Concealed Weapons Permit     Current CCW Permits Issued: 3720

The California Penal Code provides that the Sheriff may issue a license for a person to carry a firearm concealed upon the person "upon proof of all of the following:"

  1. The applicant is of good moral character.
  2. Good cause exists for issuance of the license.
  3. The applicant is a resident of the county or a city within the county, or the applicant’s principal place of employment or business is in the county or a city within the county and the applicant spends a substantial period of time in that place of employment or business.
  4. The applicant has completed a course of training as described in Section 26165.

Good cause is determined on an individual basis. Applicants for a CCW should be able to set forth a set of circumstances that distinguishes the applicant from other members of the general public and causes him or her to be placed in harm’s way. Simply writing "self defense" or "personal protection" on an application does not provide the requisite proof of good cause. However, the following criteria, upon proof, may establish good cause:

  • Evidence that there has been or is likely to be an attempt on the part of a second party to do great bodily harm to the applicant.
  • The nature of the business or occupation of the applicant is such that it is subject to personal risk and / or criminal attack, greater than the general population.
  • A task of the business or occupation of the applicant requires transportation of large sums of money or other valuables and alternative protective measures or security cannot be employed.
  • When a business or occupation is of a high-risk nature and requires the applicant's presence in a dangerous environment.
  • The occupation or business of the applicant is such that no means of protection, security or risk avoidance can mitigate the risk other than the carrying of a concealed firearm.
  • Personal protection is warranted to mitigate a threat to the applicant that the applicant is able to substantiate.
  • Good cause could include, but is not limited to, verifiable documented instances of threats to the personal safety of the applicant, his or her family, or employees. Threats to personal safety may be verbal or demonstrated through actual harm committed in the place of work, neighborhood or regular routes of travel for business. The applicant should articulate the threat as it applies personally to the applicant, his or her family, or employees. Non-specific, general concerns about personal safety are insufficient.

It is the goal of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department that those persons who present proof of good cause, and meet all other qualifications, be issued a CCW if they so request. The Sheriff's Department recognizes that individuals may also face threats to their safety by virtue of their profession, business or status and by virtue of their ability to readily access materials that if forcibly taken would be a danger to society. These threats should be articulated by the applicant and clearly identify his I her unique circumstances.

Note: The above examples are not intended to be all-inclusive they are provided merely for your reference. Also, state and local laws do not prohibit an adult from having a concealed firearm in their home or place of business.

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Verification of good cause will be requested on an individual basis. Residence verifications and proof of good cause are required with subsequent (renewal) applications.

Applications must be submitted to Sheriffs License Division in person. The first part of your interview will determine your need and the required documentation. Initial Interviews are conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You must make an appointment, please call 858-974-2020. You will need to allow an 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.

The current fee schedule is as follows:

Initial Application Fees

Cash or check made payable to San Diego Sheriff’s Department for $12.63 plus the applicable fee below. The remainder $50.51 to be submitted at the time of issuance.

  • Standard (Two-year) license - $93.00
  • Judicial (Three-year) license - $115.00
  • Reserve Peace Officer (Four-year) - $137.00

Renewal Fees

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. Please Note- CCW Firearm Instructors will conduct the inspection, qualifying and approving of all firearms on your CCW.

If there are other questions, please call Sheriff’s License Division at 858-974-2020.

AB 2103 Course of Training and Live Firearm Qualification Notice

Assembly Bill No. 2103

Assembly Bill No. 2103 On September 26, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill No. 2103 that goes into effect on January 1, 2019. This bill requires CCW courses of training be at least eight hours, but shall not be required to exceed 16 hours. Assembly bill 2103 also requires the CCW course of training to include instruction on firearm handling, shooting technique, and to include a demonstration by the applicant, of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm the applicant will be licensed to carry. The training will include live-fire exercises conducted on a firing range.


The California Penal Code §26165. (b), requires the licensing authority to establish and make available to the public, the standards it uses when issuing licenses with regards to the live fire shooting exercises it requires.

