Oregon CHL Safety Training

The Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Safety Training course is approximately 4 hours and is conducted by the certified instructors at Defensive Firearms Instruction. Successful completion of the course provides you with the certificate required to apply for your Oregon CHL.

By Oregon law if you want to carry a firearm concealed upon your person, or concealed and readily accessible within a vehicle, you must have an Oregon CHL issued by your county Sheriff’s office. You must be at least 21 years of age, have proof of good character – including, but not limited to: No felony convictions, misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence, or active restraining orders, and demonstrate competence with a handgun. The Oregon CHL Safety Training meets the required educational requirements set by ORS 166.291 to apply. The information delivered in the safety course is cited from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).


Oregon CHL Reciprocity

Oregon CHL is recognized in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont.


It is the responsibility of all Oregon CHL holders to know and understand the applicable firearm laws of the states within which they plan to visit or venture. 


Course Topics Include

  • Firearms safety rules
  • Proper storage and transportation
  • Proper firearms handling
  • Operation and selection of the five main types of handguns
  • How to properly clean and maintain your firearm
  • Ammunition types and selection
  • Concealment considerations
  • Civil and criminal laws pertaining to carrying concealed
  • Use-of-force laws
  • Decision-making process for use of deadly force
  • Constitutional law
  • Interacting with law enforcement
  • Legal backing considerations
  • Where you can and cannot carry your firearm
  • Responsibilities associated with firearms ownership


You will need the following when you apply for your Oregon CHL

  • An appointment with your local county Sheriff’s office to submit an application
  • Certification of completion of a firearms safety class (obtained by taking this course)
  • Valid Oregon ID/Drivers License with current address
  • Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Fingerprints and (2”x2”) Passport Photo (completed during this course and included in course price)
  • Completed county application (obtained on your local county Sheriff’s Office website)
  • DD 214 (for prior military)
  • Oregon CHL payment fee of $115 (This is separate from the course fee. Confirm amount with your local county Sheriff’s office when scheduling appointment)
  • Oregon CHL renewal cost is $75.00 and can be done every 4 years.
  • Your local county Sheriff’s office must be notified within 30 days of an address change.


What To Bring

  • Valid form of government issued Photo ID
  • Notepad
  • Pen

Note: Oregon firearms safety courses do not require live fire exercises, so no firearm is needed for the course.


Private Training

With advanced notice, local private training can be set up for parties of 7 or more at our training facility. Please contact us for more details.

View upcoming Oregon CHL Safety Training

Cost $80.00