CCW Permits & Background Checks

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***Effective October 1st, 2020*** 

Governor Dewine signed House Bill 614 which states if your license is scheduled to expire between March  9, 2020 and June 30, 2021, the expiration date is extended by 90 days or until June 30, 2021, whichever is later.

House Bill 614 also allows residents of Ohio to apply for a license or renew a license at ANY Sheriff’s office in Ohio. You are not limited to your home county or an adjacent county. This expires on June 30, 2021.

***Effective July 3rd, 2020*** 

As a friendly reminder, face masks will be required when entering the Sheriff's Office Headquarters building located at 345 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, OH 45422 per the new Mandatory Face Mask Ordinance issued by the City of Dayton that went into effect on July 3rd, 2020 at 8:00am.  

Details on the ordinance can be found by clicking here.  
Frequently asked questions about the new ordinance can be found by visiting the City of Dayton website.

Please note: C.C.W. permits can be renewed anytime following the expiration date without penalty. 

 ***Effective April 17th, 2020:*** 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be reopening the Concealed Carry Department located at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters at 345 W. 2nd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45422 on Monday, April 20th, 2020.  Concealed Carry applicants will be accepted by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (Thursday appointments were made effective August 5th, 2020) and Fridays (Friday appointments were made effective, June 9th, 2020).  Background Check applicants will be accepted on Tuesdays.

Only the person who is applying will be permitted into the building for their appointment.  Those entering the building must have a mask on.  Hours of operation may increase depending on the recommendations from local health officials.

Services that will be reopening include: Applying or Renewing for your concealed carry permit, and Webcheck background checks.  Residents can schedule or reschedule their previously cancelled appointment slot by visiting:  

***If you are applying or reapplying for your Concealed Carry Permit, you MUST have your application completed upon arrival.  We accept Cash, Check, or Money Order for payment (no credit/debit cards accepted).***

Fingerprinting for fingerprint cards continue to be suspended (until further notice). 

The Sheriff’s Office has requested that applicants applying or renewing their Concealed Carry Permits fill out the application ahead of time for their appointment. The application can be found on the Attorney General’s website by visiting:

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C.C.W. Hotline - (937) 225-4216

Download a printable C.C.W. checklist!

Attention C.C.W. Instructors and Applicants!! Check your certificates! In order for your C.C.W. training certificate to meet the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, there is certain wording that needs to be either on the certificate somewhere or on a separate affidavit provided by the instructor. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office WILL NOT accept your certificate if it does not have the following wording on it because the certificate DOES NOT meet the C.C.W. requirements:

"The instructor of this course attests that the course met the requirements described in Section 2923.125(G)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code and that the applicant passed the competency examination described in Section 2923.125(G)(2) of the Ohio Revised Code."

This does NOT apply to military personnel who provide the military weapons training record or DD214 in lieu of the training certificate (DD214 must have a weapons qualification if you did not take the Ohio CCW class).


Senate Bill-81 allows for veterans to receive a no-cost CCW license. If you are an active, reserve, or retired member of the armed forces, or were honorably discharged, there is no fee to apply for a new or renewal license. You must present an active duty ID or a copy of your form DD-214 showing an honorable discharge at the time of application. NOTE: An applicant’s DD-214 must read “Honorable” or “Honorable Discharge” in the Character of Service box. “General Discharge”, “General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions”, or similar language does not meet the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code to obtain a fee free license.

If you are applying for a new Conceal Carry Permit under Senate Bill 81 you must also provide a weapons qualification. This can be on your DD214 (expert sharpshooter, marksmanship, etc.) or on a qualification page (AF 522, ect.). If you do not have a weapons qualification you must take the class and provide your certificate when applying. Your DD214 will allow you to get a free permit.

The Attorney General monitors the number of license fees waived statewide and caps the total amount allowed to be waived at $1.5 million each year. When the funds are depleted statewide, the fee will no longer be waived until November 5th of the following year.

