooting Center
- Columbus Concealed Carry