Obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun
*Note: Since November 1, 2012, SDA License Holders have had the option to carry their handgun in an open or concealed manner.
Oklahoma Self Defense Act – (SDA)
Oklahoma Self Defense Act (SDA) – Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section1290.1 et seq. The current”SDA Law Book” includes legislative changes that went into effect on November 1, 2016.
Self-Defense HandbookPrevious editions of the “SDA Law Book”, revised prior to November 1, 2016, should not be relied upon for determining current requirements and procedures involved in acquiring a concealed handgun license.
The information listed on this web page is a brief summary of particular sections of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. The information is provided as a convenience and is not a complete statement of the Oklahoma SDA. The text of the sections of Oklahoma Title 21, Sections 1 through 25 is “the Law” and any discrepancy between the information published here and the SDA should be considered an error or omission. Interested parties are encouraged to review the content of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act provided in whole on the www.ok.gov website.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to read and become knowledgeable of the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. In addition to the basic eligibility requirements, the law includes a number of conditions that affect an applicant’s right to have a handgun license. These conditions are listed under Sections 1290.10 (Mandatory Preclusions) and 1290.11 (Other Preclusions) of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
The Brady Act is a federal law that regulates firearms purchases nationwide – Brady Act Information. If an individual is ineligible to possess a firearm under the Brady Act, he or she is ineligible to obtain an Oklahoma SDA license
As part of the application process, the OSBI conducts background checks at the local, state and national levels.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ALL APPLICANTS TO REVIEW ALL OF THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND PRECLUSIONS IN THE LAW BEFORE SUBMITTING A CONCEALED WEAPON LICENSE APPLICATION. IF IT IS DETERMINED DURING PROCESSING THAT AN APPLICANT HAS NOT MET ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS OR IF ANY OF THE PRECLUSIONS ARE FOUND TO PERTAIN TO THE APPLICANT, THE APPLICATION WILL BE DENIED AND THE PROCESSING FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
TITLE 21 § 1290.1 SHORT TITLE
Sections 1 through 25 of Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes shall be known and may be cited as the “Oklahoma Self-Defense Act”. Those sections which address candidate eligibility and the process for acquiring a concealed handgun license have been briefly covered herein. Applicants are encouraged to review all sections of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, prior to initiating the application process.
TITLE 21 § 1290.9 ELIGIBILITY
All applicants for a concealed handgun license must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Establish a residency in the State of Oklahoma. For purposes of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act, the term “residency” shall apply to any person who either possesses a valid Oklahoma driver license or state photo identification card, and physically resides in this state or has permanent military orders within this state and possesses a valid driver license from another state where such person claims residency;
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
- Complete a firearms safety and training course and demonstrate competence and qualifications with the type of pistol to be carried by the person as provided in Section 1290.14 of this title, and submit proof of training and qualification or an exemption for training and qualification as authorized by Section 1290.14 of this title;
- Submit the required fee and complete the application process as provided in Section 1290.12 of this title; and
- Comply in good faith with the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
The preceding requirements shall apply to any person making application to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for a concealed handgun license pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act. (Section 1290.9 – Requirements for License)
TITLE 21 § 1290.10 MANDATORY PRECLUSIONS
In addition to the requirements stated in Section 1290.9 of this title, the conditions stated in Section 1290.10 shall preclude a person from eligibility for a handgun license. The occurrence of any one of the conditions listed in Section 1290.10 shall deny the person the right to have a handgun license pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self- Defense Act. (Section 1290.10 – Conditions which prevent licensing)
TITLE 21 § 1290.11 OTHER PRECLUSIONS
In addition to the mandatory preclusions listed in Section 1290.10, there are other conditions which shall preclude a person from eligibility for a handgun license, for a period of time as prescribed in the paragraphs listed within Section 1290.11. (Section 1290.11 – Additional conditions for denial)
TITLE 21 § 1290.12 PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION
The procedure for applying for a handgun license and processing an application will require several months’ time and the payment of fees to OSBI and the local Sheriff’s Office. An exception to this statement is provided in paragraph 11 of this subsection. (Section 1290.12 – Applying for a handgun license)
TITLE 21 § 1290.14 SAFETY AND TRAINING COURSE
Each applicant for a license to carry a concealed or unconcealed handgun pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act must successfully complete a firearms safety and training course in this state conducted by a registered and approved firearms instructor as provided by the provisions of this section. (Section 1290.14 – Training Course Requirements)
Application Submission Results
Once OSBI has received the complete application, processing time will be 60-90 days. Incomplete applications will not be processed and all processing fees are non-refundable.
Approved applicants will receive their license at the mailing address listed on the application via 1st class mail. Denied applicants will receive written notification by 1st class mail.
Requirements for Applying for a Self Defense Act License
- In order to complete the application process through the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office (“TCSO”), the applicant must appear in person and be a resident of Tulsa County.
- A current Oklahoma driver’s license or other official Oklahoma ID will be required. Exception: Military personnel who have permanent military orders within the state of Oklahoma and possess a valid driver license from another state where such person claims residency.
- If born outside of the United States, proof of citizenship is required.
- A completed Application for Self-Defense Act License. The application may be completed online or you may download a blank copy of the form here. OSBI will only accept applications submitted on the current SDA application form. Remember to sign your application.
- Attach two color passport style photographs to your application. Personally printed photos must be passport quality to be acceptable. TCSO provides photo service for $10.00.
- The original certificate of completion from a firearms safety and training course must accompany the SDA application. State law requires that applicants for a license to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms pass an Oklahoma Self-Defense Act gun-safety course. Previously, no limits have been placed on the life of a firearms-safety course certification, but a new law (Oklahoma HB 2874) that went into effect November 1, 2014 puts a three-year limit on gun class certifications.
- Two complete sets of fingerprints will be taken by TCSO Records personnel.
- TCSO will send the complete application package to OSBI for processing; allow 60-90 days for the application process.
Fee / Payment Information
FEES CHARGED BY THE TULSA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
|Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Fee Description||Amount|
|Fingerprinting and processing fee:||$25|
|Pictures (if needed):||$10|
A credit card*, or a money order or cashier’s check made payable to “Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office”, are acceptable forms of payment for the fees for services provided by TCSO. OSBI fees are not considered TCSO services.
*A convenience fee of $1.95 will be added to credit card transactions. Neither TCSO nor Tulsa County government receives any portion of the convenience fee.
FEES REQUIRED BY THE OKLAHOMA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
|Type of License Application||Term||Cost|
|5 Year License||$100|
|10 Year License||$200|
Expired Renewal Application
(License expired less than 3 years)
|5 Year License||$85|
|10 Year License||$170|
Expired Renewal Application
(License expired more than 3 years)
|5 Year License||$85|
|10 Year License||$170|
When paying OSBI fees to TCSO, the only acceptable forms of payment are Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks. If you complete the application on-line, OSBI fees may be paid with a credit card. If you remit OSBI fees to TCSO, they cannot be paid with a credit card.
PERSONAL CHECKS, BUSINESS CHECKS AND CASH ARE NOT ACCEPTED BY OSBI.
Links to useful SDA Information
- Download an Application for Self-defense Act License (PDF format) to be completed by hand.
- Download the SDA Law Book and associated forms from here.
- Download a Summary Sheet of the information contained on this webpage.
Go to the Frequently Asked Questions… page on the www.OK.gov/OSBI website.