Handgun License Requirements

Applications are accepted Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only from  10:30 AM to 1:30 p.m. only F. Dewayne Beggs Detention Center, (Cleveland County jail)  2550 W. Franklin Road, Norman, OK 73069. Call Tiffany Baum any weekday (M-F) at 405-701-7731 to make an appointment.

Appointments only — no walk ins. (Fingerprinting and application processing aren’t done the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year’s Day.) 

Requirements are subject to change without notice

OSBI requires applicants to be fingerprinted by the Sheriff’s Office in their county of residence. OSBI will “NOT” accept fingerprints for handgun license from anywhere else. Fingerprinting is included in the $25 fee.

While the Constitutional Carry law went into effect Nov. 1, 2019,  the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide fingerprinting services and to facilitate the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check. These services will be provided for those who still want the licensing for other reasons such as to be in compliance when traveling to other states that reciprocate with our gun licensing laws.

APPLICATION -- ( There are two (2) ways to complete the application )
Hard copy: (4 page application)
1. Pick up at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Building
111 N. Peters Ave, Norman, OK, 73069 (located on the 6th floor of the Vista building)
2. Print from OSBI’s website -OSBI’s Website.
Application must be completed in Black or Blue ink only. Do not use pencil.
The application is available to fill out on the OSBI’s website.
If the application is completed online, you may upload your passport photos and pay the OSBI fee using a Credit or Debit card. (This option is NOT available with the handwritten application)
After completing the online application, you will be given the option to print a “Summary” sheet. YOU WILL NEED THIS SUMMARY SHEET when processing your application. Please print the Summary Sheet.

What you will need to bring with you:
ORIGINAL Certificate from your class (OSBI will NOT accept a photo copy)
Certificate must be signed by an OSBI approved instructor listed on their website… Certified Gun Safety Instructor
Certificates are valid for three (3) years from the date on the certificate.
Completed Application
Handwritten or Online

Passport Photos (2) (if you did not do the application online)
May be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Kinko’s FedEx Office, photography studios, etc.
The photos must be professionally made.
Please write your last name and social security number on the back of the photos.
Payment (MUST be Money Order or Cashier’s Check ONLY)
OSBI = $100 for 5 year license // $200 for 10 year license
CCSO = $25 for fingerprinting, local background checks, and processing
NO cash, personal checks, credit or debit cards can or will be accepted
 Valid photo ID
(driver’s license, state issued ID card, military I D, etc).
If you weren’t born in the United States, bring proof of United States citizenship (passport, naturalization papers, or birth certificate stating you’re a U S citizen).

Military members
Active/Current -- bring a copy of your current orders
Inactive/Discharged -- copy of your DD214.

Upon arrival, you will be provided with a folder containing two fingerprint cards and a background check form to fill out. When completed, the clerk will review your paperwork, have you sign all necessary documents and you will be fingerprinted. The whole process takes from 10-20 minutes depending on how many applicants are in front of you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm -- (405) 701-7700.


It takes the Sheriff’s Office approx. two weeks to finish with your application packet, and then it’s mailed to OSBI. OSBI will investigate and verify all the information on your application. The OSBI could take up to three months before they approve or deny your application. If you apply at the same time as a spouse, family member or friends, you will NOT all received you license at the same time. Some get their licenses sooner than others.

If you are notified that your fingerprints “aren’t of FBI quality”, we will reprint you at NO charge. Reprints are done the same days and times as regular fingerprinting. Please bring your OSBI letter with you when you come in for the reprints. If your prints are rejected a second time, OSBI will allow you to be fingerprinted using a digital scanner at their office in Oklahoma City.

OSBI will mail your license to you at the mailing address you provided on your application.

The sheriff’s office isn’t notified if your license is delayed, approved or denied.

If you haven’t received your license after three and a half months, you may contact the OSBI for a status update by email or by phoning (405) 879-2690 and leaving a voicemail. Someone at OSBI will get back to you. OSBI asks that you not contact them unless it’s been at least three and a half months since you applied.

Corrections / Changes / Replacement / Renewal are ALL done directly through the OSBI