CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSES

The following information is a general guideline regarding the procedures and requirements for becoming a concealed handgun license holder in Umatilla County. Oregon laws governing the issuance and denial of concealed handgun licenses can be found beginning in Chapter 166.291 of the Oregon Revised Statutes which are available on the internet, at public libraries and at the law library in the County Courthouse. Click here to download a Concealed Handgun License Application and Instructions.

 

HANDGUN SAFETY TRAINING:

    Before an application for a concealed handgun license can be accepted, you must show completion of a training course in which handgun safety was a component of the course.  You may meet this requirement by providing any one of the following;
    • A certificate of completion of any handgun safety course utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or a law enforcement agency.
    • Documentation of completion of handgun safety training offered for security guards, investigators, reserve law enforcement officer or any other law enforcement officers.
    • Documentation of completion of a hunter education course involving handgun safety approved by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or similar agency of another state.
    • Documented evidence of experience with handguns through participation in organized shooting competition or military service.

CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE COURSE

A Concealed Handgun License Handgun Safety Class is available online through Oregon State Sheriff’s Association by clicking on the following link: http://oregonchl.org/ . This class has been created and reviewed by members of the Oregon Law Enforcement and Concealed Handgun License community. The class meets the statutory requirement for the Concealed Handgun License defined in ORS 166.291 (C). The class is available to all persons as an education tool free of charge. For those interested in providing proof of handgun safety training to apply for the Oregon Concealed Handgun License, the course provides a printable certificate for a $55.00 fee.

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors166.html

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    To qualify for a concealed handgun license you must:
    • Be at least 21 year of age
    • Be a resident of Umatilla County (This may be waived for residents bordering states with a compelling business interest or legitimate demonstrated need)
    • Be a US Citizen or have proof of application with intent to become a citizen
    • Never have been convicted of a felony
    • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor within the last four years
    • Not be a registered sex offender
    • Not be free on any form of pre-trial release
    • Have no outstanding warrant for arrest
    • Not be subject to a stalking order or restraining order as defined in ORS
    • Not have been convicted of a drug offense (although exceptions apply)
    • Provide acceptable documentation of handgun safety training
    • Pass a background investigation including mental health inquiry
    • Pay appropriate fees and provide acceptable I.D. and other documentation

Additionally Oregon State Law states a sheriff may deny a concealed handgun license 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 or as demonstrated by the applicant’s past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence. Also any act or condition that would prevent the issuance of a concealed handgun license is cause for revoking a concealed handgun license.

PROCEDURES:

New: Applications are taken by appointment only and you must report in person. Fee is $65. At the time of appointment, the applicant will be photographed, fingerprinted, submit the completed application form and an electronic signature will be captured. Applicant will need to bring two forms of I.D. and proof of citizenship. Click here to download a Concealed Handgun License Application and Instructions.

Renewal: Applications are taken by appointment only and you must report in person (there are exceptions for active duty military, call our office for details). Fee is $50. At the time of appointment, the applicant will be photographed, submit the completed application form and an electronic signature will be captured. Applicant will need to bring two forms of I.D. and proof of citizenship.  The Renewal procedure for an expired CHL is the same; you do not have to retake handgun safety training. Click here to download a Concealed Handgun License Application and Instructions .

Transfer: If you are a current CHL card-holder in another county and have recently moved to Umatilla County. You do not need to schedule an appointment for a transfer, but you must report in person. Please change your DMV information first. The fee for transfer is $15, with an additional charge of $15 for fingerprinting. At the time you come in, the applicant will be photographed, fingerprinted, submit the completed application form and an electronic signature will be captured. You will need to bring your CHL card from the other County Sheriff’s Office. Click here to download a Concealed Handgun License Application and Instructions. NOTE: If you are transferring fromUmatilla County to another County, please contact that specific agency and inquire about their procedures.

Renewal and Transfer:Applications are taken by appointment only . See procedures for both Transfer and Renewal above. Total fee is $65.

Address Change: If you are a current Umatilla County CHL card-holder and have moved withinUmatilla County you can notify us of an address change in person or by mail. You do not need to schedule an appointment for address change only. Please change your DMV information first. The fee for address change is $15. A new CHL card will be given to you at the time you come in.
If reporting in person, bring your completed Address Change Application , photo ID and your current CHL. A new CHL card will be given to you at the time you come in.
If you chose to mail the application, send us the completed application, fee, photo copy of your CHL and Driver’s License. A new CHL card will be mailed to you.

Name Change:If you are a current Umatilla County CHL card-holder and have changed your name, the fee for name change is $15. You do not need to schedule an appointment for name change only. Please change your DMV information first. Report in person and bring your completed Name Change Application, photo ID, any supporting documentation of name change, and your current CHL. 

Duplicate:The fee to replace a lost or stolen Umatilla County CHL card is $15.  You can report in person to our office without an appointment.   

