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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/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

  • 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 3-6 months (varies by county) from start to finish. (Currently, 07/01/2022, it is typically taking about 6 months in Sacramento County due to the increased demand for CCW permits.)

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: