Concealed Handgun Licensing is one of the sheriff's mandates, and although we initially paused our new CHL applications due to COVID-19 precautions and closures, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has developed a plan for re-opening new applications as of January 19. Initially this re-opening will be on a more limited volume due to disinfection requirements between appointments. We also have plans to provide a higher throughput of new appointments once the pandemic conditions improve and have confidence that we will be able to quickly address our backlog of patient citizens. Thank you for your understanding.
Renewals, address changes, name changes and duplicates will be processed via mail. See instructions below. You may also utilize the drop-off lock box , 24/7, for CHL, Civil Unit, or Alarm Permits business. The lock box is located in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office. 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 25,000 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
- Complete the required handgun safety component prior to submitting an application.
- Have proof of citizenship or have filed the N-300 or N-400 naturalization application.
- Complete the application and e-mail as an attachment or mail your application. (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.)
- Review additional concealed handgun license requirements - please print and retain for your records.
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 to us by e-mail or U.S. mail. After submitting your application, please schedule your appointment via our online scheduling calendar. Public will be required to sanitize hands and wear face coverings. The applicant cannot bring guests with them.
An appointment notice will be mailed to you indicating the date and time to come in and have your photograph and fingerprints taken.
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 $50 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 the application form with a check or money order of $15 made payable to WCSO. Please complete the application form.
Name Change and Duplicates: Complete the application form with a check or money order of $15 made payable to WCSO.
$65.00 - New Applicant
$50.00 - Renewal
$30.00 - Transfer
$65.00 - Transfer with Renewal
$15.00 - Address Change, Name Change or Replacement Card
Only cash, check or money orders are accepted.
Appointments and Application Submission
Appointments are available for scheduling online at any time.
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