CCW Application Procedures

The Stark County Sheriff's Office is providing the listed information to accurately inform the public on the procedures to follow regarding the new Carrying Concealed Weapons Law beginning April 8th, 2004.  This information is being provided so as to give citizens guidance in making application for a Concealed Carry Permit in Stark County.

  1. The applicant must first obtain the twelve (12) hours of weapons proficiency training as required by the new law.  (Check with local sporting goods stores, gun clubs or colleges).   NOT OFFERED BY THE STARK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
  2. Insure the instructors offering the weapons training have a certificate of training from the National Rifle Association or the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy and are certified as instructors to teach firearms training.  Ask to see their credentials and certification.
  3. Upon successful completion of the  training and receipt of a firearm's training certificate from the training entity, the applicant must obtain a "CCW APPLICATION FORM"  and the "OHIO CONCEALED CARRY LAW PAMPHLET" as prepared by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The forms should be made available to you where you obtained your weapons training or on line at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov or www.sheriff.co.stark.oh.us The application forms and pamphlets will also be available in the lobby of the Stark County Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.
  4. The Stark County Sheriff's Office will process applications on Tuesday's from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday's from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Stark County Sheriff's Office located at 4500 Atlantic Blvd. N.E. - Canton, Ohio.  No appointment is necessary. Applicants will be processed on a first come first served basis.  No applications will be taken on holidays.  One applicant will be processed every half-hour beginning from 7:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break being from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  
    THE APPLICATION FORM MUST  BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO A PERSON BEING PROCESSED.
  5. The applicant must have the following items when coming to the Stark County Sheriff's Office to process their application for a Carrying Concealed Weapons Permit:
    a) Their completed application form
    b) Copy of informational pamphlet
    c) Copies of their firearms training certificate
    d) Current photo identification (i.e. drivers license, state identification)
    e) Passport size color photo taken within the last thirty-days
    f) One of the following methods of payment for the NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE:
        1) Money Order
        2) Cashier's Check
        3) Certified Bank Check

    LICENSE FEES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 16, 2009:
    $67.00 new issue for a five-year license
    $91.00 new issue for a five-year license - resident for less than five years
    $50.00 renewal fee
    $74.00 renewal fee - resident for less than five years
    $37.00 emergency / temporary fee
    $61.00 emergency / temporary fee - resident for less than five years
    $15.00 replacement fee
    (new, renewing, emergency / temporary) applicants who have been a resident of the State of Ohio less than five years must undergo the FBI background check

     made payable to the "Stark County Treasurer"
    WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL OR BUSINESS CHECKS OR CASH
    g) DO NOT BRING ANY FIREARMS TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE

  6. One applicant will be processed at a time and their completed application, informational pamphlet and method of payment will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy.  Fingerprints will be obtained through the Web Check System and sent electronically to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification for a background check
  7. The applicant will provide all the necessary information to conduct the required background investigation by the Sheriff's Office.  The applicant will then be notified as outlined, of the next step on the process.
  8. The applicant will be contacted within forty-five days by phone or mail to either schedule an appointment to receive their permit or by certified return receipt mail to advise them if their application has been denied and the reason for the denial.   The appeal process will also be explained in the certified letter to the applicant if their application is denied.
  9. Any questions anyone may have concerning the Carrying Concealed Weapons law or applying for a "TEMPORARY EMERGENCY PERMIT" can be directed to the Sheriff's Office by either emailing strkshrf@raex.com or by phoning the Sheriff's Office at 330-451-1383.