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Ohio is home‐rule state. Law enforcement matters are controlled at the local level by the local police agencies and county sheriffs.

State Details

Who Can Qualify

Retired law enforcement officers from agencies/departments in Ohio should contact their former department for the retired officer credentials and annual qualification. If the department from which an officer retired will not conduct the annual qualification, the retired officer must be qualified by an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission approved instructor. The commission’s list of approved schools can be found online at: 


Contact your local police agency and/or county sheriff’s office.

State Law/Regulation/Directive



It is noted that the State of Ohio does not issue qualification cards. The only document that shows whether an active duty officer has qualified with a firearm is an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) score sheet.

LEOSA states that: 

“(d) The identification required by this subsection is‐‐
(1) a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that identifies the person as having been employed as a police officer or law enforcement officer and indicates that the individual has, not less recently than one year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the agency to meet the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training as established by the agency to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or

(2)(A) a photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that indicates the person as having been employed as a police officer or law enforcement officer; and

(B) a certification issued by the State in which the individual resides or by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State that indicates that the individual has, not less than 1 year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the State or a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State to have met‐‐

(I) the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training, as established by the State, to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or

(II) if the State has not established such standards, standards set by any law enforcement agency within that State to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.”

The issuance of qualification cards is left to the local police departments/sheriffs offices.

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