FEDERAL PROHIBITIONS:

    Federal Law 18 U.S.C δ 922(g) in brief, prohibits possession of any firearm or ammunition by anyone who:
    • Has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
    • Who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
    • Who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner or child of an intimate partner
    • Who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence

PLACES CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE HOLDERS MAY NOT CARRY A FIREARM::

    Oregon law provides a few limits on where a person with a Concealed Handgun License can carry a firearm, and federal laws contain a few more prohibitions. Be aware that 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
    • Tribal reservations or Tribal property - you may not carry a firearm concealed without the written permission of the tribal council; this may also apply to certain casinos on Tribal lands. Contact the Tribal Police for more information 541-278-0550.
    • 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, business or facility where the owner prohibits firearms possession

If found with a handgun on these premises you may be subject to arrest under Oregon Laws, in which case your concealed handgun license would be seized and/or revoked.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

    • Q. How do I apply for an Oregon Concealed Handgun license?
    • A.
      • 1) Make sure that you meet the handgun competency requirements (see Handgun Safety Training section above). If you do not have documentation of training that meets the listed requirements, then you must complete training prior to applying.
      • 2) Review the Procedures Section above (including the Application and Instructions) for details regarding other required documentation, I.D. and fees.
      • 3) Once you have all your paperwork and identification together. Call and schedule an appointment with our office (the number is listed on the Application). Appointments can be anywhere from a week to over two months out, depending upon the volume of applicants we are receiving at the time. 
      • 4) If you are unable to download an application from online, please call our office and we would be happy to mail you one.
    • Q. How much does a concealed handgun license cost?
    • A.$65 is the fee to apply for a new CHL. See the Procedures Section above for detailed fees and procedures.

    • Q. Where can I take a class to meet the requirements for a concealed handgun license?
    • A. Review the Handgun Safety Training section above to see the type of training that meets State Law requirements, and then look for an instructor that matches the requirements. Instructors often advertise in newspapers, with local gun dealers, and with gun clubs etc. Some community colleges also offer classes.

    • Q. Does Umatilla County Sheriff’s office accept Out of State applicants?
    • A. Yes, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office does accept applications from out of state residents that live in states that border Oregon. 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. As an out of state applicant you will be required to submit a letter with your application. The letter needs to be addressed to the Umatilla County Sheriff and needs to request permission to apply as an out of state applicant stating a reason that is specific to Umatilla County. Traveling through Umatilla County en-route to another county is not considered a legitimate demonstrated need. Activities actually performed in Umatilla County are considered. (See the Procedure Section above and download the application and instructions for detailed information)

    • Q. Where is your office located?
    • A.We are located at the main sheriff's office in Pendleton.The address is 4700 NE Pioneer Place, Pendleton, Oregon.
    • Q. What are the hours of operation for the Concealed Handgun License Unit?
    • A.We schedule appointments for Concealed Handgun License applications on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 4:30pm.

    • Q. How long does it take to get my new CHL?
    • A.Upon approval, your CHL will be mailed to you within approximately 45 days.

    • Q. How long is my license valid?
    • A.Your concealed handgun license is valid for four years from date of issue. However, an arrest or involvement in criminal activity is cause for revocation.

    • Q. Is my Umatilla County issued Concealed Handgun License good for the entire state of Oregon or just Umatilla County?
    • A.The CHL is good for the entire State of Oregon.

    • Q. If I change my address do I need to contact anyone?
    • A.Yes. You are required to complete a change of address form. See Address Change under the Procedures section on this website for more details.

    • Q. Where can I read the Oregon concealed handgun law?
    • A. Oregon Revised Statutes regarding Concealed Handgun License start at ORS 166.291 and are available online at www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/Pages/ORS.aspx.

    • Q. Where can I not carry a firearm even with a concealed handgun license?
    • A. See the section above labeled Places Concealed Handgun license Holders May Not Carry a Firearm.

    • Q. How do I transfer my concealed handgun license from another county?
    • A. See the section above labeled Procedures for details and fees to Transfer.

    • Q. When should I arrive for my license appointment?
    • A.Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

    • Q. My license has expired; do I need to retake handgun safety training?
    • A. No. The renewal process is the same whether or not your license has expired. If your license has been expired for a long time and you no longer have the expired card, call our office. We can search records and if we still have documentation that you previously had a CHL you can apply as a renewal.

    • Q. Can my handgun safety training expire?
    • A.No, if you provide adequate documentation of training, the time frame does not matter.

    • Q. My license is going to expire with the next few months, does your office send out renewal notices? 
    • A.Yes, as a courtesy our offices mails out renewal notices and blank application forms. However, it is the responsibility of the individual license holder to be aware of the expiration date of their license and schedule an appointment for renewal.

    • Q. How soon before my expiration date can I renew my license?
    • A. There are no restrictions on how early you can schedule an appointment for renewal. However, a concealed handgun license is valid for four years from the date the license is issued, so the next four years will start from the date we issue the renewal. We generally mail out renewal notices between 30 and 60 days prior to the expiration date.

    • Q. Do I have to renew in person?
    • A. Yes, renewals are done by appointment only and in person. See the Procedure Section above for more details. (There are exceptions for active duty military, call our office with questions).

    • Q. What will disqualify me from obtaining a concealed handgun license?
    • A. See the Eligibility Requirements Section above.

    • Q. How will I find out if my application was denied or my concealed handgun license was revoked?
    • A.Notices of denial or revocation are sent by certified mail or are personally delivered.