Oregon permit process

How To Get Your Oregon 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 Oregon's concealed carry laws. Applying for a CHL varies by state.

Read about the process for getting a Oregon Concealed Handgun License below.

Steps To Get A Oregon Concealed Carry Permit


COMPLETE a firearms training course


DOWNLOAD and complete an application or pick one up from your local sheriff's office


GATHER your documents. You will need:

  • Your completed application
  • Training course certificate
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope in which to mail your license
  • Two forms of ID

VISIT your local sheriff's office and bring your documentation.

You will be fingerprinted.



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

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What Are the Firearms Training Requirements in Oregon?

Applicants are required to complete firearms training in Oregon. You can meet the handgun competency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete a hunters’ safety course approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife or similar agency, if handgun training was a component of the course
  • Completion of any firearm safety or training course available to the general public offered by law enforcement, a community college or private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, if the instructors were certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency and if the course had a handgun safety component
  • Provide a copy of your DD214 if it indicates you have been trained with a handgun, sidearm or pistol
  • Present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military experience

What Are the Oregon License to Carry a Handgun Requirements?

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Demonstrate competence with a handgun;
  • Provide proof of residency (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.);
  • Have a current address on his or her driver’s license;
  • Be a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a felony;
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a misdemeanor within the 4 years prior to the application;
  • Not have been committed to the Oregon Health Authority;
  • Not have been found to be mentally ill and not be subject to an order that the person be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness;
  • Have no outstanding warrants for his or her arrest;
  • Not have been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances or have participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program including a misdemeanor conviction for the possession of marijuana (unless it is the person’s first conviction or drug diversion);
  • Not be on any form of pretrial release;
  • Not be registered as a sex offender in any state;
  • Not have been discharged from the jurisdiction of a juvenile court in the previous 4 years if under such jurisdiction for committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony or a misdemeanor;
  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Not be subject to a citation for stalking or a protective order issued pursuant to certain statutory provisions; 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 Oregon.

What are the Fees and Terms?

$100 for Initial Permit, Plus $15 for Background Check

$75 for Permit Renewals

Valid for Four Years from Date of Issue

45 Day Processing

Where Can I Find Application Forms?



What Concealed Carry Permit Options Exist Based on Residency?

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Sheriffs "may issue" licenses to residents of contiguous states with compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need. The process is the same as for residents.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Oregon and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?Oregon issues licenses to residents and residents of contiguous states with compelling business interests or other legitimate demonstrated needs only. You can apply for your license with the sheriff of your county once you provide proof of residency with your current address (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.) or, if you are a resident of a contiguous state, once you provide a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.

Moving from Oregon and have an Oregon resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Oregon license remains valid?If a person with an Oregon resident concealed handgun 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 Oregon?

An otherwise expired concealed handgun license continues to be valid for up to 45 days after the licensee applies for renewal if:

  • The licensee applies for renewal before the original license expires;
  • The licensee has proof of the application for renewal; and
  • The application for renewal has not been denied.

OBTAIN an application from your local sheriff's office or check your county website for a downloadable one


VISIT your local sheriff's office and bring the following:

  • Permit application
  • Your current/expired Concealed Handgun License; and
  • Your Oregon Driver's License.

Pay the fee.


YOU MAY receive a new CHL the same day. If not, you will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

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