Concealed Handgun Licenses

The Concealed Handgun License Unit manages all aspects of applying for and the issuance of concealed handgun licenses (CHL). The unit is responsible for investigating applicants and issuing a CHL to those who meet the legal standards set forth by the ORS. This unit also responsible for monitoring existing licenses and, when necessary, revokes licenses for reasons consistent with the law. A secondary function to the CHL unit is public fingerprinting.

Beginning May 2nd, 2023, the online application for Concealed Handgun Licenses will be in effect. If you do not have the ability to apply online, you may come into the office and we will assist you.

You may schedule an appointment online.


To qualify for a concealed handgun license, all applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen or meet Immigration and Naturalization requirements
  • Be a resident of Douglas County Oregon
  • Never have been convicted of a felony
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last four years
  • Have no outstanding warrants, or free on any form of pretrial release
  • Have never been committed to the Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division, or have been found to be mentally ill and subject to an order prohibiting purchasing or possessing firearms because of mental illness.
  • Not be subject to a citation or an order for stalking or an order issued under the Family Abuse Prevention Act
  • Must not be required to register as a sex offender in any state
  • Provide written documentation from a firearms safety course utilizing instructors certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency or participation in the military service with handgun training indicated (See option below to obtain a competency certificate online).
  • Pass an extensive criminal history background check

Oregon State Sheriffs Association Star Badge

Online Competency Course

Complete your handgun training online through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

Requirements and Identification

At the time of your appointment the following must be presented (if not already provided online):

Completed application and appropriate fees

• Proof of competency with a handgun

• Photo Identification

    • Valid Driver’s License or Photo Identification
    • U.S. Passport

• Proof of Citizenship

    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • U.S. Passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • FFS240 (Foreign Service Document) issued at birth
    • Naturalized Citizenship Certificate

• Proof of Residency in Douglas County, Oregon

    • Valid Driver’s License (As long as it’s updated through Department of Motor Vehicles, not required to be listed on your actual ODL)
    • Voter Memorandum Card
    • Recent Oregon Tax Return
    • Current Rent or Lease Agreement
    • Real property ownership

Applicant Fees

  • New Applications: $115
    (Note: This amount includes a fingerprint processing fee)
  • Renewals: $75
  • Transfer from Another County: $30
  • Transfer and Renewal from Another County: $90
  • Address Change within Douglas County or Name Change: $15
  • Duplicate Card: $15
  • Reinstatement: $75

These fees are non-refundable and cover the cost of the background investigation and processing required by law.

Upon completion of the required research, the application will be submitted to the Sheriff for final approval. Upon approval, the completed permit will be delivered to the applicant.

Permits are valid in the state of Oregon and are good for four years from the date of issuance.

How to fill out the online application?

•  Select the correct type of appointment you wish to complete.

• Complete the application in its entirety. All fields marked with a red star are mandatory.

• If you wish to receive text notifications: Be sure to include a valid cell phone number in the ‘Cell Field’ of the telephone number section and click ‘Yes’ in response to ‘Updates via text message?’

• Be sure the email address and contact numbers used on the application are accurate. This is where notifications from Permitium and the Sheriff’s Office will be sent.

• Applicants are responsible for the information they submit. You will not be able to change information on the original application once it has been submitted.

• Upload all requested, required documents as stipulated. If you do not have the ability to do so, please bring them with you at the time of your scheduled appointment.

Public Fingerprinting

The Sheriff's Office does not offer ink rolled fingerprinting. All fingerprints are taken via a computerized system and printed on an FD258 card. 

At the time of your appointment, one form of photo ID is required. Types of ID that are acceptable include:

  • A valid drivers license or state issued ID card
  • A U.S. Passport

Need More Information or Assistance?

For more information call 541-957-2021 or 800-331-6848, ext. 2021.