Carrying concealed weapons requires a permit in California. Permits are issued by the county sheriff’s office. Contact your local sheriff's office to get a permit. Contact information for all the of the state's offices is available on the California State Sheriffs’ Association website. California law does not recognize permits from other states, and you are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon unless you have a permit from California.
Download the concealed weapons permit application from your local sheriff’s office online or stop into the sheriff’s office and pick up a copy of the application. Print or pick up a copy of the supporting documentation checklist so that you can gather all the related information for your application.
Supply proof that you're a California county resident and that you are 21 or older. Adults 18 and over may carry firearms, but if you plan on carrying a concealed weapon you must be 21 or older.
Provide proof that your need to carry a concealed weapon is job-related or that you are more endangered than normal citizens if you do not carry a concealed weapon. The CCW Supporting Documentation Checklist lets you know what other information you need. The checklist is located on the sheriff office’s website or in your local sheriff’s office.
Fill out the form completely and attach all your documentation to it. Fees vary from county to county. The application fee may be up to $150, but it will not exceed that amount.
File the form with the sheriff’s office by mailing it in or dropping it off. Wait for a response from the sheriff’s office. You will receive notification by mail if you can carry a permit, and you will receive your CCW permit in the mail.
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