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CCW FAQ

  • I am interested in qualifying for a CCW license:

What are the regulations pertain to the weaponslicensetted for Placer County CCW license holders?

See our Weapons Web Page for details

What are the criteria for consideration of issuance?

Pursuant to California Penal Code § 26150, the criteria are as follows:

  1. Proof that the person applying is of good moral character
  2. Proof that good cause exists for the issuance
  3. Proof that the person applying is a resident of the county or a city within the county.
  4. Proof that the person applying has completed, at least, an 8-hour course of training including instruction on firearm safety, the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm and qualification of weapon(s)/type(s) to be listed on license.
  5. Proof of no statutory prohibitions.

How old do I have to be before I can apply for a CCW license?

An applicant must be at least 21 years old before applying for a CCW license.

What restrictions are placed on all Placer County Sheriff's Office license holders?

Failure of the license holder to adhere to any of the following restrictions will result in the revocation of the concealed weapon(s) license:

License holders must adhere to the restrictions set forth by the issuing agency. Failure to adhere to these restrictions will result in the revocation of the CCWlicenset.

The Licensee shall not, when carrying a weapon,

  1. Consume any alcoholic beverage.
  2. Commit any criminal act. You must report any arrest to the Sheriff’s Office CCW Coordinator within 10 days.
  3. Be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption .
  4. Be under the influence of any drug, or alcohol.
  5. Use any illegal drug.
  6. Refuse to show license or surrender weapon to law enforcement upon request.
  7. Impede any peace officer.
  8. Represent self as a peace officer to any person, if not so employed.
  9. Possess weapon any place where prohibited by law or sign.
  10. Unjustifiably display weapon.
  11. Carry a concealed weapon not listed on the license.
  12. Fail to disclose, when stopped or detained by law enforcement, your status as a CCW license holder when you are carrying a weapon on your person or in your vehicle. 

Is there a specific type of weapon I must use?

The weapon shall be the product of a recognized manufacturer free from mechanical and other flaws, within tolerances determined by manufacturer’s specifications, and in good working order. Weapons approved shall be either revolver or semi-automatic with an ammunition capacity of no less than five rounds.

Licenses will not be issued for weapons having a bullet with a specification of less than .25 calibers, nor greater than .45 calibers. Licenses will not be issued for derringer or other “hide-away” type weapons.

How many weapons may I carry?

There is a maximum of three (3) weapons allowed on a CCW license. No exceptions.

Does my weapon need to be registered to me?

Yes, any weapon listed on a CCW license must be registered with California Department of Justice, Firearms Bureau to the holder of the license.[oag.ca.gov/firearms]

How do I register my weapon with California DOJ?

Any local firearms dealer or the California Department of Justice, Firearms Bureau website can assist you with registering a currently owned weapon. [oag.ca.gov/firearms]

Can I have my spouse’s weapon on my license?

Yes. Spouses may list each-other’s properly registered weapons on their license. 

I just moved into Placer County and have a valid CCW license from another Ca. county. What must I do?

You are required to notify the issuing county that you have moved and provide them with your new address. If they allow you to retain your license, it will be valid until the printed expiration date. Once your license has expired, you must now apply for a “New CCW License” with Placer County.

What do I need to do if I move from California?

You must surrender your CCW license to PCSO within 10 days of moving.

What do I need to do if I have changed my address and still live in Placer County?

You must report any change of residence to PCSO in writing within 10 days. In addition you must complete the CCW Modification form and come into the office to have your license updated.

What do I need to do if I have moved out of Placer County, but remain in CA?

You must report any change of residence to PCSO in writing within 10 days. If your license is in good standing, your license will remain valid for the remainder of its term. After your current license expires you must reapply with the new county of residence. The only exception would be if your PCSO license was based solely on your place of residence. In that case your license would expire 90 days after you moved.

What is the fee schedule for a carry concealed weapons license?

New Application Fees:

A non-refundable $20.00 filing fee is assessed at the time of application. All major credit cards are accepted through our online application system. Cash, check or money order can be accepted at the Sheriff’s Office but choosing this option will delay processing of your application. Make checks and money orders payable to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Fees-After Submission of New Application:

  • Livescan: $93 will be collected by your Livescan provider for DOJ/FBI record check fees (required by the State of California for fingerprinting, criminal history clearance, and firearms eligibility). An additional Livescan “Roll fee” is set by the provider.
  • An $80 administrative fee will be assessed upon approval of a new CCW license.

 These fees are subject to change.

Fees for Renewals of Existing Licenses:

$77.00 renewal fee at the time of application for renewal. Renewal fee covers DOJ assessments and our processing fees. All major credit cards are accepted through our online application system. Cash, check or money order can be accepted at the Sheriff’s Office but choosing this option will delay processing of your application. Make checks and money orders payable to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.$77.00 renewal (cash, check or money order) made payable to Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Renewal fee covers the DOJ costs and our processing fees.

Fees for Modification of Existing Licenses:

$10.00 fee per modification application. Fee covers our processing costs. All major credit cards are accepted through our online application system. Cash, check or money order can be accepted at the Sheriff’s Office but choosing this option will delay processing of your application. Make checks and money orders payable to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

I live in Placer County's Tahoe Basin area. Do I have to travel to the Sheriff's main office in Auburn?

No. The Sheriff’s Office Tahoe Station is equipped to process your CCW requests. The Records Unit in our Tahoe Station can be contacted at (530) 581-6300, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.

 

New CCW Licenses Process

How do I schedule an appointment for a new carry concealed weapon license with Placer County?

