Oklahoma permit process

How To Get Your Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit

Whether you're new to owning a firearm or have had a gun for home defense for years, getting a concealed handgun permit may seem daunting. It doesn't have to be. There are many reasons and ways to carry a concealed weapon, but the first step is knowing Oklahoma's concealed carry laws. Applying for a SDAL varies by state.

Read about the process for getting a Oklahoma Self-Defense Act License below.

Steps To Get A Oklahoma Concealed Carry Permit


COMPLETE a firearm safety class. The date on the certificate must be within the last three years.

Additionally, read the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.


APPLY online. You can also download and complete a physical copy, or pick up a physical application at the local sheriff's office.


VISIT your local sheriff's office of the county in which you reside. You will need:

  • Application summary from online application OR
  • Completed hard copy application
  • Two color passport-style photos
  • Driver’s license or state ID card
  • Training certificate


You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

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What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Oklahoma?

Applicants must successfully complete an eight-hour firearms safety and training course from a certified SDAL firearms instructor and demonstrate competency and qualification with a pistol authorized for carry by the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. Course content shall include:

  • A safety inspection of the firearm to be used by the applicant
  • Instruction on handling, safety and storage
  • Dynamics of ammunition and firing
  • Methods or positions for firing a handgun
  • Information about the criminal provisions of Oklahoma law relating to firearms
  • The requirements of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act
  • Self-defense and the use of appropriate force
  • A practice shooting session
  • A familiarization course

Per Oklahoma Statutes Citationized 21-53-290.15 there are training exemptions for:

  • Firearms instructors
  • Active duty or reserve duty law enforcement officers and retired law enforcement officers
  • Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) certified armed security officers, armed guards and correctional officers
  • Active-duty members of the military, National Guard or military reserve who are legal residents of Oklahoma, or that have been honorably discharged within 20 years preceding the date of the application
  • Retired peace officers in good standing from a law enforcement agency located in another state who are legal residents of Oklahoma and have received training equivalent to the training required for CLEET certification in this state
  • Any person who is otherwise deemed qualified for a training exemption by CLEET

What Are the Oklahoma License to Carry a Handgun Requirements?

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age or at least 18 years old and is a member of the military, reserves or honorably discharged veteran;
  • Be a citizen of the United States with established residency in the State of Oklahoma or a lawful permanent resident in the United States and have established residency in the State of Oklahoma;
  • Have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or state photo identification card;
  • Be knowledgeable of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class or obtained an exemption;
  • Not have any false or misleading statements on the application for a handgun license;
  • Not have a felony conviction or be subject to an outstanding felony warrant;
  • Not have been adjudicated incompetent;
  • Not have attempted suicide or had any other condition relating to or indicating mental instability or an unsound mind within the last 10 years;
  • Not be currently undergoing treatment for a mental illness, condition or disorder;
  • Not have any convictions for the following offenses:
    • assault and battery,
    • stalking,
    • a violation relating to the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act, or any violation of a victim protection order of another state,
    • any conviction relating to illegal drug use or possession, or
    • an act of domestic abuse or domestic assault and battery;
  • Not have 2 or more convictions for public intoxication in last 3 years;
  • Not have 2 or more convictions for driving under the influence and/or intoxication in last 3 years;
  • Have no significant character defects evidenced by a misdemeanor criminal record indicating habitual criminal activity; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Oklahoma.

What are the Fees and Terms?

Variable Processing - 14 Days for Sheriff's Office, 60-90 Days for State Bureau of Investigation Pending Exceptions

$85-170 Permit Renewal Pending Five or Ten Year Permit

Permits Valid for Five or Ten Years from Date of Issue

$100-200 Initial Permit pending Five or Ten Year Permit

Where Can I Find Application Forms?

What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Licenses granted only to active-duty military personnel and their spouses stationed in Oklahoma. ​The process is the same as for residents.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Oklahoma and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply? Is your resident license from your former state transferable to Oklahoma? Oklahoma issues licenses to residents and active duty military personnel and their spouses stationed in Oklahoma. You can apply for your license once you have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or state photo identification card, meet the military requirements or if you are a spouse of an active duty member of the military. 

Moving from Oklahoma and have an Oklahoma resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Oklahoma license remains valid?If a person with an Oklahoma Self-Defense Act license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.

How Do I Renew My Concealed Carry Permit in Oklahoma?

Renewals can be made within the period beginning 90 days before the licenses expiry date. Renewals for licenses that expired less than 3 years ago are also accepted, however there is a late fee. If a license has expired more than 3 years ago it cannot be renewed and a new application process must be started.


COMPLETE your online application, or download an application


VISIT your local sheriff's office. Take the completed application or online summary sheet to the sheriff’s office of the county in which you reside. You will need the following:

  • Two color passport-style photos,
  • Driver’s license or state ID card; and
  • Training certificate. 


Applicants who have applied online, uploaded photo and submitted payment online have completed the process. Other applicants must take or mail the online summary sheet or completed application, along with photographs and required fee to:

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Self-Defense Act Licensing Unit

6600 North Harvey Place

Oklahoma City, OK 73116



You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

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