Waiting for Your New Carry License? What to Know in Oklahoma

As an Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield, I am often asked what happens if a member loses their license to carry. Can the person continue to carry while waiting on a replacement license to arrive?


Oklahoma Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) holders are in luck. As of November 1, 2019, a handgun license is not required for concealed or open carry if one can otherwise qualify to legally carry a handgun. Having once qualified for a CHL automatically qualifies one to constitutionally carry a firearm for self-defense.

If a CHL holder loses their CHL card or is waiting on a replacement, they can still carry under the new constitutional carry law. That means the old requirement of having to carry the card whenever one chose to carry their handgun is gone.

People who are qualified to carry a firearm in Oklahoma under the Self Defense Act can carry without a permit. No permit is required to carry when a person legally qualifies to carry.

For any questions about constitutional carry, carrying when your CHL is lost or misplaced, or carrying during the waiting period to receive your CHL, don’t hesitate to call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.


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