I've had mine for 12-14 years now. I've never had to take classes to extend mine. Only if I let it totally expire, but then all I would be doing is reapplying and had to redo the class again. I guess states differ from state to state.
Dang that sucks to have to take the test again. Here is Kentucky's renewal process :
Not less than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the expiration date of a CCDW license, the Department of State Police shall mail to each licensee a written notice of the expiration and a renewal form. If you wish to renew your CCDW license, you must take the renewal notice, a CCDW License Citizenship/Immigration Status Affidavit and a color photograph to the Sheriff of your county of residence. You can download the CCDW License Citizenship/Immigration Status Affidavit (KSP 131) to be submitted with the renewal form to the Sheriff of your county of residence by clicking here. The photograph must be in color. The photograph must be no less than three and one-half (3 1⁄2) inches by four (4) inches and no more than four (4) inches by five (5) inches. The photograph shall display the full front of the head and the facial features of the applicant. The applicant shall not wear sunglasses or attire that obscures their facial features in the photograph. The photograph shall be an original photograph or a photographic copy developed from the negative of an original photograph and must not be an image produced by a computer, copier or other copy machine. Digital photographs or their printed images are not acceptable.
If you fail to renew your license on or before the expiration date and wish to renew your license, you will be required to pay an additional late fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00).
To pay the renewal fee, you must submit a payment to the Sheriff in the amount of twenty dollars and a check or money order in the amount of forty dollars (fifty five dollars if the renewal application is submitted after the expiration date of the license) payable to the Department of State Police.
If six months or more has passed since the expiration date of your license, your license has permanently expired and cannot be renewed. If your license has permanently expired, you may reapply for licensure pursuant to KRS 237.110 by obtaining a CCDW application from the Sheriff of your county of residence.
Well, I live in the state of MS, and ours is for 5 years, but there is an extension you can add on to your permit where it allows you to carry many other places, where as the regular permit will not, like post offices, churches, banks, court rooms that(ARE NOT) in session, malls (which I carry on me anyway, I dont want to take a chance going from the parking lot and back) etc. I think its an all day class with time on the shooting range also.
Its crazy that us law abiding citizens can not carry in malls, which is a prime place of rampant crime, in the parking lot going to and from the car, where you and your loved ones are especially vulnerable. So they stop responsible, law abiding citizens, that carry legally, from protecting themselves from the criminals that get the guns illegally. That makes me,you and our loved ones open to getting robbed, beat up, etc from the scum. Amazing. I carry in the mall anyway(my little secret). I refuse to go down not fighting for my loved ones and for myself. I will just have to face the consequences later I guess, Whatever.
In NV, a CCW permitee may carry in churches, casinos, bars, whorehouses (yes, we have them, outside of city limits), banks, malls, department stores, convenience stores, and the like.
The obviously prohibited areas are of course schools (on the property, parking lot, or in the buildings; we have no exclusion zones around schools, so the street and sidewalk right in front of the school is legal), post office (includes the parking lot, property and building), courthouses (same: includes property and building), airports (inside the buildings only, carry is legal on airport property, i.e., exterior walkways, parking lot/parking structure, etc.), police stations, parks services structures (carry OK in State and National parks, but not in any buildings thereon), any government building (city hall, DMV, etc; except if the government office is located in a "privately owned" building, then carry is OK in that building but not in the floors/offices occupied by government offices) and a few others.
Carry (concealed or open) or transport (even locked up in the trunk of a car) is not legal on Tribal Lands, but this is by Tribal Law and not State or Federal Law. The ONLY exception is right to free travel thru Tribal Lands when on a road maintained by the State or the City. Means a highway bisecting Tribal Land is OK for transport of firearm, but when you pull off of that road (say into the parking lot of the smoke shop), then it is Tribal Land and is illegal. Regulating Agency is the Tribal Police and not local law enforcement.
Owners of Private Property (such as casinos, malls, shopping centers, department stores, etc) may post signs prohibiting carry (open or concealed), but in NV they do not carry the force of law. A CCW permitee can choose to ignore the signs, but if it is discovered that he/she is carrying and is asked to leave, they must do so immediately or face trespassing charges.
CCW permitees are allowed to carry in LAND public transportation (city buses) but not in any vehicle owned or in use by a school or any branch of the government.
When they issue you a permit to begin with, I feel its all a money making thing to say you have to pay more money to get some kind of extension to the permit you already have, just too carry in more places. Its crazy. Whats the difference? I dont get it. Just because I can carry in some places, I have to pay more money and take a class to be able to carry in another place. I guess paying more money lifts all of that then, doesnt it. So crazy. Just another way to control and get more money.
Don't have one, considering whether to get one or not...
Ohio you have to take a class and qualify at a range, sounds a lot like the copy/paste earlier from AZ. It is only good for 5 years, then you have to show proof of range time in that 5 years and you are ok. The 2nd renewal IIRC requires another class. I think the class and range time are good ideas - helps you to learn the laws and maybe where to find the info on them. They also teach those who wish to get the permit proper firearm handling and use. They are designed for those who have never fired a firearm. Having to go back for a renewal makes sense too, since laws are always changing, they might teach you a new one that may have slipped by you.
The 2nd main reason I don't have mine yet is the lawyer thing. I do not have one, only used one once for a dissolution of marriage, and I wouldn't trust my life to him in a shooting incident. I would have no idea on where to look for one that I could trust - I don't trust others with my life like that too easily, and I fear the ones I may be able to would be out of my price range.
Around here (northern Nevada), civilians with CCW permits tend to receive more respect from LEO, I have noticed. Of course, a lot has to do with appearance and demeanor, but still, LEOs here by and large acknowledge that CCW permitees have taken the time and the expense to learn not only how to shoot and shoot well, but also the intricacies of the laws governing concealed carry and use of deadly force.
Believe me, and dont get me wrong. I agree with spending alot of time at the range, shooting, practicing. Thats a great thing. You can never practice/shoot enough, like practicing self defense moves, such as martial arts, etc.