FAQ - Concealed Handguns
Concealed Handgun License
A. Only original documents are acceptable:
• Birth certificates issued by state Vital Statistics
• Valid US issued passports
• Naturalization papers
A. Applications are available: 1) Online using the link below, 2) In person at the Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro or at East Precinct in Beaverton - see locations link below, or 3) By mail - you may call (503) 846-2761 to request an application be mailed to you.
Your first step in this process is to meet the handgun competency requirement, see Frequently Asked Question C) below. Next, review the disqualifications listed in Question D) below. Finally, mail your completed application to the Concealed Handgun License Unit. You can expect to receive an appointment notice within two weeks.
Scheduled appointments are required for all new applicants. You must pay your license fee at your scheduled appointment.
Please do not send payment with your application. Payment must be in the form of a check, money order, or cash only.
A. Please do not apply until you have met the competency requirement in one of the following ways:
• Complete a hunters' safety course approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife or similar agency, if handgun training was a component of the course.
• Completion of any firearm safety or training course available to the general public offered by law enforcement, a community college or private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, if the instructors were certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency and if the course had a handgun safety component.
• Complete a handgun safety class taught by an NRA certified instructor. Certification or card issued must be presented at the time of your scheduled appointment. Contact local gun dealers for class referrals.
• Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety offered for security guards or other law enforcement officers. Certification must be presented at your scheduled appointment.
• Provide a copy of your DD214 if it indicates you have been trained with a handgun, sidearm or pistol. If your DD214 does not indicate handgun training, we will be unable to accept this as proof of your competency.
• Present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military experience.
A. Oregon law prohibits the issuance of a concealed handgun license to anyone:
• who is currently on any form of pretrial release. This may include forms of court ordered diversion.
• who has had a misdemeanor conviction within the past four years.
• who has been convicted of a felony.
• who has a current warrant for their arrest.
• who makes false statements on the application.
• who could be a danger to self, others or the community as a result of their mental or psychological state, or as demonstrated by a past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence.
• who is the subject of a restraining order or protection order. See ORS 166.735, 30.866, 107.700 to 107.732, or 163.738.
• who has had a dishonorable discharge from the US Armed Forces.
• who is a registered sex offender.
• who was convicted as a juvenile of a crime that if committed by an adult would constitute a felony or a misdemeanor involving violence.
• who is not yet 21 years of age.
• who has been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances, or has been sentenced to a drug diversion program in any state other than Oregon, or has been convicted more than once of a drug related offense, or sentenced to a drug diversion program in the State of Oregon.
• who has not met the conditions of application.
You are also ineligible for a concealed handgun license if you are not a US citizen, unless you are a legal resident alien who can show documentation of continuous residency in the country for at least six months, and have declared in writing to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services the intent to acquire citizenship. You must be able to provide proof of the written declaration.
A. Contact your local gun dealer and let them know you are interested in obtaining a handgun safety course for a concealed handgun license.
A. Fees are as follows:
• New license - $65.00, valid for four years from the date of issue
• Renewal license within Washington County - $50.00, valid for four years from the date of issue
• Address change or replacement within Washington County - $15.00, expiration date is the same as the original
A. Your concealed handgun license is valid for four years from date of issue. However, an arrest or involvement in criminal activity may result in revocation.
A. For new licenses, renewals, and transfers, the CHL unit is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last appointment offered at 4:30. Please call ahead to schedule your appointment (503) 846-2761.
License holders wishing to get a replacement card or have their address changed may drop in during business hours. We are open during the lunch hour.
A. No. Please bring a personal check made payable to Washington County, a money order, or cash to your appointment. Payments must be made in the Criminal Records office (on the first floor) prior to your appointment. You will receive a receipt for your payment which you must present to the Concealed Handgun Licensing Unit. This payment is non-refundable.
A. We schedule appointments every 15 minutes. Please allow time to pay your fee in the Criminal Records office (on the first floor) before coming to the Concealed Handgun Unit.
Q.K) My handgun license is going to expire within the next few months, will I get a reminder letter?
A. Reminder letters are sent to the current mailing addresses on file. However, it is still your responsibility to make sure your license is current and valid when you carry a concealed handgun.
A. Yes. You are required to come to the Concealed Handgun Unit and complete a change of address form. The change of address fee is $15. If you move out of Washington County you will need to contact your current county of residence and make arrangements to transfer your CHL to that county.
A. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is located at 215 SW Adams in Hillsboro.
No person may bring a firearm or weapon into that portion of this building occupied by the Washington County Circuit Court, except for a peace officer or federal officer on official duty. Violating these provisions may result in your arrest for a Class C Felony, and could also result in your being found in contempt of court. ORS 166.370 and Uniform Trial Court Rule 6.180.
No person may bring a firearm, weapon or other contraband into the secured perimeter of the Washington County Jail, and all visitors to the jail must go through a security screening and metal detector. Knowingly introducing contraband into a correctional facility is a Class C Felony. ORS 162.185.
All persons entering these premises may be subject to audio or visual surveillance.
A. Call this office at (503) 846-2761 to schedule an appointment to transfer your license to Washington County. You must meet one of the residency requirements list under Question Q) below.
During your appointment we will check your concealed handgun license, citizenship documentation (see Question A), and Oregon driver's license and take your picture. Plan to spend about 15 minutes to be processed.
A. Oregon law provides very few limits on where a person with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) can carry a firearm, and federal laws contain a few more prohibitions. Even if you have a Concealed Handgun License, you cannot carry a firearm on any of the following properties:
• Federal facilities - federal courthouses, social security offices, in secured areas of airports, and on airplanes
• National forests marked or posted by signs prohibiting all firearms
• Indian reservations or Indian property - you may not carry a firearm concealed without the written permission of the tribal judge; this may also apply to certain casinos on Indian lands. We advise people to contact the individual tribe to determine what the current rules are for that location.
• Courts - in a courtroom, jury room, judge's chambers or adjacent areas that the presiding judge determines should be free of firearms to ensure the safety of the litigants, court personnel, witnesses and others Private property where the owner prohibits firearms possession
• Private property where the owner prohibits firearms possession
No person may bring a firearm, weapon or other contraband into the secure perimeter of the Washington County Jail, and all visitors to the jail must go through a security screening and metal detector. Knowingly introducing contraband into a correctional facility is a Class C felony.
A. If we deny your application or revoke your license, we will send you a certified letter stating the reason(s). If you disagree with our decision, you may appeal to the Circuit Court.
Q.Q) How do I meet the residency requirement to apply for an Oregon license issued by Washington County?
A. You may apply for a Washington County-issued Oregon concealed handgun license by meeting the residency requirements as stated in ORS 166.291(9):
• Possess a Current Oregon driver’s license showing a residence in the county.
• Be registered to vote in Washington County and have a precinct memorandum card showing a residence address in the county.
• Provide documentation that you currently own or lease real property in the county.
• Provide documentation that you filed an Oregon tax return for the most recent tax year with a residence address in the county.
A. Oregon law states that a sheriff may waive the residency requirement for a resident of a contiguous state that has a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need. Washington County may consider your application if you live in a contiguous state, meet all the requirements, and write a letter stating a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need that exhibits a correlation to Washington County. Your statement must be submitted with your completed application.
A. ORS 166.291 is available at www.leg.state.or.us/ors/166.html. Scroll through the index and then down to the section you want to review.
A. No. There are no penalties for letting your license expire. However, without a license, you have no authority to carry concealed. If you wish to renew your license, please call (503)846-2761 to schedule an appointment.