You must apply for a new CCW license at our CCW Start Page  

Is there any way of getting a sooner appointment or being placed on a waiting list?

Due to the volume for requests for new licenses we are unable to maintain a waiting/cancellation list. Applicants have the option of checking our appointment scheduling site for new openings and cancellations as they become available.

If you have been the victim of a violent crime or have a domestic violence-related restraining order, you may visit our office at 2929 Richardson Drive, Auburn, CA or call (530) 889-6929 and provide documentation of your claim. Your submission will be reviewed by our staff for emergency processing.

May I come to the Sheriff’s Office and wait for no shows or cancellations of appointments?

No. At this time, our office is unable to accommodate walk-ins due to the file preparation needed to facilitate a sufficient interview.

I have filed a restraining order and need a CCW license now. How do I get an appointment?

If you need to request a license to carry a concealed weapon due to a restraining order, please call our New CCW License Telephone line at (530) 889-6929. You will be required to present a copy of the restraining order, the accompanying police report, and any other documents pertaining to the court order.

If you feel that your circumstances require an immediate appointment for a new license to carry a concealed weapon, you may contact our New CCW License telephone line at (530) 889-6929. However, you will be required to produce documentation as to the circumstances of the immediacy.

How will I know if my particular circumstance will allow me to obtain a CCW License?

Each CCW application is unique and is evaluated on its own merits. Individual circumstances play a large role in determining the necessity of issuing a CCW license. This decision is ultimately made by the Sheriff.

Do I need to bring my weapon to my appointment?

No. Please do not bring ANY weapon into the Sheriff’s Office for any reason.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

You will be required to bring various items with you at the time of your appointment. Please refer to the “New CCW License Appointment Checklist” for each item required. Our agency reserves the right to reschedule your appointment for a New CCW License if you do not have all of the items listed on the checklist with you at the time of your appointment.You will be required to bring various items with you at the time of your appointment. Please refer to the “New CCW License Appointment Checklist” for each item required. Our agency reserves the right to reschedule your appointment for a New CCW License if you do not have all of the items listed on the checklist with you at the time of your appointment.

Where do I go to complete the CCW license process?

Processing and Appointment Location:

Placer County Sheriff’s Office

2929 Richardson Drive

Auburn, CA 95604

What do I do if I am denied?

All applicants will receive notice in writing regarding the denial of their application. Applicants who are denied a concealed weapons license will be advised of the reason for the denial.

Applicants may appeal if their application for a license is denied. All appeals must be submitted in writing to:

Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Attention: CCW Licenses

2929 Richardson Drive

Auburn, CA 95604

Written appeals should be specific, clearly outlining the applicant’s rebuttal to the reason stated for denial. Additional information, which may be pertinent to the applicants request for a license should also be included. Note: Appeals must be received by the Sheriff’s Office no later than (30) thirty days from the date of the notification letter.

How long is a CCW license good for?

A license is in effect for a period of two, three or four years before it is either void or renewed. Most applicants qualify for the standard two-year license.

What Restrictions are placed on all Placer County Sheriff’s Office license holders?

Failure of the license holder to adhere to any of the following restrictions will result in the revocation of the concealed weapon(s) license:

Placer County CCW License holders shall not, when carrying a weapon

  1. Consume any alcoholic beverage.
  2. Commit any criminal act. You must report any arrest to the Sheriff’s Office CCW Coordinator within 10 days.
  3. Be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption .
  4. Be under the influence of any drug, or alcohol.
  5. Use any illegal drug.
  6. Refuse to show license or surrender weapon to law enforcement upon request.
  7. Impede any peace officer.
  8. Represent self as a peace officer to any person, if not so employed.
  9. Possess weapon any place where prohibited by law or sign.
  10. Unjustifiably display weapon.
  11. Carry a concealed weapon not listed on the license.
  12. Fail to disclose, when stopped or detained by law enforcement, your status as a CCW license holder when you are carrying a weapon on your person or in your vehicle. 

What should I do if I am pulled over or contacted by a law enforcement officer?

During any law enforcement contact, you are required to disclose your status as a CCW license holder and you must disclose whether or not you are carrying a weapon on your person or in your vehicle.

 

Renewing or Modifying a License:

Is renewing a CCW license automatically done?

No, CCW license holders are responsible for ensuring the proper training has been received.

My current CCW license expires prior to my availability to come in and renew. May I continue to carry my weapon(s)?

No. Any expired CCW license is invalid and it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in the state of California if you do not have a valid CCW license granted by a county within the state.

Can I modify or alter my weapon?

Yes, we allow modification to enhance the sighting and grips. We do not allow modifications to the weapons that would alter it from the manufacturer’s original specification.

What do I need to do if I have changed my address and still live in Placer County?

You must report any change of residence to PCSO in writing within 10 days. In addition you must complete the CCW Modification form and come into the office to have your license updated.

What do I need to do if I have moved out of Placer County, but remain in CA?

You must report any change of residence to PCSO in writing within 10 days. If your license is in good standing, your license will remain valid for the remainder of its term. After your current license expires you must reapply with the new county of residence. The only exception would be if your PCSO license was based solely on your place of residence. In that case your license would expire 90 days after you moved.

How can I Contact the CCW Coordinator?

CCW Coordinator Contact Information:

via email: CCW@placer.ca.gov or (530) 889-6929

 


 

***DISCLAIMER ***

No resident has the right to a license, nor is the Sheriff required to issue a license. By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW license applications as well as revoke licenses that have already been issued.

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