Senate Bill 81 also allows a CCW license holder to renew their license at any time before or after the expiration date.


EFFECTIVE September 8, 2016, Ohio House Bill 523 legalized medical marijuana in Ohio and created the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP). The MMCP allows individuals with certain medical conditions to purchase and use medical marijuana upon the recommendation of an Ohio-licensed physician certified by the State Medical Board.

However, federal law (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3)) prohibits any person “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802))” from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition. Marijuana is listed in the federal controlled substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance.

There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana used for medical purposes – even if such use is sanctioned by state law.

Therefore, even if you are legally using medical marijuana under the MMPC, you may be denied an Ohio Concealed Handgun License and may be prohibited carrying a concealed handgun under federal law.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office accepts completed Ohio Concealed Carry applications from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. No Appointment is Required. Completed applications must be submitted in person at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Headquarters, 2nd Floor, 345 West Second Street, Dayton, Ohio.

An applicant must be a resident of Montgomery County (or an adjoining county: Butler, Preble, Clark, Darke, Warren, Miami, or Greene). Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not a fugitive from justice. Many criminal offenses will bar an applicant from obtaining a license. For further detailed information, visit the State of Ohio Attorney General's web site at

Applicants must at the time of a NEW or RENEWAL application:

    1. Submit a completed application form (downloadable from the Attorney General's web site along with a color 2-inch by 2-inch passport type photo attached to the form. If you do not provide a photograph, we can provide this service for an additional $6.00. (If renewing, and your Original Permit was issued by Montgomery County, you will not be charged for the photograph since we already have one on file. If renewing and your Original Permit was issued through a different County, you must either provide a photograph or we can provide the service for the $6 fee). Permits expire 5 years after the issue date. Applicants for renewal should plan accordingly and renew as soon as possible to prevent any gap in their permit validity.
    2. Submit a certificate of completion of a firearms safety courses offered by or under the auspices of the NRA or other certification as specified in ORC 2923.125.

    1. For NEW applicants, the certificate of completion must be dated within three years of the time the application is submitted.
    2. For Renewal applicants, a valid Ohio CCW license or expired Ohio CCW license. Licensee should provide the CCW License to the Sheriff's Office at the time of renewal as proof.
    3. For military personnel, in lieu of the above mentioned training certificate, applicants may submit a military firearms qualification form. These forms, commonly referred to as a 522 form (AF-522, DD-522, etc.).
  1. Present a valid Ohio drivers license or Ohio ID card and the CCW permit, if renewing.
  2. New Applicants will pay a fee of $67 dollars by Cash, Check or Money Order.  Please make checks or money orders payable to MCSO. Renewals will pay $50 by Cash, Check, or Money Order. Persons who have been a resident of Ohio for less than 5 years must also pay an additional federal background check fee of ten-dollars ($10.00). For retired Law Enforcement Officers, you should bring your Retirement I.D. Card issued from your agency. The fee is waived for retired Law Enforcement.
  3. Submit to fingerprinting necessary to conduct a background check.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will inform applicants by telephone when the application has been approved and the permit is ready to be picked up. Applicants will be informed in writing by mail if an application has been denied along with the reason for the denial. No information about the status of a pending application will be provided by telephone. Allow up to 45 business days after application submission to receive the permit.

Permit holders are required to notify the issuing Sheriff of any address changes that occur once a Permit is issued. Address change requests must be made in writing with a photocopy of your permit attached. Requests may be mailed to The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 345 W. Second St., Attn: CCW Dayton, OH 45422. It is OPTIONAL, not required, to get a permit card reprinted after an address change. If you desire a new permit after an address change, the fee is $15 and the request must be made in person at 345 W. Second St. in Downtown Dayton. Replacement Permits may also be issued for lost, stolen, or damaged permits for a $15 fee. Those requests must also be made in person at 345 W. Second St. It is a felony to carry a firearm into the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office or any Montgomery County building.

It is a felony to carry a firearm into the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office or any Montgomery County building.



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