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You Must be at least 21 years of age.
Your Principle residence must be in Deschutes County (own or rent) to be eligible for a concealed handgun license which must be verified by a current and valid Oregon Driver’s License.
You must pass a background check. The purpose of the background check is to verify that all required paperwork has been completed. In addition, if the applicant meets all criteria specified, the sheriff may deny a concealed handgun license if the sheriff has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others, or to the community at large, as a result of the applicant’s mental or psychological state, as demonstrated by past pattern of behavior or participation in incidents involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence (ORS 166.293(2)). A criminal record check, including the National crime information center (NCIC), a driving record check with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, a check with the Oregon Department of Corrections, and a mental health check will be completed.
You must pay non-refundable processing fee to cover the costs associated with the fingerprints and background checks. This fee is due upon submission of the completed application.
In addition, at the time of application, you must be able to demonstrate firearms competence by any of the methods provided by law:
You must make an appointment. Appointments for new CHL's or transferring your CHL from another county are available Monday thru Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For an appointment go to the appointment calendar to schedule your own appointment or call - (541) 383-4425. If your address has changed, go to this change your address form and follow the instructions.
Please print and complete a CHL Application (and Instructions) prior to your appointment. Use the CHL application form for new, transfers, and renewals.
Failure to follow the required procedures will result in an incomplete application which can not be accepted.