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Concealed Carry Information

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
Concealed Weapons Licensing Unit
12100 Snow Rd. Suite 15
Parma, OH 44130
(216) 443-5587

Click here to download a copy of the CCW  Information

Concealed Carry Information

To better serve the citizens applying for a CCW License, Renewing an existing CCW License, or in need of a Web-Check (Electronic Fingerprinting), the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office Concealed Weapons Licensing Unit is implementing an online scheduling program.

Qualified individuals wishing to obtain a license to lawfully carry a concealed handgun must schedule their appointment using the link located below.



We do not take walk-in applicants for the CCW or Web-Check (Electronic Fingerprinting).
Applications are processed by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

NOTE: Ohio's Concealed Carry Law has changed effective March 27, 2013.  Please refer to the Ohio Attorney General's website for details at ( www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov )

MONDAYS
9:00am - 4:30pm

WEDNESDAYS
 9:00am - 6:00pm 

THURSDAYS and FRIDAYS
 9:00am - 4:00pm


This following information is being provided so as to give citizens guidance in applying for a Concealed Carry Permit in Cuyahoga County.

DO NOT BRING YOUR FIREARM TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

  1. You must be at least 21 years of age, and first obtain the twelve (12) hours of weapons proficiency
    training as required by law. (Classes are to consist of a minimum of 10 hours Classroom and 2 hours
    live-fire range training.) THIS TRAINING IS NOT OFFERED BY THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. To locate a class, check with local sporting goods stores, gun shops, clubs, colleges, etc..
  2. Insure the instructors offering the weapons training have a certificate of training from the National Rifle Association or the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy and are certified as instructors to teach firearms training. Ask to see their credentials and certification.
  3. Upon successful completion of the training and receipt of a firearm's training certificate (valid for
    three years from date of issuance) from the training entity, you must obtain a "CCW APPLICATION
    FORM
    " and the "OHIO CONCEALED CARRY LAW PAMPHLET" as prepared by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The forms should be made available to you where you obtained your weapons training or on line at: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

  4. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office will process applications by appointment only at the Cuyahoga County Auto Title Bureau at 12100 Snow Road Suite 15, Parma, Ohio 44130. To schedule an appointment, click the link above.

    DO NOT go to the Justice Center at 1215 West Third St., Cleveland, OH 44113

    CCW applications cannot be processed there.
  5. Only one applicant will be processed at a time. Your completed application, documentation and
    method of payment will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. Your fingerprints will be
    captured through the Web Check (Electronic Fingerprint) system and sent electronically to the Bureau
    of Criminal Investigation and Identification for a background check. If you have not been a resident of
    the State of Ohio for the past 5 consecutive years your fingerprints will also be submitted
    electronically to the FBI. Your photo will also be taken for your CCW License (you are still required to supply the photo for your application). If the Web-check (Electronic Fingerprint) system is unavailable, or we are unable to successfully capture your fingerprints, you will be issued a packet containing a Fingerprint Card and an Exemption Form. This packet is to be taken to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Record’s Division, located on the Third Floor of the Justice Center at 1215 West Third St., Cleveland, OH 44113. They will Ink Roll your fingerprints on the card and mail them to BCI for submission.
  6. You must provide all required documentation (listed below) to conduct the required background
    investigation by the Sheriff's Office. Within 45 days after your application is processed you will then
    be notified by mail upon the issuance of your CCW License. You may bring a postage stamp to speed
    the delivery of your CCW License but it is not required. If you should have any questions about
    something that you believe to be in your background you should contact an attorney prior to applying.
    (See the Eligibility Guidelines )
  7. You will be contacted by certified return receipt mail, to advise you if your application has been
    denied and the reason for the denial. The appeal process will also be explained in the certified letter if
    your application is denied.
  8. In an effort to make the application process efficient, you are asked to show to your scheduled
    appointment on time, have your application completed and signed prior to arrival, and have all
    required documentation (listed below). If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please
    following the instructions located in your confirmation e-mail at least 24-48 hours in advance so we
    can make that time available to another applicant.

**Failure to provide the required documentation at the time of your appointment
may cause your appointment to be rescheduled.**


Any questions anyone may have concerning the Carrying Concealed Weapons law or applying for a "TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT" can be directed to the Sheriff’s Office by contacting (216) 443-5587.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

If you are applying for the FIRST TIME, you need the following: 
  • Current Application (can be obtained at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov )
  • Original Training Certificate and one photo copy
  • Current State of Ohio Driver's License or State of Ohio issued Identification Card
  • Current "Ohio's Concealed Carry Law" book (we can provide one if you do not have it)
  • One Color “Passport-sized” (2”x2”) Photo (taken within the last 30 days)
  •  For fees please see the FEE SCHEDULE below

If you are Retired Law Enforcement with a minimum of 15 years of employment, the application fee is waived; also if you are applying for your CCW license no longer than 5 years from your date of retirement; the following documentation replaces the training certificate:

  • Department issued Retired Identification Card
  • Letter from your agency stating you years of employment, and that you have left in good standing.
  • Most recent range scores

If at the time you are applying, you have exceeded five years from date of retirement but currently qualify for the H.R. 218 (LEOSA) license you may submit those range scores also in lieu of a training certificate. If you have not qualified within 5 years from your date of retirement, you will need to take a CCW Course. CCW Training certificates are valid for three years from date of issuance.

If you are an Ohio resident and are Active Duty Military or have an Honorable Discharge with a separation date that does not exceed 6 years from the date of application; the following documentation replaces the training certificate:
  • Military Issued Identification Card (if active duty including Reserves)
  • DD214 showing an honorable discharge within the last 6 years
  • Proof of current weapons training i.e. Range Proficiency, Weapons Card, etc.

