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CCW Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the process to get a CCW permit (permit to carry a concealed firearm)?

A: Generally, you can apply online at your (county of residence) sheriff’s website.  Though the process is a little different for each county, most county sheriffs have an online process.  The process includes:

  • filling out an application (see links below for online applications)

  • stating the reason you want/need a CCW permit (which is usually "protection of self and family")

  • having an initial face to face interview to review your application

  • receiving an initial letter approving you to get your fingerprints done for a background check

  • receiving a background check approval letter

  • taking an approved CCW Training course (8 to 16 hours) depending on county. This includes qualifying with the guns you’ll have on your permit

  • filing the final paperwork including CCW course completion certificate

  • having final interview/pickup of your new CCW permit


Q: How long does the CCW permit process take to complete?

A: Generally 10-12 months (varies by county) from start to finish. (Currently, 12/01/2020, it is typically taking 12 months due to the increased demand for CCW permits in all counties.)


Q: What are the website addresses for Sacramento and surrounding counties to apply for a CCW permit?

A:  List of local county sheriff’s CCW pages below:


Sacramento County Sheriff:


San Joaquin County Sheriff:

 

Yolo County Sheriff:


El Dorado County Sheriff:

 

Placer County Sheriff: