Sacramento Police Department

Friday, February 27, 2015

Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) FAQ

What are the requirements for a California CCW?

The police department issues permits only to those residents who have satisfied the following established criteria and provide for the yearly renewals of issued permits:

  1. Legal resident
  2. At least 21 years of age
  3. Good cause
  4. Good moral character. Applicant must pass a California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations background check.
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Where do I apply for a CCW license?

If you live within a jurisdiction of a city police department, you may apply to the city police department or county sheriff's office for a CCW license. However, only residents of a city may apply to a city's police department for a CCW license. The agency can answer your questions and provide you with copies of their CCW policy statement and the State's Standardized CCW Application. In the city of Sacramento, you may begin the application process by visiting the public counter at Police Headquarters:

Public Safety Center
5770 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822 (map it)

Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(916) 808-0800

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Does California law recognize CCW licenses issued in other states?

According to Penal Code Section 12050, California law does NOT recognize CCW licenses issued in other states.

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Where can I get more information?

Additional information may be obtained from the California Office of the Attorney General. You may visit the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms Page.

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