Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Concealed Carry

Q:  I moved, do I need to notify the sheriff? 

A:   Yes. If you still reside in the same county, or in an adjacent county to the original county of residence, you will be issued a new CHL printed with your new address. You may be charged a $15 fee. If you move beyond an adjacent county, you will need to apply for a CHL as a new applicant. 

Q:  Is my Ohio CHL valid in other states? 

A:   Ohio has reciprocity agreements with several states. This means that your license is valid in that state, and their license is valid in Ohio. Some states also have laws automatically recognizing the licenses of other states. Check with the state you are visiting to determine if your license is valid and what laws you need to be aware of. In general, you follow the laws of the state you are visiting. 

Q:  I lost my CHL. How do I get a new one? 

A:   Return to the issuing Sheriff to report your license missing and be issued a new one. There is a $15 fee for re-issuance.

Q:  I lost my training certificate. How do I get a new one?

A:  You must go back to your original instructor to replace your training certification documents. The Sheriff is required by law to destroy all submitted materials other than the original application, so will not have a copy of your training certificate. 

Q:  What if my Ohio CCW expired?   

A:  Your license remains valid for 30 days after the expiration date. ... You must fill out a new application, provide fingerprints, and pay the required license fee. You must submit proof of competency certification, such as: A previously issued Ohio concealed carry license.

Q:  How long is Ohio CCW good for? 

A:  It is the student's responsibility to ensure the instructor meets these requirements. Training is valid for three years to apply for a new CHL. You can renew your license beginning 90 days before the expiration date and any time after. Your license remains valid for 30 days after the expiration date.