Office Location

Hamilton County Justice Center
1000 Sycamore Street, Room 100
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Office Number: (513) 946-6213

Fax: (513) 946-6211


Business Hours

Monday through Friday 7:00am – 3:00pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays


  • New Issue: $68
    • $80 if in Ohio less than 5 years
  • Renewal Issue: $51
    • $63 if in Ohio less than 5 years
  • Replacement: $16
  • Change of Name or Address: $6


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Have you ever had a permit within the State of Ohio?

Have you ever had a permit within the State of Ohio?

Important Emergency Permit Information:

The law allows for the issuance of an emergency license without proof of competency certification under extraordinary circumstances. The law states that upon receipt of evidence of imminent danger on a sworn affidavit, a license will be issued. This license may be issued to an Ohio resident or non-resident temporarily staying in Ohio.

  • Evidence of imminent danger:
    • A written document from a government entity or public official describing facts that give the person reasonable cause to fear such a criminal attack. Such documents may include, but are not limited to, temporary protection orders, civil protection orders, a protection order of another state, a court order, and any report filed with or made by a law enforcement agency or prosecutor (referral).

The temporary emergency license lasts for 90 days. If you wish to have your license last longer, you must apply for the license through the normal process and present proof of competency certification.

How to Apply:
  • Apply in person Monday – Friday, between the hours of 7am – 2pm at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (Room 100)
  • Bring court documents and a valid state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license)

Have you ever had a permit within the State of Ohio?

Name Change:

To update your permit with a name change, the permit cannot be expired, and you will need legal documentation (e.g. Divorce Decree, Court Documents, or Marriage Certificate).*

*The online application uses a 3rd party card processing system.  This system uses the address/zip code off the credit card.  If you have moved and not updated your address/zip code with the CC company, the purchase will be declined due to the discrepancy between the two.

Address Change:

Technically you have 45 days to Notify us of your address change.  To update your permit with an address change, the permit cannot be expired, and you will need legal documentation (Postal Name Change form, updated Driver’s License).

Requirements and Link to Update:

Click here for a name or address change to your license. No appointment necessary.

  • You will be asked to upload  your court documents and a valid state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license)
Suspended Licenses: 

A suspended license is the result of having disqualifying criminal charges or the issuance of a Protection Order brought against you.

A certified letter with a return receipt requested will be sent to your last known address, stating that your CCW Permit has been suspended. You are required to surrender your CCW license to the Sheriff’s Office within ten days of the date on which the notice was mailed.

In the event that your court case is dismissed, you were found not guilty or any other disposition where you were not convicted (e.g. you completed a deferral program and/or probation) your permit may be reinstated upon review of court documents.

Note:  It is your responsibility to provide the required court documents to re-instate your Permit.  Please understand we have to wait for the court documents to be updated (this may take a few days).

Revoked Licenses: 

A revocation occurs after a conviction of any of the disqualifying offenses, at this time all rights to Concealed Carry are no longer available.  Your Firearms Safety Course Certification is no longer valid and will not be honored.  A new certification course is required after all disqualifying offenses have been expunged or relief of disability has been issued.

Upon scheduling your initial appointment, you were assigned an Order Number, this number will allow you to track your appointment information and allow you to reschedule.

Click here to reschedule your appointment.

Click here to track your application and/or to upload your documents.

Please have your 9 character Alpha/Numeric Order Number, your email, and password from the application process ready. 

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Jail Services

Corrections Officers play a critical role in the custody, security, and treatment of inmates or detainees while learning and developing the interpersonal skills required to perform a range of corrections officer assignments. Working in the jail provides valuable experience, knowledge, and communication to prepare Deputies to move into various roles within the Sheriff’s Office.

Our employment process is rigorous, and we only select those few who are passionate about engaging with their community and serving those around them. Due to the significance of the sworn position, applicants must always be truthful in their application responses and during the entire certification/hiring process. Failure to be truthful during the certification/employment process may disqualify an applicant. Truthfulness and candor in this application process are important requirements for becoming a Correctional Officer.

Corrections Academy

Corrections Officers are hired into our 10-week, paid Corrections Academy, where they learn Teamwork, Inmate communication/de-escalation tactics, Teamwork, physical conditioning, defensive tactics, first aid, and laws/regulations. Students must meet the testing, attendance, and physical conditioning requirements to complete the Academy successfully. Recruits learn a sense of community and Accountability the HCSO way:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a High School Diplo9ma or GED equivalence
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving history
  • Candidate must be able to pass a drug screening, medical examination by a licensed physician, and a CVSA (lie detector)
  • Candidate must be 18 years of age prior to the hire date
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or Naturalization Certified
  • Candidate must have a clean criminal record, including no felony convictions
  • Candidate must not have had a DUI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime
  • Candidate must have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable

Applicants may be disqualified from consideration for certification/employment as a Correctional Officer if it is determined that the applicant:

  • Was untruthful, deliberately omitted, concealed, or falsified relevant facts during the certification/employment consideration process;
  • Been convicted of a felony;
  • Committed serious employment-related crimes;
  • Sold illegal drugs;
  • Used illegal drugs within a specific period of time; OR
  • Acquired extensive debt or evidence of extreme financial negligence


Corrections Officers work 12-hour shifts: 7 am – 7 pm or 7 pm to 7 am. There is occasionally mandatory overtime in 4-hour increments. There is also a mandatory shift that is worked once every 30 days.

Please note:  If you apply for a corrections officer position, most communication(s) from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be via email. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure your email address is current in your online profile and that you check your email, including “Spam” and “Junk” folders, to ensure you do not miss any notifications. In addition to checking your personal email account, you may also check for notifications by logging in to the online application system and utilizing your login and password.