For any new license applicant the course of training for issuance of a license is eight hours of instruction on firearm safety, firearm handling, shooting technique and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm.

For license renewal applicant the course of training for issuance of a license is four hours of instruction on firearm safety, firearm handling, shooting technique and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm.

Practical Qualifications:

100 rounds will be required for the eight (8) hour course however out of the 100 rounds, the qualification rounds and practice rounds are included. (70 rounds class practice, 15 rounds practice qualification, 15 rounds qualification=100 rounds)

50 rounds for the four (4) hour class, 20 rounds class practice, 15 rounds practice qualification and 15 rounds qualification =50 rounds)

Each additional firearm would require a minimum of 30 rounds, 15 rounds practice qualification and 15 rounds qualification.

Both the new applicant and the renewal applicant course of training shall include live-fire shooting exercises on a firing range and shall include a demonstration by the applicant of safe handling of, and shooting proficiency with, each firearm that the applicant is applying to be licensed to carry. The course of fire qualification requirements are as follows:

From the     7 yard line    5 Rounds    Two-hand grip

5 yard line 5 Rounds Two-hand grip

3 Yard line 3 Rounds One-hand (Strong ONLY)

3 Yard line 2 Rounds One-hand (Weak ONLY)

In order to pass the qualification course of fire, applicants must have 11 of the 15 Rounds fired either hit on the line of or inside of the target. If applicant cannot demonstrate proficiency, then the license cannot be granted.


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Must you be a resident of San Diego County to apply for a CCW through the San Diego County Sheriff's Department?
What are the acceptable forms to prove residency?
You will need two current proofs of residency. Documents must have the applicant's name and home address, such as monthly utility bills, cell phone bills, bank statements, etc. P.O. Box numbers are not accepted as a permanent residence address.
What is the minimum age to apply for a concealed weapon permit?
The minimum age is 21.
Are San Diego permits limited to 3 firearms?
Do the firearms listed on my CCW have to be registered to me?
Yes, all firearms listed on your CCW must be registered in your name.
Can non-citizens, if they are legal residents, qualify for a CCW?
Non-U.S. citizens that are in the country legally and meet the requirements for California firearm purchase and ownership are eligible for a CCW if all other requirements are met.
Can a CCW licensee carry an approved firearm with more than ten rounds in the magazine if that high capacity magazine is legal?
The CCW license does not define magazine capacity, just the firearm. If the magazine and firearm are legal to possess in the state of California, and the firearm is listed on the license, a CCW permit holder may carry. (Note: California firearms laws are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the CCW permit holder to ensure the firearm & magazine are in compliance with California law at the time of carry.)
Can I have a laser on my handgun?
Yes, but applicants have to complete the required qualification without using the laser.
What is the process and fee for changing a firearm on a permit? Is requalification required?
In order to change a firearm on a permit, you would need to go to one of the approved safety instructor's on the current list and qualify with the weapon. You would then make an appointment to come in to Licensing and amend your license. There is a $10 fee for this service.
When and where should I qualify with my firearm?
CCW qualifications will now be conducted by the Instructor you have selected from the Approved List of Safety Instructors as part of your required safety training.
When can I take my firearms course?
The Sheriff's Department cannot require you to take your safety course prior to your application being approved. You may contact one of the approved instructors once your initial fee & fingerprints have been submitted; however the final weapons qualification and your certificate must be within 30 days of your written approval date.
Who are the currently approved instructors for CCW firearms training?
The current list of approved trainers can be downloaded here.
How can I become a CCW Firearms Instructor?
The Licensing Division periodically opens recruitments for CCW instructors. The next recruitment is expected early in the summer of 2020. When open, information will appear at the top of this page concerning the application process and requirements.
Are permit holders required to immediately notify a peace officer upon contact?
Not at this time, however it is highly recommended that you do so for the safety of all parties.