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 you are RENEWING a Carry Concealed Weapon license in Orange County, it is recommended you apply 90-120 days before the expiration date listed on your current Carry Concealed Weapon license.

**DO NOT PAY USING THIS APPLICATION.  ALL FEES WILL BE PAID AT TIME OF PICK-UP**

Pricing:

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

**DO NOT PAY USING THIS APPLICATION.  ALL FEES WILL BE PAID AT TIME OF PICK-UP**

PLEASE SELECT PAY AT COUNTER WHEN PROMPTED TO PROCEED TO CHECKOUT. THE PAY AT COUNTER BUTTON IS LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER OF THAT SCREEN.

THE APPLICATION SITE IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS, IF A CREDIT CARD IS ENTERED, FEES WILL BE REFUNDED TO YOU AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PAY IN PERSON ONCE A DECISION IS MADE ON YOUR APPLICATION.

  • When selecting the PAY AT COUNTER option,  you will be asked to bring the appropriate fee in person to the Sheriff's Department once a decision is made on your application. We are now accepting credit/debit cards along with personal or business checks, money orders and cashiers checks (American Express, Corporate Cards and cash are not accepted).
  • 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 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.

 

Required Training

If applying for a NEW Carry Concealed Weapon license, an 8 to 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.

Authority

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. 

 

Required Documents:

  • Valid California Driver’s License or ID Card - Must have your current address in Orange County.
  • Proof of OC Residency – At least two (2) of the following documents showing your current address in Orange County (Utility bill, Lease/Rental Agreement, Telephone Bill, Tax Bill, etc.) Additional documents may be requested at the discretion of the application processor.
  • Detailed Good Cause statement and supporting documentation.
  • DD-214/Orders(Military only)
  • Certificate of Naturalization, Green Card and/or Passport (If you were born outside the United States)
  • CCW Permit (Renewals only)

 

Prior to Filling Out This Application

  • 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 person or family member. 

For More Information, Contact:

Orange County Sheriff's Department
320 N. Flower Street 4th Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Phone: (714) 834-7229
Email: ccwpermits@ocsd.org


Website: http://www.ocsd.org/ccw

 

For Technical Support, Contact:

Permitium Software
Email: help@permitium.com
Phone: (855) 642-2453