Concealed Weapons Permit
Effective immediately all initial CCW applications will now be processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. All CCW initial interviews will be done on a walk in basis on Tuesdays between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm. Those wishing to place an application in abeyance pending the outcome of the Ninth Circuit Court decision may still continue to drop them off in person at the License Division any time during business hours.
There has been a delay in certifying the new Instructor’s list. The old list will remain in effect until the new list can be certified.
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. All CCW initial interviews will be done on a walk in basis on the following days only; Tuesdays between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm. The first part of your interview will determine your need and the required documentation.
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.