Concealed Handgun Licensing

Welcome to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office CHL Homepage

Effective February 15, 2022, applications for all CHLs will be submitted through a secure third party software called Permit Direct by Permitium.

This means that you can fill out the application from your computer or smartphone 24 hours a day.

Read the Important Notices and General Information. You can also scroll to the bottom of the page to the Concealed Handgun License section, which lists the documents you'll need to upload to the application.

User Tip: Gather all your documentation before moving forward. This will help make sure that you are submitting a complete application, which helps speed up the processing time. Don't forget to have your credit card handy.

NOTE: If you apply for your CHL renewal more than 45 days prior to your expiration, you will likely lose time on your current permit. 

If you do not wish to lose time, please apply 45 days or less before your current expiration date.

Visit our Concealed Handgun License online application website at Permitium

Columbia County Sheriff's Office - Concealed Handgun License Information

Under Oregon Law (ORS 166), if you wish to carry a handgun concealed upon your person, or concealed and readily accessible within a vehicle, you must have a concealed handgun license (CHL)

CHLs are issued by County (under the authority of the Sheriff) and are good throughout the state of Oregon. Oregon does NOT recognize any other state's concealed handgun license/permit at this time.

Oregon CHLs are valid for 4 years from date of issuance, unless otherwise revoked or denied.

*Before you may apply for a Concealed Handgun License in Oregon, you must first take and pass an approved handgun course. There are a number of courses that are out there which are provided by private individuals that might quality depending on content and instruction approval by the National Rifle Association. We recognize the Oregon State Sheriff's Association online course as an approved course which can be found here: https://oregonchl.org/

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Requirements for Obtaining a Concealed Handgun License in Oregon
To be eligible for a Columbia County issued Concealed Handgun License for the state of Oregon, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

You must be a U.S. Citizen, or legal alien who can document continuous residency in the United States for at least six months and have declared, in writing, the the INS your intent to acquire citizenship (e.g. Form N300)

  1. You must be 21 years of age.
  2. You must be a resident of Columbia County of the State of Washington. Columbia County Sheriff's Office may issue a license to residents of the State of Washington provided a compelling reason for having an Oregon Concealed Handgun License is given and you have already obtained a Washington CWP.
  3. Have no outstanding warrant(s) for your arrest.
  4. You must not be on any form of pretrial release.
  5. Must not have had any misdemeanor convictions in the last four years.
  6. Never been convicted of a felony,
  7. Must not have received a dishonorable discharge or dismissal from the armed forces of the United States.
  8. You must not be required to register as a sex offender in any state.
  9. Cannot be subjected to a restraining order or sited for stalking under an Oregon ORS.
  10. Must not have been committed to the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 426.130.
  11. You must not have been found mentally ill under ORS 426.130 and prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm because of mental illness.
  12. Must not be subject to an Order under ORS 426.133 ordering to participate in assisted outpatient treatment.
  13. Must not be within the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.
  14. Must not have had any misdemeanor or felony drug convictions or diversions other than for marijuana, Must not have had more than one violation or misdemeanor conviction or diversion for marijuana possession.
  15. Demonstrate competency with a handgun by any of the following:
    1. Hunter education or hunter safety taught by the State Department of Fish or Wildlife with handgun safety as a component.
    2. National Rife Association (NRA) course with handgun safety as a component.
    3. Law Enforcement, community college, private or public institution instructed by NRA certified instructor with handgun safety as a component.
    4. Evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through military or organized shooting competition.
    5. Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by law enforcement agency or the NRA and handgun safety was a component of the course.

Washington residents must meet these additional requirements
  1.  You must have a current Washington State issues CPL which can be used as one piece of your identification when applying for your Oregon CHL.
  2. When applying for your CHL, you must complete a statement stating a compelling reason as to your need for an Oregon CHL, which will be answered in response to a question in the application.
Concealed Handgun License Fees
How much does it cost to apply for a concealed handgun license?
New Applicant $115.00
Renewal $75.00
Transfer $30.00
Transfer with Renewal $90.00
Change of Address and/or Name $15.00
Replacement Card / Duplicate Card $15.00

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a Columbia County concealed handgun license (CHL)

Applications for all CHLs will be submitted through a secure third-party software called Permit Direct by Permitium. This means that you can fill out the application from your computer or smartphone 24 hours a day. Click here Permitium to start the online application process.

How long does it take to process a New or a Renewal of a CHL?

