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Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW)

California's CCW is a license to carry a concealed firearm on your person in public subject to restrictions placed upon it by statute and the issuing department.

What are the requirements for a California CCW?

The Sacramento Police Department will consider the below criteria prior to issuance of a CCW permit as well as conditions set forth under state law. The Chief of Police will make the final determination for issuance of a CCW permit.

  1. Current resident of Sacramento
  2. Work or business within the city limits
  3. At least 21 years of age
  4. Good cause; personal protection in and of itself does not establish “good cause”
  5. No prohibitive criminal history
  6. Good moral character. Applicant must pass a California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations background check.

Where do I apply for a CCW license?

If you live within a jurisdiction of a city police department, you may apply to that 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, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95822 (map it)

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(916) 808-0800

Does California law recognize CCW licenses issued in other states?

According to Penal Code Section 26510, California law does NOT recognize CCW licenses issued in other states.

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.