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Lake County, Ohio - Sheriff's Office

Concealed Carry

    Office of Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

    Concealed Handgun License / Fingerprinting /  Background Checks

     

    Normal Business Hours:
    84 N. State Street (side entrance)
    Painesville, Ohio 44077
    Phone: (440)350-5858   FAX: (440)350-5858

    •  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday     8am to 4:00 pm 
    •  Thursdays   11:30am- 6:30pm
    •  No Friday, Saturday or Sunday Hours

    Our online schedular only schedules up to 90 days in advance.  If you attempt to schedule an appointment and the scheduler shows there are no open appointments then we are currently booked out please feel free to keep checking back for any cancelations. Please note that the Governor DeWine signed House Bill 614 which extends the expiration date of Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses that falls during the state of emergency in Ohio, declared by Executive Order 2020-01D.  

    ​If your concealed handgun license (CHL) 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.

    Until June 30, 2021, you can apply for a Concealed Handgun License OR renew your Concealed Handgun License at ANY sheriff office in Ohio. You are not limited to your home county or an adjacent county.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

    Sheriff Frank Leonbruno

     


     

    CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSING (CHL)

     

    Individuals who wish to apply for a Concealed Handgun License may do so by clicking this link to schedule a required appointment, Schedule Appointment

    Hours of operation are:

    Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s    7:40am-4:00pm (Closed between 12-1)

    Thursdays 11:30am-6:30pm (closed between 2:30-3:30)

    The applicant must be at least 21 years of age when applying and bring the following information when they come in for their appointment.Failure to provide any of the below documentation at the applicants scheduled time may delay the process or the appointment maybe canceled.

    First Time applicants need the following:

    Completed current application.

    Original or copy of training certificate OR credentials mentioned below for active duty or honorably discharged veterans.

    Current Ohio Driver’s License or Ohio State ID, or any other current government issued identification.

    Fee (see below)

    1st Time renewals will need the following:

    Completed current application.

    Current Ohio Driver’s License or Ohio State ID or any other current government issued identification.

    Concealed Handgun License (Valid or Expired) from any county in the State of Ohio OR original training certificate.

    Fee (see below)

    2nd Time renewals will need the following:

    Completed current application.

    Current Ohio Driver’s License or Ohio State ID or any other current government issued identification.

    Concealed Handgun License (Valid or Expired) from any county in the State of Ohio OR original training certificate.

    Fee (see below)

    Fees (Non-Refundable):

    ACTIVE DUTY OR HONORABLY DISCHARGED MILITARY VETERANS ARE AT NO COST FOR FIRST TIME APPLICATION OR RENEWALS AS LONG AS THE STATE OF OHIO HAS FUNDS AVAILABLE OUT OF THE $1.5 MILLION THAT IS FUNDED EVERY YEAR ON NOVEMBER 5th.ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY APPPLICANT MUST SHOW CURRENT IDENTIFICATION SHOWING AN ACTIVE STATUS AND HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR DD214 THAT INDICATES HONORABLY DISCHARGED.

    First time applicant, Ohio resident for 5 or more years:  $67.00

    First time applicant, Ohio resident for less than 5 years:  $78.25

    Renewals, Ohio resident for 5 or more years:  $50.00

    Renewals, Ohio resident for less than 5 years:  $61.25

    Emergency, Ohio resident for 5 or more years:  $37.00

    Emergency, Ohio resident for less than 5 years:  $48.25.

    Replacement for lost/stolen license a police report must be filed and brought in with you:  $15.00 fee.

    • Change of address: If you would like to change your address in our computer system and not receive another card you may fill this form and email or mail it to our office.
    • CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM
    • EMAIL
    • If you would like to receive a new card, then you must appear in our office and the fee is $15.00
    • Money Order
    • Certified bank check

    Following methods of payment that are accepted for CHL are:

    CASH, MONEY ORDER or CERTIFIED BANK CHECK are only forms of payment accepted.

    Only Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Cuyahoga Counties may apply for a CHL through the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. New applications, renewals and temporary application forms can be downloaded from the link below or filled out at your appointment time, https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Forms/Forms-for-Law-Enforcement/Concealed-Carry-License-and-Renewal-Application.aspx.

    The Sheriff’s Office has up to 45 days for processing of your application.  Upon processing completion, you will be contacted by phone and advised that your license is ready for pick up, unless the applicant signed a waiver and provided a self-addresses envelope with two forever stamps.  You will be contacted in writing by certified mail should your application be denied.

    Any questions you may have concerning a Temporary Emergency Permit can be directed to Lake County Sheriff’s CHL Office at 440-350-5676 during normal business hours and afterhours may contact the Lake County Records Division 440-350-5620. Only person(s) residing in Lake County can apply for a Temporary Emergency Permit with our office.

     

    ELECTRONIC BACKGROUND CHECKS

    (not for concealed handgun licensing)

    If you are coming to have a Webcheck or Fingerprinting obtained these will still be taken on a walk-in basis. If you are coming in for a Webcheck for employment, please know where the background results are being mailed to and a have photo identification.

    The fees are as follows:

    BCI- $40.00

    FBI- $40.00

    Note:If you need both BCI and FBI- $80.00

    Following methods of payment that are accepted for Electronic Backgroud Checks are:

    CASH, MONEY ORDER or CERTIFIED BANK CHECK are only forms of payment accepted.