Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the firearm is to be used.
The Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict state guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for a License to Carry a Concealed Handgun (CHL) application. Due to the nature of the detailed due diligence, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks. During the application process, you will be asked to schedule an appointment (for New and Renewal CHL). Please note that you will be asked to pay now to reserve your appointment.
The applicant must be a resident of Highland County (or an adjoining county: Adams,Brown,Clinton, Fayette, Pike, and Ross).
For Replacement or Change Of Address/Name Applicants - your current permit must be issued by Highland County. We cannot issue replacements for permits issued by other counties.
Type of Permit
Original License Ohio Resident For 5 Years
Original License (has not lived in OH for the last 5 years)
Renewal License (has not lived in OH for the last 5 years)
Replacement License for Name/Address Change:
Replacement for Lost or Stolen License:
For credit card transactions a nominal credit card transaction fee will be charged for each transaction. Charges will be viewable prior to transaction completion.
Fingerprinting is required for an new and renewal Concealed Handgun Permit and will be done at your CHL appointment you set during the online application submission. Appointments for fingerprinting are available 8:00am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding legal holidays
Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Weapons Permit.
Background Webchecks Fingerprinting
Sheriff’s Office Web Check service for background checks are available to the general public.
The Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict federal guidelines when performing necessary procedures for fingerprinting. During the application process, you will be asked to schedule an appointment. Please note that you will be asked to pay now to reserve your appointment.
Fingerprinting costs is based on the level of Background Check Service:
BCI - $30.00
FBI - $32.00
BCI & FBI - $62.00
Manual Fingerprint Card - $10.00 per card
Appointments for fingerprinting will be processed between 8:00am-3:30pm on Monday to Friday.
Click the "Let's get Started" button to apply for fingerprints.