General Information Guide for Concealed Handgun Permits

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:

  1. Completion of any NRA Firearms safety or training course, if handgun safety was a component of the course.
  2. Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by law enforcement, community college, private or public instruction, or organization or firearm training school utilizing instructors certified by the NRA or law enforcement agency, if handgun safety was a component of the course.
  3. Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security personnel, investigators, reserve law enforcement officers or any other law enforcement officer if handgun safety was a component of the course.
  4. Present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military service.
  5. Proof you are licensed or have been licensed to carry a firearm in this state, unless the license has been revoked.
  6. Completion of any firearms training or safety course or class conducted by a firearms instructor certified by a law enforcement agency or the NRA is handgun safety is a component of the course.

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.

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