Carry a Concealed Weapon Licensing - CCW

The issuance of licenses enabling a private citizen to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) is of great concern to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with California Penal Code 26150 et. Seq., and subject to Department policy and procedures, any Los Angeles County resident may be issued a CCW from the Sheriff, if qualified.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the recent June 23, 2022, U.S. Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen, regarding the issuance of Carry Concealed Weapon permits.

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department evaluates the Court’s decision and anticipated amendments to California’s CCW statutes, any revisions to the Department’s policies and procedures will be updated on our website.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not approve or endorse any private companies that offer “Streamlining Services” to assist CCW applicants with the application process.

View Terms and Conditions

Effective August 1, 2022

The LASD will only accept first-time CCW applications from those who reside within our contract cities or unincorporated communities and encourage applicants residing in a municipality other than those served by the LASD to contact their local police chief and apply for a CCW license.

All first-time CCW applications submitted, received, or postmarked before the indicated date; the LASD will accept and continue to process.

The applicant will thoroughly Complete Sections 1-8,INCLUDING SECTION 7 and Sign Pages 3, 8, and 11, of the Department of Justice Standard Application. The completed application can be submitted to your local Sheriff Station or mailed to:

Hall of Justice
ATTN: CCW Coordinator
211 West Temple Street 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

NOTE: The DOJ Application instructs the applicant to only complete Section 7, when directed to do so.
The CCW Unit requires Section 7 to be complete in order to contact you.
The Witness Signature, Badge Number and Date will not be signed until your interview with the CCW Investigator.

A $30 non-refundable cashier’s check or money order made payable to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) should be included with the application. We will not contact you when the application is received. When your application has been assigned to an Investigator, you will be contacted by telephone to be scheduled for an in-person interview.

Each applicant must:

  • Be of good moral character.
  • Be a minimum of 21 years old.
  • Own a registered firearm in California.
  • Reside in Los Angeles County

Live Scan

As part of your background check, you will need to complete a live scan. This step is not required prior to submitting your application. You will receive instructions on how to complete a live scan at the time of your interview. To find your nearest live scan location refer to the Department of Justice website.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the live scan operator inputs all information correctly. Failure to verify the following information will result in having to complete a secondary live scan and delays the application process.

  • Applicant title: Concealed Weapon License
  • Application type: Standard CCW
  • Applicant Information

The following documents are required and will be submitted at the time of your interview. Any required document not provided, will result in a cancelled interview and will need to be re-scheduled.

  • Valid California Driver’s License, or California Identification Card
  • Original Birth Certificate, or Naturalization Certificate, or Valid US Passport
  • Utility Bill – must be in the applicant’s name, have the current residence address, and cannot be past due. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • DD-214 (if applicable)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not approve or endorse any private companies that offer “Streamlining Services” to assist CCW applicants with the application process.

Applicants must successfully complete a firearms training course, per Penal Code 26165. After a thorough background investigation, the applicant will be contacted by the CCW Coordinator to proceed with firearms training from a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department approved Training Provider.

  • New Applicants must complete a training course lasting at least 8 hours but not exceeding16 hours.
  • Renewal applicants must complete a training course lasting at least 4 hours.
  • The course shall include instruction on firearm safety, firearm handling, shooting technique, and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm.
  • All firearms shall be inspected by the training provider to ensure that it is safe, operable, and in compliance with CA state and federal regulations.
  • Applicants must complete and pass a live fire course with each firearm to be listed on the license. When the applicant has completed their firearm training course, send a copy of the completed and signed Shooting Proficiency form to CCW_Unit@lasd.org .

Handgun Requirements

Any handgun that the applicant intends to carry and have listed on their CCW license shall meet the bellow criteria prior to being used during their required firearms training. Failure to follow the criteria or failure to adhere to CA state and federal regulations will result in the immediate suspension and/or revocation of the license.

  • The handgun must be registered/DROS to the applicant.
  • The handgun must be concealable upon the person or reasonably sized bag or purse.
  • The handgun, magazines, and ammunition must be in compliance with applicable CA state and federal laws.
  • “AR Pistols” and similar handguns are not permitted.

Firearm Training Providers

Shooting Proficiency Standards Form – PDF

Want to become an LASD approved Training Provider?
Becoming a Training Provider

The CCW Coordinator will contact the applicant by phone to schedule a pick-up date for their license to carry a concealed weapon.

On the day of pickup:

  • The applicant is required to bring a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $120 made payable to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).
  • Please respond to 4700 Ramona Boulevard, Monterey Park 91754
  • Walk directly into the lobby and advise security you are there to pick up your CCW license.
  • DO NOT BRING YOUR FIREARMS.

View Terms and Conditions.

The License Holder agrees to follow all Terms of Use and maintain good moral character at all times. They must not engage in criminal activities, or conduct themselves in any way other than as responsible and law abiding citizens. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has the right to suspend or revoke a license if it is notified by the DOJ that the licensee is prohibited by state or federal law from owning or purchasing a firearm,  or if the license holder engages in any criminal conduct or otherwise violates the Terms of Use.

Fees are subject to change

Application Fee: $30 (Initial and Renewal)

Live Scan (DOJ) *Live Scan Fee varies per vendor (Two-Year)
Initial License: $120 Standard (Two-Year)
DOJ Renewal Fee: $52 Standard (Two-Year)
License Renewal: $29 Standard (Two-Year)

  • Submit the Renewal Application 90 days prior to expiration.
  • Send the application and $30 non-refundable fee (cashier’s check or money order ONLY) to:

211 W. Temple St. 8th Flr.

Attn: CCW Unit – RENEWAL

Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Include copy of your most recent utility bill (cannot be past due and must be in your name)

You will be contacted by an Investigator for further. See non-refundable fees.

Note: If you mail your renewal application without indicating RENEWAL, your application will not be separated and will cause a delay in the issuance of your renewal license.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.  You need to have a handgun registered to you in the state of California at the time of application.  If you do not, you do not qualify to obtain a CCW.

Yes, you may apply for your renewal CCW license with the LASD. Follow all steps of the renewal process to avoid delay.

The firearm you list on your CCW application must be a handgun that is registered to you in the state of California.  “AR Pistol” platforms and similar handgun styles are prohibited.  The handgun must also be capable of being concealed upon a person or within a reasonably sized bag/purse.  Customization to firearms are permitted as long as it does not violate any State or Federal regulation.  There are no caliber restrictions.  The ammunition must comply with State and Federal regulations.  Magazine capacity is not restricted.  However, the use of any magazine with a capacity above 10 rounds is only permitted if the applicant is in legal possession of such magazine.

You may submit your application to any Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station. Have all sections completed and sign pages 3, 8, and 11.

If a Name or Residence Address Change is required, complete the Amendment form.

If you require an amendment, print the amendment form and SIGN ONLY. Scan and email the amendment form to CCW_Unit@lasd.org. Your email should explain the changes you are requesting to your license.

If you require an address change, send your updated address with a utility bill in your name (UTIITY BILL, cannot be past due, NO EXCEPTIONS).

If you require a name change, send your updated name with the official name change court document.

If you require a firearm change, send the Make, Model, and serial number of the firearm you are adding or removing.

We are aware of the Supreme Court decision regarding 2nd Amendment. Due to this fact, we are receiving an influx of emails. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

If you would like to email the CCW unit please use the contact form button below.

If you have questions about the CCW process please call:  (213) 229-3110