If you are an out of state resident but are stationed in Cuyahoga County as Active Duty Military you will need the above documentation including your military orders placing you here in Cuyahoga County.

If you are RENEWING your current license, you will need the following:
(In order to prevent a lapse in your license the State of Ohio allows you to apply for a renewal up to 90 days prior to the expiration date listed on your license)
  • Current Application (can be obtained at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov )
  • Current State of Ohio Driver's License or State of Ohio issued Identification Card
  • Current Concealed Handgun License
  • One Color “Passport-sized” (2”x2”) Photo (taken within the last 30 days)
  • For fees please see the FEE SCHEDULE below

*FIRST RENEWAL:

It is NOT necessary to attach a copy of your training certificate to your renewal application. Present your valid or expired Ohio Concealed Carry License with your application.

*SECOND & SUBSEQUENT RENEWAL(S):

NOTE:
ON MARCH 27, 2013, HB 495 BECAME LAW; AND ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT TO OBTAIN A "RENEWED COMPETENCY" CERTIFICATE PRIOR TO OBTAINING THE SECOND (OR SUBSEQUENT) RENEWAL OF A CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE.

If you are currently renewing your license for the second or subsequent time, no additional training is necessary.

If you are in need of a Replacement license due to your original license being lost or stolen you will need to schedule an appointment. To that appointment you will need to bring the following items listed below. (Upon completion of your appointment you will be issued a replacement card prior to leaving.)
  • Current State of Ohio Driver's License or State of Ohio issued Identification Card
  • A police report showing that you have reported your license lost or stolen
  • For fees please see the FEE SCHEDULE below
If you should need to report a change of address you can simply mail this office a letter that includes:
  • Name
  • CCW License Number
  • Old Address
  • New Address
Mail it to the following:
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Concealed Weapons Licensing Unit
12100 Snow Rd. Suite 15
Parma, OH 44130

Once your letter is processed we will update your information in our system. If you want your current CCW license updated with your new address, you will need to schedule an appointment; the fee is the same as a replacement.

Name changes
need to be processed in person; the fee is the same as a replacement.
  • Current State of Ohio Driver's License or State of Ohio issued Identification Card with your new legal name listed
  • Marriage Certificate or a Journal entry from Probate Court stating your new legal name signed by a judge/magistrate
FEE SCHEDULE

(All fees are Non-Refundable):

New Issue - Resident for more than 5 continuous years:
New Issue - Resident for less than 5 continuous years:
Renewal - Resident for more than 5 continuous years:
Renewal - Resident for less than 5 continuous years:
Temporary Emergency - Resident for more than 5 continuous years:
Temporary Emergency - Resident for less than 5 continuous years:
Replacement:
 $67.00
 $91.00
 $50.00
 $74.00
 $37.00
 $61.00
$15.00

One of the following methods of payment must be made payable to the Cuyahoga County Treasurer:
MONEY ORDER
• CASHIER’S CHECK
• CERTIFIED BANK CHECK
• We will not accept Cash, Personal or Business Checks

*Note: Payments not made payable to "The Cuyahoga County Treasurer" will not be accepted. This may cause your appointment to be rescheduled.

* Note: An Applicant who knowingly gives a false answer to any question or submits false information or a false document with the application may be prosecuted for FALSIFICATION TO OBTAIN A CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE. A FELONY of the FOURTH DEGREE, in violation of section 2921.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 In the Attorney General’s publication, “CCW “stands for “carrying a concealed weapon” and refers to the Ohio license to carry a concealed handgun pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.125. The publication is a summary of prevailing firearms and self defense laws and may be updated without notice. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a lawyer or common sense. The Revised Code is available online and also may be found at law libraries and some public libraries. Citizens are encouraged to read the law themselves and use that publication as a guide.

For the most up-to-date information on carrying a concealed handgun, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

APPLICANT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:
1. If applicant has been charged or under indictment for:
o Any felony
o Misdemeanor offense of violence
o Negligent assault
o Falsification to obtain carry concealed license
o Possess a revoked or suspended carry concealed license
o Including conspiracy, complicity, or attempt to commit any of the above offenses

2. If applicant has been CONVICTED or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses:
o Any felony
o Resisting arrest
o Assault on a peace officer
o Including conspiracy, complicity, or attempt to commit any of the above offenses

3. If applicant has been convicted or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses within 3 years:
o A misdemeanor offense of violence
o Assault (903.13)
o Aggravated Menacing (2903.21)
o Menacing by Stalking (2903.21.1)
o Menacing (2903.22)
o Arson (2909.03)
o Riot (2917.03)
o Domestic Violence (2919.25)
o Endangering Children (2919.22)
o Intimidation Victim/Witness (2921.04)
o Escape (2919.22)
o Discharge of Firearm at or into habitation or school safety zone (2923.16.1)

4. Ever convicted or charged with an offense of violence ORC 2901.01 or an offense, other than a traffic offense, under an existing or former municipal ordinance or law of its or any other state or the United States, committed purposely or knowingly, and involving physical harm to persons or a risk of serious physical harm to persons. This includes any conspiracy or attempt to commit, or complicity in committing any offense of violence.

5. If applicant has been convicted or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses within 5 years:
o 2 or more assaults, or 2 or more negligent assaults

6. If applicant has been convicted or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses within 10 years. Resisting arrest

7. If applicant is or has been: adjudicated mentally incompetent; committed to any mental institution; been found by a court to be a mentally ill person; subject to hospitalization by court order; or an involuntary patient other than for purposes or observation.

8. The person is drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic.

9. If applicant is subject to any temporary protection order or civil protection order in Ohio or any other state.