Concealed Handgun License
Concealed Handgun FAQs
How Long Does it Take to Get My CHL License?
ORS 166.292 states that the Sheriff’s Office has 45 days, from the date of application, to approve or deny an application. We will mail either the permit (in the self-addressed stamped envelope that you provided), or a letter stating reasons for denial within that time.
How Long is My License Valid?
The permit is valid for four (4) years from the date of issuance, unless cancelled or revoked during that time. A renewal notice will be sent to you for your convenience.
What Happens if I Move?
ORS 807.110(3) i requires a DMV license that contains the residence address of the person to whom the license is issued. You are required to change your CHL address within the same 30 days of moving. Failure to do so could result in revocation. If you have moved to, or within, Deschutes County, you must change your address with DMV prior to changing your CHL address. You will be asked to bring in your valid Oregon Driver’s License that reflects your new address. If you move out of Deschutes County you must apply in the county in which you reside.
When Do I Need to Carry My CHL?
You MUST carry your CHL on your person whenever you carry a concealed handgun. Failure to do so could result in a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Why Do I Have to Have a Background Check?
The purpose of the background check is to verify that all required paperwork has been completed. 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.
Oregon Statutes Allow the Sheriff to Deny a Permit
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)).
If you believe that you are eligible and may qualify for an exception, you may petition the courts. Then, bring the appropriate court documentation, dates, and explanation of the circumstances with you at the time of your appointment.
Requirements for a Concealed Handgun
1. You must be at least 21 years of age.
2. You must be a US Citizen.
3. Your principle residence must be in Deschutes County (own or rent).
4. You must pass a background check.
Concealed Handgun Resources
Deschutes County Sheriff Office Concealed Handgun Class Schedule (Saturdays Only)
Concealed Handgun Fees