CCW FAQS



What is the CA 9th Circuit Court Ruling?

According to a ruling made in California by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “Because the Second Amendment does not protect in any degree the right to carry concealed firearms in public, any prohibition or restriction a state may choose to impose on concealed carry — including the requirement of ‘good cause,’ however defined — is necessary allowed by the Amendment.” Read more...

How do I know if my address is eligible?

Currently, the MyCCW.us program assists 5 Departments with processing CCW license requests, including: Banning Police Department, Beaumont Police Department, Hemet Police Department, Menifee Police Department, and Murrieta Police Department.

Not all addresses within these select cities are qualified. Additional jurisdictional restrictions may apply to unincorporated areas that fall within the County Sheriff's jurisdiction. Refer to the specific Department's page for additional information and use the address verification tool. Note, the address verification tool does not guarantee eligibility.

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 their spouse’s name, and the Applicant must qualify with each firearm they intend to list on their CCW license.

What are the range qualifications?

In accordance with CA Penal Code Sections 26150 & 26165 and Assembly Bill No. 2103, a qualifying initial CCW license safety course shall be a minimum of 8 hours (no less than 4 hours for renewals), but not exceeding 16 hours of instruction. The training course shall cover firearms safety and handling, shooting technique, and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm. Further, the course shall include live-fire on an approved range where safe handling of, and shooting proficiency with, each firearm requested to carry concealed is demonstrated. The following live-fire standards apply to the range qualification:

  • Firearms will be inspected to ensure compliance with CA State and Department Standards.

  • Holsters will be inspected to ensure compliance with department guidelines, including the use of an acceptable retention method (i.e. snap, button, lever, hood).

  • When instructed, a full magazine or cylinder will be emptied at a designated target, while standing at the 15-yard, 10-yard, and 7-yard lines.

  • A passing score is considered hitting the designated target area with at least 70% of the shots that were fired (i.e. 21 of 30, 11 of 15).

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 refer to the department-specific fee schedule.

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 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.

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. While Department-specific restrictions may be imposed, a license to carry a concealed handgun may not be revoked solely because the licensee’s place of residence has changed to another county if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

  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.

*Notwithstanding subdivision (c), if a licensee’s place of residence was the basis for issuance of a license, any license issued pursuant to Section 26150 or 26155 shall expire 90 days after the licensee moves from the county of issuance.

How do I change my address?

Addresses can be updated online with the California Department of Motor Vehicles using the Online Change of Address System. Current CCW permit holders must file an CCW Amendment Request following the address change.

What's the status of my Request for Live Scan Service (BCIA 8016)?

Live Scan service request (fingerprint) status can be checked online through the California Department of Justice Applicant Background Check Status. You will need to enter the ATI Number (located at the bottom of your completed request form) as well as your date of birth. Please keep in mind, completed requests still need to be transmitted to the Department before they can be reviewed and processed.

Which firearms can be listed on my CCW license?

A list of approved CCW firearms is currently maintained by the CA DOJ under Handguns Certified for Sale. This list contains approximately 800 firearms and is subject to regular updated. A list of recently added and recently removed firearms is also available.

Is a psychological assessment required to obtain a CCW license?

Per Penal Code 26190(f) a psychological assessment will be conducted on all initial applicants and will only be conducted on renewal applicants if there is compelling evidence to warrant the assessment. Applicants that do not want to undergo a psychological assessment may apply for a CCW with the County Sheriff’s Department. More information regarding the psychological assessment has been conveniently detailed by the Murrieta Police Department.

What Penal Codes apply to Concealed Carry Licenses?

APPLICATION

QUALIFICATIONS

Psychological

STATEMENTS

PROHIBITING

AMENDMENTS