Concealed carry permits

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The Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association has released the following presentation explaining changes to the Concealed Handgun Licensing requirements under Ohio Senate Bill 215 which take effect on June 13th of this year.  This short video is very informative, and we are passing it along to our residents so they can better understand the law change.

Understanding Senate Bill 215

How to apply


Applications are taken by Appointment Only, contact The Putnam County Sheriff’s office at 419-523-3208 to set up an appointment. Appointments can be made Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You must bring the following to your appointment:
•. Driver’s license
•. Completed application form
•. Firearms Certificate of Competency
•. Cashier’s check or money order for fees
•. Form DD214 if served in military

ATTENTION CCW Instructors – We request that the following information be on the training certificates you provide your students.

     Name, Phone number and location of Training Company
     Name of Instructor and their NRA or OPOTA number
     Name of student
     Date of course completion
     A statement that the course meets or exceeds statutory requirements in ORC 2923.125
     6 hours of academic classroom training and 2 hours of live firing range time training

Below are examples of certificates.

unapproved certificate

approved certificate


New issue Ohio residents for five consecutive years or more$67.00
New issue Ohio residents less than five years $67.00 for application/BCI record check $24 for FBI record check
Renewal $50.00
Renewal resident for less than five years$74.00
Add $3.00 to fees if you do not supply your own current passport picture for application.

Fees are to be paid by Personal Check, Cashier’s check or Money Order Only made payable to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Cash WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All fees are non-refundable.

Fees are waived to all retired law enforcement.

Anyone needing information or interested in taking the required firearms training course may contact Becky Young at 419-523-3184.

Carry Concealed Weapon Renewal Process Information.

The Ohio Revised Code provides for the renewal of a CCW license 90 days prior to and no later than 30 days after the license expires. This provides a 120-day window during which the licensee may begin the renewal process. If the licensee fails to initiate the renewal process within this 120-day period, the CCW license will expire and will no longer be valid.

To renew the CCW license, the applicant must present a new application, re-read the CCW pamphlet, a new passport-sized color photo taken in the past 30 days OR current issued CCW license, and the original training certificate of competency.  The applicant will also be required to submit to fingerprint verification for a background check.  The cost of a renewed CCW license is $50 for Ohio residents of more than 5 years and $79 for Ohio residents who have not lived in Ohio for 5 years.  If you do not have a passport picture one can be provided for an additional fee of $3.  All fees must be paid by a cashier’s check, money order or personal checks.

Upon the successful completion of the background check, a new license will be issued with the original license number with a new date of expiration that is five years from the date of the renewal. During the renewal process, the current license will remain valid, but must be surrendered to the Sheriff’s Office upon issuance of the renewed license.

The original training certificate of competency is valid, provided that the issue date is less than three years prior to the application date.  If the original certificate is older than three years, then a renewed certificate of competency must be obtained with an issue date prior to the expiration of the original certificate.  If more than three years have elapsed since the original certificate issue date, then the entire course must be completed, with a new certificate issued, before a CCW license can be applied for.