General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the firearm is to be used.

In California, the Sheriffs and their staff are required to follow strict state and local guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for issuing Carry Concealed Weapon licenses. Due to the detailed nature involved with conducting these background checks, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks. During the application process, the applicant will be asked to schedule an interview appointment for a new Carry Concealed Weapon license.

If the applicant is RENEWING a Carry Concealed Weapon license in Orange County, they may not apply until 90 days before the expiration date listed on their current Carry Concealed Weapon license.



Type of Permit Standard 2 Year Judicial 3 Year
New Fee Breakdown  $114.00  $114.00
Renewal Fee $80.00 $102.00
Duplicate/Amendment Fee $11.00 $11.00



  • If you choose the option to pay by check or money order, you will need to bring a check/money order in person to the Sheriff's Department when prompted to do so by the system. Please note: Credit/Debit cards are not available in person. You can only use Credit/Debit cards online.
  • Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Carry Concealed Weapon license.


Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.


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CCW Information

Carry Concealed Weapon License Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Completing the Application

Answering all the questions on this standard application does not guarantee the issuance of a Carry Concealed Weapon license. The determination whether to issue the license is at the discretion of the licensing authority. Pursuant to California Penal Code section 26160, each licensing authority will have a written policy summarizing their requirements for issuance of a Carry Concealed Weapon license. In addition, prior to issuing a Carry Concealed Weapon license, the state statutes require proof that:

  • The applicant is of good moral character;
  • Good cause exists to issue the Carry Concealed Weapon license;
  • The applicant meets residence requirements; and
  • The course of training prescribed by the licensing authority has been completed.

The following pages include standardized questions to determine whether a Carry Concealed Weapon license shall be issued.

The applicant will certify under penalty of perjury that all answers provided in the application are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. The applicant will also acknowledge that information disclosed on this application may be subject to public disclosure.

Training Required

If applying for a NEW Carry Concealed Weapon license, a 16-hour firearms training course must be completed prior to issuance.

If applying for a RENEWAL Carry Concealed Weapon license completion of a 4-hour firearms training course is required prior to issuance.

If applying for a firearms AMENDMENT a scanned copy of the qualification certificate is required.


California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a Sheriff of a county or the Chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city, or city and county, may issue a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person (Carry Concealed Weapon license).

Who May be Issued a License

The licensing authority specified in Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 (a Sheriff or the Chief or other head of a municipal police department) may issue a license to persons who are of good moral character, who have completed a course of training, and have good cause for issuance of a Carry Concealed Weapon license. All applicants for a Carry Concealed Weapon license will be Live Scanned and state and federal records will be checked to determine if they are eligible to possess firearms. 

Prior to Filling Out This Application

  • Be prepared to scan a copy of your valid California driver’s license, or state issued ID, which has your current address in Orange County.  Your state issued ID must have your current residential or mailing address.
  • Be prepared to scan copies of two (2) of the following “proof of residency” documents showing your current address in Orange County (i.e. Utility bill, Lease/Rental Agreement, Telephone Bill, or Tax Bill).
  • Be sure that each firearm you are listing on your Carry Concealed Weapon license is registered to you. The firearm cannot be registered to any other family member.
  • Supporting documentation for your Good Cause statement.



For More Information, Contact:

Orange County Sheriff's Department

Telephone: Phone: (714) 834-7229
Fax: (714) 834-5605



For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Phone: (855) 642-2453