Concealed Weapons Permit
Members of the public wishing to obtain a CCW under the standards articulated by the Ninth Circuit should be aware that the decision has not yet become final.
Federal court rules prescribe a period of time which must elapse before the case is remanded to the District Court for further proceedings.
In order to accommodate, and expedite, the large numbers of anticipated applications, the Sheriff’s Department is revising the process for issuing CCW permits. Anyone wanting to apply for a CCW may submit an application either by mail at P.O. Box 939062, San Diego CA 92193-9062, or in person at 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92123.
Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. All applications received that meet the current “good cause” standard will be contacted by a licensing staff member with instructions on how to complete the process.
Applications that seek a CCW permit under the self-defense standard set forth in Peruta v. County of San Diego will be processed in the order they were received should the decision of the Ninth Circuit become final. Once the decision becomes final, applicants will be contacted by the Sheriff’s Licensing Division with instructions on how to complete the process.
Please disregard the “Important Instructions” on page two of the State application and complete all sections of the application. Also, please do not submit fees at this time.
The Sheriff may issue a concealed weapon license to law abiding residents of San Diego County provided that all of the following criteria are met:
- The applicant is of good moral character
- The applicant demonstrates good cause for the issuance of the license
- The applicant presents proof of residency within San Diego County
The concealed weapons license allows the licensee to carry a pistol revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.
Download an application by clicking here. Please review the application carefully. If you choose to submit the application, complete all sections with the exception of the three signature areas. This is a two-part interview process.
Each applicant will be interviewed by License Division Staff to determine initial eligibility. Applications accepted will be individually investigated to determine residency, moral character, and good cause, anyone on any form of probation is automatically disqualified. There are four issuing categories in which the County of San Diego issues concealed weapons. Applicants will be required to submit documentation to support and demonstrate their need for any of the categories. The categories are:
- Protected law enforcement
- Personal protection (w/documented threats)
Applications must be submitted to Sheriff’s License Division in person. Please call Sheriff’s License Division at 858-974-2020 to schedule an appointment for your initial interview. The first part of your interview will determine your need and the required documentation. Appointments may be set between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00, Monday through Friday.
You will need to allow one hour for the interview. You will be given additional information and instructions to bring with you for your second interview.
The Department of Justice and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department are both involved in the processing of this application, each agency requires certain fees. Fees will be collected at the end of your second interview.
INITIAL APPLICATION FEES
Cash or check made payable to San Diego Sheriff’s Department for $12.63 (the remainder $50.51 to be submitted at the time of issuance) plus a money order made payable to the Department of Justice as shown:
- Standard (Two-year) license - $93.00 money order
- Judicial (Three-year) license - $115.00 money order
- Reserve Peace Officer (Four-year) - $137.00 money order
A single payment in the form of cash or check made payable to San Diego Sheriff’s Department shall be submitted for renewal of a CCW permit as shown below:
- Standard (Two-year) license - $73.52
- Judicial (Three-year) license - $95.52
- Reserve Peace Officer (Four-year) - $117.52
Fees are subject to change as allowed by law. They are processing fees and as such are not refundable regardless of the decision made on the application.
All new applicants must demonstrate they are residents of San Diego County, have good cause and good moral character, pursuant to Penal Code §26150. For purposes of this application, applicants must submit proof of residency in the form of two current utility bills that list their name, service address and mailing address (or other similar type proof).
Good cause is an individual issue; however, if applying for business purposes, proof that you are a legitimate and fully credentialed business will be required as well as having to demonstrate that good cause for carrying a firearm exists. The same applies for those wanting to apply strictly for personal protection; the required documentation will be discussed at the time of the initial first interview, additional documentation may be requested. A valid California identification is also required.
Other verifications will be requested on an individual basis. Residence verifications and proof of good cause are required with subsequent (renewal) applications.
If there are other questions, please call Sheriff’s License Division at 858-974-2020.