**ATTENTION VETERANS** The 1.5 million dollars alloted for veterans to obtain a Concealed Handgun License free of charge, has been depleted for the year. Veterans will now have to pay the standard fees for new and renewal licenses. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and will alert you when or if the funds are once again available.
Currently, applications are taken Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 3:45 pm with extended hours until 5:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED. Applications are not accepted due to office being closed on these legal holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving and Friday
NEW CHL APPLICATIONS
We need YOU TO BRING a completed CURRENT* application; a passport sized photo, color and taken within the last 30 days, that WILL STAY WITH YOUR PAPER APPLICATION; your driver's license, and a training certificate dated within the last 3 years. The photo for your CHL PERMIT CARD will be taken on the day of application. If you are an active duty military personnel or you have been honorably discharged, we do not need a training certificate, a military issued ID showing your active status or a DD-214 showing honorable discharge will suffice. If you have been a resident of Ohio for the last 5 years, the cost is $67. If you have not been a resident of Ohio for the last five years, the cost is $77. If you live in a state other than Ohio but work in the state of Ohio the cost is $77. We accept only BANK CERTIFIED CHECKS or MONEY ORDER made out to Erie County Sheriff's Office. We DO NOT ACCEPT personal checks, business checks, credit cards, nor cash.
RENEWAL CHL APPLICATIONS
We need a completed CURRENT* application, your current permit, and driver’s license. If address differs from driver's license, you must bring proof of current residence. We do not require a photo for the application, however, we will take a new photo for the permit the day you apply. No requalification is required. The cost is $50. We accept only BANK CERTIFIED CHECK or MONEY ORDER made out to Erie County Sheriff’s Office. We DO NOT ACCEPT personal checks, business checks, credit cards, nor cash.
Applications may be found on this web page
The State of Ohio gives us 45 days to process applications. While we try to complete them in less time, some do take the full 45 days.
Completed CHL permits are mailed upon completion. They can also be picked up per your request, during regular CHL hours.
If you have any questions feel free to call the CHL office at 419-625-7951 ext. 6256.
CURRENT* = Rev.3/15 which appears on page 5, lower right corner.