Ohio Reciprocity

Effective March 23, 2015, Ohio recognizes the concealed handgun license of any non-resident who has a valid concealed handgun license from any other state, regardless of whether Ohio has entered into a reciprocity agreement with that state.

More information can be found here: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Concealed-Carry/Concealed-Carry-Reciprocity-Agreements

States that Recognize Ohio resident Concealed Pistol License:

• Alabama
• Alaska
• Arizona
• Arkansas
• Delaware
• Florida
• Idaho
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Maine
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• Montana
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• New Mexico
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Oklahoma
• South Dakota
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Utah
• Vermont
• Washington
• West Virginia
• Wisconsin
• Wyoming

**Again, anyone traveling in one of these states needs to check their laws, which in many instances are available on that state’s website or by calling the state’s Attorney Generals office or the office of the State Police.

States that DO NOT recognize Ohio resident Concealed Pistol License:

• California
• Connecticut
• Hawaii
• Illinois
• Massachusetts
• New Jersey
• New York
• Oregon
• Rhode Island
• Virginia (Effective Feb 1st, 2016, the Virginia attorney general has terminated its reciprocity agreement with Ohio)

Passing Through Other States that Don’t Honor Ohio Concealed Pistol License (CPL):

If you’re passing through a state that doesn’t honor the Ohio CPL, but you have a CPL for Ohio. Ensure that your pistol or gun is locked up in a locking case, in your vehicle, apart from the ammunition in the truck of your vehicle.

Federal law expressly provides that persons may carry a firearm in their vehicles while traveling through another state provided that the possession of the weapon is legal in both the states of origin and destination and the weapon is unloaded and carried in the trunk of the vehicle or a locked container other than the glove box. See 18 U.S.C.926a


Non-residents of Ohio wishing to carry a concealed pistol in Ohio:

Non residents of Ohio wishing to carry a concealed pistol in Ohio under the license of another state may do so, as long as they are temporarily in Ohio. No matter what license you carry, you must obey Ohio’s laws while in Ohio.

Concealed Weapon Permit Reciprocity


If you are an Ohio resident with an Ohio concealed pistol permit and want to carry your pistol into another state you are strongly encouraged to contact that state for information on their concealed pistol law. An Ohio CPL permit does not supersede any other state’s law or CCW requirements.