Concealed Handgun Licenses

NEW: Apply for a Concealed Handgun License, schedule your appointment and pay online! If you need assistance applying online, call us at 503-794-8059.

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According to ORS 166.292 (1): "If the application for the license is approved, the sheriff shall issue and mail or otherwise deliver to the applicant at the address shown on the application, within 45 days of the application."

Two Support Services staffers handle the application process and background checks required before the Sheriff can issue Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) to eligible Clackamas County citizens.

The CHL Unit is located in the Public Safety Training Center (12700 SE 82nd Ave., Clackamas, OR 97015). The CHL office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you can't schedule/apply online, you can obtain an Application for a License to Carry a Concealed Handgun from one of our offices, or you can download it here. Read carefully through the instructions and follow them exactly. Make sure you meet the requirements, and remember to schedule an appointment. Have your application ready when you come in for your appointment.

Please note the expiration date on the back side of your Concealed Handgun License -- and apply for your renewal license no more than 45 days prior to the expiration.

Important note: DO NOT CARRY A GUN CONCEALED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE YOUR CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE IN THE MAIL. ORS 166.292(2) states: "Failure of a person who carries a concealed handgun also to carry a concealed handgun license is prima facie evidence that the person does not have such a license."

Also, your issued Oregon concealed handgun license does not supersede federal firearms prohibitions. Please refer to 18 U.S. Code - 922 (g).

Disclosure of CHL information: ORS 192.448 protects the disclosure of records or information that identifies a person as a current or former holder of, or applicant for, a concealed handgun license, except for certain purposes including written consent of the holder, when ordered by a court, at the request of another public body for criminal justice purposes, or when the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office believes there is compelling public interest to release the holder's name, age and county of residence. Read the full content of the statute.

You can also e-mail CHL-related questions to chl@clackamas.us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You must apply for a concealed handgun license in the county in which you reside.

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, or a legal alien who can document continuous residency in the United States for at least six months and has declared, in writing, to the INS your intent to acquire citizenship (Form N300 or Form N400).
  2. Be at least 21 years of age.
  3. Have no legal condition that would prohibit you from possessing a firearm under either Oregon or Federal law.
  4. Have no outstanding warrants for your arrest.
  5. Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Services.
  6. Not be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance.
  7. Not be on any form of pre-trial release.
  8. Not be required to register as a sex offender in any state.
  9. Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor, or found guilty of a misdemeanor within four years prior to application, except under ORS 161.295.
  10. Not be subject to a citation issued under ORS 163.735 or an order issued under ORS 30.866, 107.700 to 107.723 or 163.738 (e.g. Stalking or Restraining Orders).
  11. Demonstrate competence with a handgun by any one of the following means:
    • Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;
    • Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;
    • Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;
    • Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;
    • Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
    • Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or
    • Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course.
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The application costs are listed in the table below.    

New Application $65
Renewal License

$50

Transfer Fee $30
Name Change $15
Address Change, Replacement $15

Fees are non-refundable. Only checks, money order, and Visa/MasterCard are accepted.

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You may apply for a concealed handgun license in Clackamas County by meeting one of the residency requirements as stated in ORS 166.291(9):

  • Possess a current Oregon driver's license showing a residence in Clackamas County.
  • Be registered to vote in Clackamas County and have a precinct memorandum card showing a residence address in Clackamas County.
  • Provide documentation that you currently own or lease real property in Clackamas County.
  • Provide documentation that you filed an Oregon tax return for the most recent tax year with a residence address in Clackamas.
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Applications are available online or at the Public Safety Training Center, 12700 SE 82nd, Clackamas, OR 97015 map.

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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Concealed Handgun Licensing Unit is located in the Public Safety Training Center, 12700 SE 82nd, Clackamas, OR 97015 map.

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If you are a New Applicant or a Transfer from another county, you will need to schedule an appointment online. Click here to apply online and schedule an appointment. For all other Concealed Handgun License transactions, you do not need an appointment if you fill out our online application. Once the application is completed online, if you pass the background check, a new license will be mailed to you.  

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You must be at least 21 years of age prior to making application for a concealed handgun license.

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Yes. The only exception is if you are a legal resident alien who can document continuous residency in the county for at least six months and has declared in writing to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services the intent to acquire citizenship status and can present proof of the written declaration to the sheriff at the time of application for the license.

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Proof of competency must be presented at the time of your scheduled appointment. Please do not make an appointment until you have met the competency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or a similar agency of another state if handgun safety was a component of the course;
  • Completion of any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course if handgun safety was a component of the course;
  • Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency if handgun safety was a component of the course;
  • Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officers if handgun safety was a component of the course;
  • Presents evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service;
  • Is licensed or has been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked; or
  • Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the National Rifle Association if handgun safety was a component of the course.
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Maybe. If your DD214 specifically states the words pistolsidearm or handgun training, it would satisfy the requirement. Words such as "small arms" or "marksmanship" alone will not fulfill the statutory requirement.

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Oregon concealed handgun licenses are valid for four years unless otherwise  revoked or denied. If you are transferring your permit from another county the expiration date will remain the same as your current permit.

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A concealed handgun license allows you to carry a loaded or unloaded handgun concealed upon your person or concealed within your control in a car or other means of transportation.

