The Allen County Sheriff’s Office performs fingerprinting and accepts completed Ohio Concealed Carry applications from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Cash and checks, both personal and business, are accepted forms of payment for fingerprinting and CCWs. Credit and debit cards are also accepted, however, an additional 2% convenience fee will be added.
Completed CCW applications must be submitted in person at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, CCW Section, 333 North Main St., Lima, Ohio 45801.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office conducts civilian electronic fingerprint background checks (WebCheck) for employment and licensing. All WebChecks will be done through the Concealed Carry Section (419) 993-1412 on Monday thru Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Inked and rolled fingerprint card background checks can only be done if an electronic impression cannot be made and will require an additional waiver form with the Identification Bureau.
The fee schedule for the costs of this service is:
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office will ensure that each application is thoroughly checked, fingerprints are completed, and the required background investigations are completed within the 45 days allowed by law.
Ensure that you have everything required in order for the application process to run as smoothly as possible. You are required by law to read through the Concealed Carry Booklet prior to signing the application. After reading through the booklet, please be sure that you qualify as an applicant. Many criminal offenses will bar an applicant from obtaining a license. If you do not qualify as an applicant, and you continue with the application process, not only will you lose your non-refundable application fee, but you may also be subject to prosecution for Falsification to Obtain a Concealed Carry Handgun License, a 4th degree felony.
Additional information about concealed carry may be found on the State of Ohio Attorney General’s website by clicking on the link below. You can also download the applications and booklet from this site: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Concealed-Carry
Before your application can be processed, you must have the following items:
Before your license can be renewed, you must have the following items:
(License valid for only 90 days)
Before your temporary emergency application can be processed, you must have the following items:
1. You must be at least 21 years of age, a legal resident of the United States, and an Allen County resident.
2. You must not have applied for or received a Temporary Emergency Concealed Carry Handgun License within the past four years.
3. You must not be a fugitive from justice or subject to any of the same disqualifiers as for the standard concealed carry license.
4. You must present “evidence of imminent danger” by either of the following:
5. Application fee (listed below). This fee is non-refundable, even if you stop the application process for any reason. (If you are a retired peace officer, federal law enforcement officer or natural resources officer [ORC 109.77(B)(1)(b)], the fee requirement is waived. However, you must have documentation to show your date of retirement.)
6. You must have your completed application. Do not sign the application until you present it to the office. You will sign it there in the presence of an Allen County Sheriff’s Office Notary. This is also an affidavit of imminent danger.
7. You must provide a color photograph (head and shoulders passport type) taken within the past 30 days. If you do not have a photo, we can take one for an additional $5.00.
8. You must have your fingerprints electronically scanned through the WebCheck system, or a 10 print fingerprint card if WebCheck is unavailable.
9. You do not have to have to have a Firearms Training Certificate. This allows you to obtain the required training prior to applying for the standard license.
10. If you know you have a disqualifying offense, please do not submit the application.
Upon submission of the completed application, the Sheriff shall immediately conduct a background check. When all of the background check results are submitted, the Sheriff shall immediately review results. If approved, the license information will be entered into LEADS and the license will immediately be issued. This process can take several days due to the required background checks. Do not expect to have your license the same day that you apply for it.
Other things to know about the Ohio CCW application process and licenses:
Cash and checks, both personal and business, are accepted forms of payment. Credit and debit cards are accepted, however an additional 2% convenience fee will be added.
Fee for Standard Concealed Carry License:
Fee for Temporary Emergency Concealed Carry License:
Fee for Application Photo
The training requirements for obtaining a Concealed Carry Permit are very strict and mandated by the Ohio Revised Code. A list of the necessary training can be found in the Concealed Carry Booklet.
Felonies, drug convictions, offenses of violence (including Domestic Violence), protection orders, and mental incompetence will disqualify you from obtaining a Concealed Carry Permit. These disqualifiers are more fully explained in the Concealed Carry Booklet.
Various places may be posted with a sign prohibiting concealed weapons. A valid Concealed Carry Permit does NOT allow a licensee to carry into those establishments. The Concealed Carry Licensee is prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon in any of the places listed in the Concealed Carry Booklet even if the places are not posted with signs.
The State of Ohio has entered into reciprocity agreements with other states that provides for the recognition in this state of a license to carry a concealed handgun issued on a temporary or emergency basis by the other license-issuing state. This reciprocity is based upon whether the concealed carry eligibility requirements imposed by that license-issuing state are substantially comparable to the eligibility requirements for a concealed carry license issued in this state and whether that license-issuing state recognizes the Ohio concealed carry license.
Before entering into any other states with which we have reciprocity, or which recognizes Ohio’s permit without reciprocity, it is highly advisable that you check with that state to determine the exact requirements of carrying concealed in that state.