Concealed Handguns


Woman at shooting range

Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) is one of the sheriff's mandates, per ORS 166.291. We process new CHL and renewals for current Washington County community members, and license transfers for those who have recently moved to Washington County. Details on how to apply and schedule an appointment for a new CHL may be found below.

Temporarily, CHL renewals, address changes, name changes and duplicate licenses for existing Washington County CHL holders, are being processed via mail.  

Please call the CHL Unit at (503) 846-2761, if you have questions.


 

The Sheriff's Office administers the concealed handgun licensing program for residents of Washington County.  Each applicant is fingerprinted and photographed, and an extensive criminal, civil, and mental health background check is conducted. Currently, there are approximately 28,000 Washington County residents with a concealed handgun license. The following list is a summary of the requirements set forth in ORS 166.291.

 

To qualify for a concealed handgun license you must:

 
  • be at least 21 years of age

  • provide documents indicating that you are a US citizen (a valid US passport OR a birth certificate issued by Vital Statistics) or have proof of application with intent to become a citizen

  • provide written documentation that demonstrates that you have taken a handgun safety course

  • pass a background check

Please review our FAQs for a complete list of requirements and disqualifiers.


Oregon CHL Course and Certificate

The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) has created an educational course which satisfies the Oregon handgun safety training requirement to obtain your concealed handgun license.  Visit the OSSA website for details.

 


Application Process Checklist 

  1. Complete the required handgun safety component prior to submitting an application.
  2. Have proof of citizenship or have filed the N-300 or N-400 naturalization application.
  3. Complete the application and e-mail as an attachment. (IMPORTANT: We cannot process applications that have been filled out on, or emailed from, a phone, tablet, or other mobile device. Please use a PC or Mac computer only.)
  4. Review additional concealed handgun license requirements - please print and retain for your records.
Concealed handgun

New Applicants or Transfers from another Oregon County  

First time applicants or those transferring from another county, must complete the application form which can be sent by e-mail or U.S. mail.  

 

Renewals:  Washington County residents wanting to renew their concealed handgun license, must complete the renewal application and mail the application form with a check or money order of $75 made payable to WCSO. 

 

Address Change: If you are a current Washington County CHL cardholder and have moved within Washington County, please change your DMV information first, and then mail page one of the application form with a check or money order of $15 made payable to WCSO. Please complete page one of the application form.

 

Duplicate Cards: Complete page one of the application form and mail with a check or money order of $15 made payable to WCSO.


Name Change: Mail completed page one of the application form. Proof of the legal name change is required. (Examples: Court Document, Marriage Certificate, Drivers License, Social Security Card, etc.)

 


Fees

 

 

 

New Applicant

$115.00

Renewal

$75.00

Transfer

$30.00

Transfer with Renewal

$90.00

Change of Address and/or/ Name

$15.00

Duplicate Cards

$15.00


Only cash, check or money orders are accepted.
Credit/Debit will be available for New and Transfer Applications starting October 4, 2021.

 


 

 

Appointments and Application Submission
 

 

Appointments are available for scheduling online.

 

Email your completed application to our Concealed Handgun License Unit or mail to us at:

Washington County Sheriff's Office

Concealed Handgun License Unit

215 SW Adams Avenue

Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 

 

For more information, please e-mail us or call directly to (503) 846-2761.