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No. This is a concealed handgun license. See ORS 166.210(4) for the definition of a handgun.

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Oregon concealed handgun law can be found online

Other references to the ORS listed on this page can be found here.

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Yes. There are several locations in which you cannot carry a firearm, even with a concealed handgun license, including:

  • Any federal facility -- federal courthouses, social security offices, secured areas of airports, airplanes.
  • Posted private property where the owner prohibits firearms possession,  and others.  
  • Many private businesses have conditions regarding the possession of firearms on their premises.  If you violate these conditions you could, under certain circumstances, be subject to arrest under Oregon trespass laws, in which case, if convicted, your concealed handgun licensee would be seized and/or revoked.
  • National parks -- Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state and local laws. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings, these places are marked with signs at public entrances.
  • Indian reservations or property -- you may not carry a firearm concealed without the written permission of the tribal judge; this may also apply to certain casinos on tribal lands.
  • Courts -- in a courtroom, jury room, judge's chambers, or adjacent areas that the presiding judge determines should be free of firearms to ensure the safety of litigants, court personnel witnesses, and others.
     

Please note: If you plan to carry your handgun, it is important to research the requirements at these locations before you go. Please see the Oregon Revised Statutes for any updated Oregon State restrictions.  If in doubt, contact the facility you plan to visit directly to obtain their policy.

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ORS 166.295(C)(2) requires that the "licensee shall report the change of address and the sheriff shall issue a new license as a duplication for a change of address. The license shall expire upon the same date as would the original." Failure to do so may result in revocation of your License. You can apply online for an address change.

Apply for an address change online. 

The fee for an address change is $15. Once the application is completed online, if you pass the background check, a new license will be mailed to you.

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The concealed handgun license is an Oregon license, but it is administered in  the county you reside in. When you change your DMV license you need to transfer your concealed handgun license so that both addresses are the same. Clackamas County will fingerprint you as a result of the transfer application process.
The fee for a transfer is $15.

The fingerprint fee is $15.

The total transfer fee including fingerprinting is $30.

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If you move out of state, please contact our office at 503.794.8059 to discuss your options.

If you move to another county in Oregon, you will be transferring your license to the new county you reside in. Please contact the new county you reside in to transfer your permit and they will notify us that you are no longer reside in Clackamas County.

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You should report the loss of your concealed handgun license to the law-enforcement agency in the city or county in which you lost your license. You can apply online for a replacement. Once the application is completed online, if you pass the background check, a new license will be mailed to you.

The fee for a replacement license is $15.

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You should first report your name-change to the DMV. After you notify DMV of your name change, we can issue a card with your new name.

Your driver's license must display your new name prior to obtaining a new concealed handgun license. You can apply online for a name change. Once the application is completed online, if you pass the background check, a new license will be mailed to you.

The fee for a name change is $15.

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Currently, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office sends email reminders from the provided email listed on your application 45 days prior to your license's expiration. This expiration date is listed on the back of your License.

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You are not required to be fingerprinted or to provide character references again. Pursuant to ORS 166.295(1)(a), a concealed handgun license is renewable by repeating the procedures set out in ORS 166.291 and 166.292 you can apply online for a renewal. Once the application is completed online, if you pass the background check, we will use your current photo we have on file for you and a new license will be mailed to you. Please note you must have an updated photo every other renewal transaction. Our office will contact you if you need an updated photo.

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No. Your valid or expired concealed handgun license is proof that you attended a handgun safety course. 

There are no penalties for letting your license expire.  However, without a valid concealed handgun license, you have no authority to carry a handgun concealed.  

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No.  It is the policy of the Clackamas County Sheriff not to issue concealed handgun licenses to anyone who is not a resident of Clackamas County.  Other Oregon counties may have different policies, especially those which border other states. Check with them.

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This is a serious offense and can result in arrest and seizure and revocation of your license.

ORS 166.292(2) states: "Failure of a person who carries a concealed handgun also to carry a concealed handgun license is prima facie evidence that the person does not have such a license."

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Yes. We are mandated by law to fingerprint new applicants for concealed handgun licenses, regardless of whether they have been fingerprinted before.

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It generally takes about 10 minutes to apply for your renewal application online.  Assuming there is nothing in your background to preclude you from renewing your license; once your background check is completed, a new license will be mailed to you.

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It generally takes about 20 minutes to process new applications. ORS 166.292 allows the Sheriff 45 days to review your new application, conduct a background check and issue you your new concealed handgun license.

At times we could take up to 45 days, but it is our goal to have your new concealed handgun license in the mail to you within 7 business days. It is safe to assume if there are issues that arise as a result of your background check; it will take 45 days for your new license to be issued or denied.   

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If your concealed handgun license is denied or revoked, you will be sent a certified letter advising you of that fact and the reason for the denial/revocation.

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Generally, anything that would cause you to be denied a license when you initially applied would cause your concealed handgun license to be revoked.  Examples would include: new arrests where you are on a form of pre-trial release, any misdemeanor or felony conviction, being named as the respondent of a restraining order that's in effect.

Please call 503-794-8059 if you have a concern in this area.

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Yes.  Oregon law provides an appeal process for denials and revocations through the filing of a petition through Circuit Court. You have 30 days from the date you receive the revocation letter to appeal the decision. For additional information refer to ORS 166.293(5).

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