How to 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.
OSBI Instructions for Initial Application
Initial Application Instructions
Requirements for Applying for a Self Defense Act License
Links to useful SDA information
Print out a summary of the information on this page –
Oklahoma Self Defense Act – (SDA)
Defense Act (SDA)
21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section1290.1 et seq.
The “SDA Law
Book” (with the red cover), found on the
website, includes legislative changes that went into effect on November 1, 2013.
editions of the “SDA Law Book” have covers that are different colors and
should not be relied upon for determining current requirements and
procedures involved in acquiring a concealed handgun license.
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
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
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)
1290.11 (Other Preclusions)
of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
The Brady Act is a federal law that regulates firearms purchases nationwide -
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
THE PROCESSING FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
TITLE 21 § 1290.1 SHORT TITLE
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 §
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
6. Comply in
good faith with the provisions of the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.
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.
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
which prevent licensing)
TITLE 21 § 1290.11 OTHER
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.
conditions for denial)
TITLE 21 § 1290.12 PROCEDURE FOR
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
TITLE 21 § 1290.14 SAFETY AND
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
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.
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
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
A current Oklahoma driver’s license or other official Oklahoma ID will be
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
. 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 goes into effect November 1, 2014 puts a three-year limit on gun
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.
Fees charged by
the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Fees
Fingerprinting and processing fee
Pictures (if needed):
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.
* Effective August 1, 2014 fees for services provided by TCSO can be paid with a VISA or MasterCard credit/debit card.
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.
by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Type of License
(License expired less than 3 years)
(License expired more than 3 years)
Acceptable forms of payment include
Money Orders, Cashier’s Checks and credit cards. (Visa, MasterCard,
American Express and Discover).
PERSONAL CHECKS, BUSINESS CHECKS AND
CASH ARE NOT ACCEPTED BY OSBI.
Links to useful SDA Information:
Self-defense Act License (PDF format)
to be completed by hand.
Download the SDA Law Book and associated forms from
of the information contained on this webpage.
Go to the
Frequently Asked Questions…
page on the www.OK.gov/OSBI website.