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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.  Some cities have their Police Department issue CCW permits so check with them first (usually online) to see if they are issuing CCW permits for city residents if you live inside city boundaries.  In Sacramento County, the sheriff handles all CCW permits for those that reside in Sacramento County.  Though the process is a little different for each county, most county sheriffs and city police chiefs have an online process.  The process includes:

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

  • stating a reason you want/need a CCW permit is no longer permitted due to the Supreme Court decision June 2022

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

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

  • receiving a background check approval letter/email or a letter/email telling you to go take the required CCW Training course

  • 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.                  Note: Ripon Police Department requires taking the 8-hour course before you apply with the department.

  • 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 2-5 months (varies by county) from start to finish. (Currently, 8/01/2023, it is typically taking about 4-5 months in Sacramento County)

Q: What are the CCW website addresses for Sacramento, San Joaquin, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and the City of West Sacramento to apply for a CCW permit?

A:  Below is the list of CCW links for Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, El Dorado County, Placer County, Yolo County and the City of West Sacramento to start your online CCW application:

Sacramento County Sheriff:

San Joaquin County Sheriff:

City of West Sacramento:


Yolo County Sheriff:

El Dorado County Sheriff:

City of Ripon: Application Instructions and Download - Ripon Police Department - CCW-Initial-Application-packet.pdf

City of Winters:

Placer County Sheriff: