Concealed Carry Info

Ohio Senate Bill 81 Update


Please read the following notice prior to completing the procedures to obtain a CCW license:

Procedures to Follow

The following is provided to accurately inform the public on the procedures to follow regarding the Carrying Concealed Weapons law that began on April 8th, 2004. This intent of this information is to give citizens guidance in making application for a Concealed Carry Permit in Washington County.

  1. The applicant must first obtain the eight (8) hours of weapons proficiency training as required by the new law. (Check with local sporting goods stores, NRA, or gun clubs).

  2. Ensure 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 from the training entity, the applicant must obtain a CCW Application form from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The forms should be made available to you where you obtained your weapons training or online at The application forms and pamphlets will also be available in the lobby of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Civil Division, 205 Putnam Street, (Courthouse) Marietta, OH, Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. until 3:30 P.M.

  4. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will process applications at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 205 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH.

Applications will be processed and permits will be issued between 9 am until 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Applications will not be processed and permits will not be issued on holidays.

 At this time, no appointment is necessary.


Upon appearance at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to process their application, the applicant must have the following items:

a) their completed application form
b) a copy of the informational pamphlet
c) a current driver’s license or state identification card
d) a passport size color photo taken within the last thirty-days
e) certificate or other document indicating completion of eight hours of training and comply with ORC 2923.125
f) one of the following methods of payment for the NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION


1) money order
2) cashier’s check/certified bank check
3) credit/debit (fees for credit/debit can be found here)


Make payable to “Washington County Sheriff”



  • One applicant will be processed at a time and their completed application, informational pamphlet and method of payment will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy. Fingerprints will be taken for a records check through BCI&I and the FBI.

  • The applicant will provide all the necessary information to conduct the required background investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. The applicant will then be notified of the next step in the process.

  • In an effort to make the application process efficient, easy to follow and available to all citizens wishing to apply the times for accepting applications will change as necessary to better accommodate everyone. This information will be provided to everyone through the media and on the Sheriff’s Office website at

  • Any questions concerning the Carrying Concealed Weapons law or applying for a “TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT” can be directed to Sgt. Smith at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division.

 Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License Renewal Process

The Ohio Revised Code provides for the renewal of a CCW license 90 days prior to the license expiration. If the licensee fails to initiate the renewal process within this period, the CCW license will expire on the expiration date and will no longer be a valid license.

The renewal process of a CCW license requires the applicant to:

  • Present a new application

  • Verify that the applicant has re-read the CCW pamphlet

  • Have had a new passport-sized color photo taken in the past 30 days

  • Provide the original or renewed training certificate of competency

  • Provide valid photo identification

  • The applicant will also be required to submit to fingerprint verification for a background check

The cost of a renewed CCW license is $50 and must be paid for by certified check, cashier’s check or money order.

Upon the successful completion of the background check, a new license will be issued with the original license number and 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 or the issued CCW license is valid for license renewal purposes.

Reciprocity Info

Check the Ohio Attorney General’s website for the latest information on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements.