How long does it take to obtain a CCW license?

The average processing time for CCW licenses is 3 months. Shorter timeframes are common, but are not guaranteed. Timeframes vary based on the Department and the Applicant’s completion of requirements.

What qualifies as a “Good Cause” Statement?

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.

Can a letter of character reference be written by an employer?

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.

How many firearms can I carry?

CCW licenses are restricted to 3 qualified firearms, unless further restricted by the licensing agency. Firearms must be registered in the Applicant’s or the Applicant’s spouse’s name, and the Applicant must qualify with each firearm they intend to list on their CCW license.

What fees are involved in obtaining a CCW license?

Fees vary based on the type of CCW license being requested, but generally include: processing, licensing, fingerprinting, and vendor qualification fees. For a detailed breakdown of fees you can click the Fee Schedule menu on MyDASH.

How do the fees compare with other issuing agencies?

Through MyCCW.us, Applicants apply for expedited processing with their local participating Police Department. This is an alternative option to applying directly with their County Sheriff’s Department. Expedited processing may incur additional fees.

How long is a CCW license valid?

A standard CCW license is valid for a 2-year period from the issue date.

Can I carry concealed outside my city of residence?

A CCW license issued in the State of California is valid throughout the state, as well as 24 other states in the US.

Can I apply for a CCW license if I am not a U.S. citizen, but I have a U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)?

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 licensing authority. No applications qualifying under these circumstances have been rejected.

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Will my CCW license be revoked if I move out of the city where my license was issued?

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:

  1. The licensee has not breached any of the conditions or restrictions set forth in the license.
  2. The licensee has not become prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm.