Concealed Handgun Licenses

 

The Concealed Carry Law handbook, and updates on the Concealed Carry License can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website at Ohio Attorney Generals Office Concealed Carry Information.

The Concealed Carry License Unit processes first-time and renewal licenses for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. You must schedule an appointment to apply for a new or renewal CCW license.


Scheduling an Appointment

Do not bring your firearm to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

You need to bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to your appointment to receive your CCW / Concealed Handgun License. There are no exceptions to this.

You will receive your license or letter of denial within 45 days from your appointment. Please do not call or inquire about the status of your application before then.

New and Renewal CCW applications are by appointment only. Appointments are available during the following hours:

CCW Appontment Hours
Monday – Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 4pm

To schedule an appointment:

The location of your appointment will be:

Butler County Sheriff’s Office
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

You will need to bring several things with you to complete your appointment. Details are below in the procedure section. Failing to bring necessary items to your appointment could result in a cancellation and re-schedule of your appointment at a later date.


Fees

Fees must be exact amount only. We only accept:

  • cash (exact amount)
  • money orders  payable to: Treasurer of Butler County

We do NOT accept personal checks under any circumstance.

Type Residency Fee
First Time Applicant Ohio Resident 5 or more years $67
First Time Applicant Ohio Resident less than 5 years $77
Renewal Ohio Resident 5 or more years $50
Renewal Ohio Resident less than 5 years $60
Replacement License Ohio Resident $15
Emergency Temporary License Ohio Resident 5 or more years $37
Emergency Temporary License Ohio Resident less than 5 years $47


You do not need to bring a photo to your appointment.

Procedure

Application Form

Blank forms are available online at the State Attorney Generals Office website or may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office at the records window in the lobby.

For original, first-time, license:

  • Completed current application.
  • A copy of your firearms training certificate.
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID card.
  • Exact fees. (See fee chart)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

For a Renewal Application, if original application filed through Butler County:

  • Completed current application.
  • Current CCW license.
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID card.
  • Exact fees. (See fee chart)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

NOTICE: If CCW license expires, after 120 days, new issue fees apply. Renewals must be no more than 90 days in advance of expiration date.

For a renewal Application if original issued by another County:

  • Completed current application.
  • CCW license from other County or a copy of your firearms certificate
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID card
  • Exact fees (See fee chart)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

NOTICE: If CCW license expires, after 120 days, new issue fees apply. Renewals must be no more than 90 days in advance of expiration date.

For a New Application if a CCW has been issued by another State:

  • Completed current application.
  • Copy of your firearms training certificate (must comply with Ohio’s firearms training requirements).
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID.
  • Exact fees (See fee chart)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

For an Out of State Applicant if Employed in the State of Ohio:

  • Completed current application.
  • A copy of your firearms training certificate (must comply with the state of Ohio’s firearms training and safety requirements).
  • Adequate proof of employment in Ohio. (Pay stub, letter from employer)
  • A valid driver’s license of state ID card.
  • Exact fees (See fee chart)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.

For a replacement of Damaged, Lost, or Stolen, etc. License:

  • Police report, affidavit attesting to the loss or destruction of the license.
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID card.
  • Exact fees (See fee chart)

For an Emergency / Temporary License:

  • Completed, current Temporary Emergency CCW application from the Ohio Attorney Generals website.
  • A sworn statement that states he/she has reasonable cause to fear a criminal attack.  Such documents may include temporary protection orders, civil protection orders, a court order, and any report filed with or made by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor.
  • A valid Ohio driver’s license or state ID card
  • Exact fees (See fee chart)

For a Change of Address:

Ohio law requires you to notify the county sheriff’s office at which you obtained your concealed carry license within 45 days after a change of address. Address changes sent by E-Mail are not accepted.

You may download the CCW Address Change Form and send it by US Postal Service to:

Butler County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Concealed Carry License
705 Hanover Street
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

This process, required by law, modifies the record held by our agency in the event you need to be contacted regarding suspension, revocation, or administrative purpose.

If you wish to obtain a CCW license with your new address you may do so by scheduling an appointment. A fee of $15 will be due at the time of your appointment in the form of a money order or official bank check (personal checks are not accepted) already completed and made payable to “Treasurer of Butler County”.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is a renewal application, do I need to take the class again or re-qualify?

No, effective March 2013, you do not need to take the class again.

My CCW is expired. Do I need to do anything different?

If your CCW has been expired more than 30 days, you cannot carry your firearm until you renew the CCW. If it has been expired more than 120 days, you cannot carry and you must pay an increased fee of $67 to renew the CCW.

What if I am active duty military or am retired from the military?

Begging March 21, 2017, active duty military members who have the same or greater training than that required to obtain a concealed carry handgun license, may carry a concealed firearm as a license holder. Qualifying training must be handgun training at least 8 hours with prof of proficiency.

Retirees/former military members will need to provide documentation showing the most recent qualification and will need to provide the DD214 form, which MUST BE DATED WITHIN THE PAS 10 YEARS. You do not need to take the class unless you have been inactive for more than 10 years.

Please read the 2017 Changes to CCW Senate Bill 199 – Active military for more information.

Do you have to live in Ohio to obtain an Ohio CCW?

No.  Out of state residents employed in Ohio can apply for CCW license in the county where employed or in an adjoining county.  Out of state residents applying for an OHIO CCW License must provide adequate proof of that employment and a certificate or similar document that evidences satisfactory completion of a firearms training course that was conducted by an instructor who was certified by a national gun advocacy organization that complies with the state of Ohio’s requirements.

I have a CCW from another county in Ohio but I am moving to Butler County, what do I need to do?

It is the responsibility of the CCW holder to notify the issuing county if there is a change of address. Please notify the county that issued the CCW. Once it is time to renew, then you can schedule an appointment with Butler County. See the procedure section above for detailed Change of Address instructions.


Do not bring your firearm to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.