Once our office has received all of the required documentation, including fingerprints (for new and transfers only) and a picture, we have 45 days to process your application.

How do I know where my application is in the processing queue?

Instead of calling or emailing, please utilize the online tool to check on the status of your application at any time. Simply go onto the Order Tracker feature that can be found in your confirmation email. 

I am applying for a new CHL. Does my receipt that shows I took a concealed handgun safety course work as proof of meeting that requirement?

No. We must have a copy of your actual certificate. Your certificate must be uploaded to your Permitium account no later than the day before your appointment time.

If you fail to do so, your appointment will be rescheduled for another day.

I am a Washington resident and just applied for my CPL? Can I apply for my Oregon CHL now?

Please wait until you receive your Washington CPL before applying for your Columbia County CHL. 

We cannot accept a copy of your receipt as proof of meeting that requirement.

How do I renew my Columbia County CHL before it's expiration date ?

Please visit Permitium to renew your CHL. Once we have verified that your application is complete, you will receive an email indicating that you may come to the Sheriff's Office for verification of identification and the taking of a new photograph for your CHL. Your personal appearance is necessary to comply with Oregon Revised Statute 166.295 which governs CHL renewals. Please do not come in before you receive the email indicating that your application is complete. Instructions on when to come will be provided in the email.  You will be given a receipt at that time which validates your CHL for an additional 45 days. Please carry this receipt with your current CHL until your new CHL arrives in the mail.

How do I renew my CHL if I am on active duty ?

If you are an active member of the armed forces of the United States, the National Guard of the United States or the Oregon National Guard, you may submit an application for a renewal here Permitium 

I've moved to a new location within Columbia County. Do I need to submit a change of address application?

Yes. You must submit a change of address application online should you move anytime within your licensure period.

The address on your change of address application must match the address with the licensing authority of your State.

Click here to submit your change of address application: Permitium

I am a Washington resident with a CHL from Columbia County. I moved to a new location in Washington. Do I need to submit a change of address application?

Yes. You must submit a change of address application online should you move anytime within your licensure period.

The address on your change of address application must match the address with the licensing authority of your State.

Click here to submit your change of address application: Permitium

I just moved to Columbia County and hold a permit from another County in the State of Oregon. What do I do?

Once your new address is updated with the Department of Motor Vehicles, you would apply for a CHL transfer. 

Click here to apply for your CHL Transfer:Permitium

Can I conceal carry if my permit has expired

No. You must have a valid concealed handgun license to carry concealed. 

You must apply to renew your CHL and receive your new card in the mail before you are legal to conceal carry again.

What forms of identification must I provide when applying for my CHL?

A current government issued photo identification (i.e., DMV issued driver license or ID Card, US Passport, etc.)

One other current piece of identification (i.e., voter's precinct card, insurance card, employee ID card, etc.)

For Washington Residents, your valid Concealed Pistol License (CPL)

What qualifies as a handgun safety course?

A course in which you must demonstrate competency with a handgun by one of the following methods:

  1. Hunter education/safety course taught by the State Department of Fish or Wildlife with handgun safety as a component.
  2. National Rifle Association course with handgun safety as a component.
  3. Law Enforcement training course or security office training with handgun safety as a component.
  4. Evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through military or organized shooting competition.
  5. 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 in handgun safety as a component. 

Before you may apply for a Concealed Handgun License in Oregon, you must first take and pass an approved concealed handgun course.

There are a number of courses that are out there which are provided by private individuals that might quality depending on the content and instructor approval by the NRA.

We recognize the Oregon State Sheriff's Association online course as an approved course which can be found here: oregonchl.org

Does Oregon recognize any other state's issued concealed handgun license?

Currently Oregon does not recognize any other state's Concealed Handgun License.

Your Oregon CHL will carry no force outside of Oregon unless recognized by another State.

Before traveling to another state, city or county, check their current information to learn about any reciprocity agreements.

Does the Columbia County Sheriff's Office issue CHLs to out of state residents?

Yes. Columbia County Sheriff's Office only issues to out of state residents from the state of Washington.

You must have a current Washington State issued CPL and you must have a compelling reason as to your need for an Oregon CHL

If I have my gun rights restored, does that mean I can quality for an Oregon CHL?
  • If you have had our gun rights restored in Oregon, due to an Oregon conviction, you are likely to be eligible for an Oregon CHL.
  • If you have had your gun rights restored in any other state, for an out of state conviction, that does not guarantee eligibility for an Oregon CHL. We suggest you seek advice from legal counsel.