All pistol permit applicants are required to take a Handgun Safety Course. The Sheriff's Office conveniently offers several Handgun Safety classes per month. Additionally, the Sheriff's Office has established a list of approved and recommended instructors from around the area who teach an approved safety curriculum. Applicants may also choose to take training from other sources and submit their training certificates with their gun permit application.
If you choose from the approved and recommended list a common syllabus is taught and an Orange County Sheriff's Office certificate is issued. The certificate you receive from an Instructor on the Recommended List may be submitted with your Pistol Permit application. However, it does not represent admission into the Orange County Sheriff's Office Civilian Tactical Handgun Training program.
Instructors on the Recommended Instructor List are divided by geographical area in the county and their fees are listed. Instructors whose fee is marked with an * indicates that there are additional fees such as mileage, or discounts for multiple students, or private lessons available from that Instructor. Unmarked Instructors means the published fee is the only charge for the course. Pistol Permit Applicants are encouraged to contact the Instructor for a more in-depth review of their fee.
In the event there is any dispute about the published fee pistol permit applicants are charged, complaints may be forwarded to Sheryl Thomas at [email protected] or (845) 291-4441.
If you are an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (Certified Pistol Instructor preferred) and/or USCCA Certified Pistol Instructor and would like to be placed on the Recommended Instructor’s List download and complete the following forms. Submit the forms to Sheryl Thomas. If approved, you will be contacted with a meeting date to review the approved safety curriculum and reporting procedures.