Concealed Handgun Licensing Class


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office offers Concealed Handgun Licensing classes to the public. You must register to take this class. ​Class size is limited to 40 people in order to ​allow participants to be fingerprinted and photographed during the class. Once this class has been completed, you will not need to make an appointment to get your Concealed Handgun License. Your permit will be mailed to you using the self-addressed stamped envelope you provide.

The class fee is $140.00; this covers both the class and your handgun license. If you want to take the class and get your license in another county the class will cost $25.00.


Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office: "MAC”

Training Room on the 2nd Floor 

63333 W. Hwy 20
Bend, OR 97703

 June 8                          7-12
September 14             7-12
October 19                  7-12
November 16              7-12




Mandatory Boater Education Class

Marine Patrol

Boater Education Courses

May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 24th from 0900-1200

Class Location: 

Main Sheriff's Office, 63333 W. Highway 20, Bend, OR, 97703 

Oregon law requires Oregon residents 16 years of age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10 hp, to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card.  Failure to have a card under the above conditions might result in a $142 fine.  This card is not a license to operate a boat, as there is no such requirement in Oregon.  Once a boater receives their card, it never has to be renewed.  There is a one-time $20 cost to receive your card and duplicate cards are available for $16.

Boat operators can also access the testing material and take the test on-line through the Oregon State Marine Board website, but there is generally a fee associated with the test and receiving a certificate. Exam participants will be shown an informational video prior to the proctored examination and will have an opportunity to ask questions. Additional exam preparation material can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board web site under “Study Guide”.  A 75 question multiple choice test will be given; a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass.  The tests are graded upon completion; necessary paperwork and information on how to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board will be given.


All exams run from 9am-12pm and are held at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in Bend (63333 Hwy 20 West).  There is no sign up or registration for the exam, but please arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the class to check in.

For additional information, go to, or or contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-388-6501.


Take Care Be Aware

Awareness and Personal Protection Class

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is proud to offer the citizens of Deschutes County an awareness and personal protection class at the main Sheriff’s Office.  Please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Training Coordinator to request a class for your











This class is designed to:

  • Heighten your personal awareness of your surroundings.
  • Teach you how to recognize and interpret a situation.
  • Train you on how to decide what your choices are in reacting to these situations.
  • Understand how to implement your decision.
  • Criteria for active threat response.

This class teaches, your personal safety starts with an awareness of your surroundings and making decisions based on your observations.  Instructors provide information on what to look for, how to interpret the information and provide advice on how to improve the safety of you and your family.  You will leave with a complimentary personal protection device.



Pretty Tough – Self Defense Options for Women


Your Sheriff's Office invites women, 14 years and older, to participate in a free personal safety course entitled "Pretty Tough-- Self Defense Options for Women." 

In survival mode the human brain will search its memories (“brain files”) to determine how to solve the problem.  If you are in a situation where you may need to defend yourself, these “brain files” will help.  Creating a plan under duress is difficult at best.  Why not take this opportunity to create these “brain files” and learn simple techniques that will help you survive? 

In this class, participants are provided training and have an opportunity to solve many types of scenarios through open discussion and demonstration.  They will also learn the importance of having an “emergency plan” in case they must defend themselves.       

Deputies who teach Arrest and Control techniques have designed and instruct this hands-on class. Our goal is to empower women with tools and the mind-set to maintain personal safety and to successfully identify, confront and survive potentially dangerous situations. A focus on situational awareness and training in physical self-defense techniques provide options to reduce the risk of abuse and attack.

  • Registration begins 30 days before the course starts.
  • Courses held four times per year.
  • Special requests from the community are considered on a case-by-case basis, with at least 10 confirmed participants.
  • Dress for physical activity and hydrate before and after the class

2024 Dates:

March 16, 2024 9am to 2:00pm
June 29, 2024 9am to 2:00pm
September 7, 2024 9am to 2:00pm
November 9, 2024 9am to 2:00pm


Location: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, 63333 Hwy 20 W, Bend, OR 97703

To Register:

If you have any questions or concerns that may arise prior to the class, please contact Sergeant Zach Steward at

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

Adult Jail

(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

Monday - Friday 8-5pm

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