When an applicant submits their Live Scan to the DOJ, part of the check is their legal permanent resident status. If the Live Scan application comes back clear from DOJ, the applicant is considered to be a legal permanent resident. The discretion to accept the CCW license application then lies with the respective Chief of Police or County Sheriff. To date, no applications under these circumstances have been rejected.
Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 26210, the licensee shall notify the licensing authority in writing within 10 days of any change in the licensee’s place of residence. If both of the following conditions are satisfied, a license to carry a concealed handgun may not be revoked solely because the licensee’s place of residence has changed to another county:
- The licensee has not breached any of the conditions or restrictions set forth in the license.
- The licensee has not become prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm.
A CCW license issued in the State of California is valid throughout the state, as well as 24 other states in the US.
A standard CCW license is valid for a 2-year period from the issue date. A Judicial License is valid for a 3-year period from the issue date.
The average processing time for CCW licenses is 3 months. Shorter timeframes are common, but are not guaranteed. Timeframes vary based on Department and Applicant response.
Fees vary based on the type of CCW license requested, but generally include: processing, licensing, fingerprinting, and vendor qualification fees. For a detailed breakdown of fees you can click the FEE SCHEDULE button on MyDASH.
Through MyCCW.us, Applicants have the option to apply for expedited processing with their participating Local Police Department. This is an alternative option to applying directly with their County Sheriff’s Department. For a detailed comparison please visit MyDASH.
CCW licenses are generally restricted to 3 qualified firearms, unless further restricted by the licensing agency. Firearms must be registered in the Applicant’s or a spouse’s name, and the Applicant must qualify with each firearm they intend to list on their CCW license.
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The short answer is yes, an employer can write a letter of character reference. Restrictions are geared toward family members and employees; or otherwise individuals that may stand to benefit from offering a positive reference. If you have any concerns regarding acceptable letters of character reference please feel free to contact us.
Keep in mind that while the “Good Cause” statement is important, it is just one component of the entire application process. An Applicant must pass the Department and DOJ checks, the Investigator Interview, the Psych Review, the Safety Course & Weapons Qual, and the Department Final Review. Acceptable “Good Cause” statements are at the sole discretion of the issuing Department’s Licensing Authority, and guidelines may vary by Department.