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Instructions for All Applicants

Failure to comply with these instructions may result in delays in processing your application.

There are three steps to complete this process:

  • Complete and print the Department of Justice application (including section 7)
  • Compile supporting documents (see checklist)
  • Contact the CCW Unit at (714) 834-5502 or 834-5378 to arrange an interview appointment (Walk-ins will not be accepted without an appointment)

All Applicants

The following instructions apply to all applicants. For Business applicants and renewal applicants, see instructions that apply.

Residency

You must be a full-time resident within the county of Orange

Jurisdiction

If you live in a city within the county of Orange where another agency is your police department, we request you first contact that police department about their application process. If they are not issuing licenses, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for an application

Documents

Type or print in black ink only. If the application is not legible, it will be returned.

The following items/documents are required at the time of interview:

  • Standard Department of Justice application
  • Copy of your birth certificate and/or naturalization papers
  • Copy of your valid California Driver's License
  • Copies of two of your most recent utility bills or any other sufficient proof of your full-time residency within the County of Orange as indicated on your application
  • Copy of military discharge DD214 form, if applicable.
  • Two recent passport photos.
  • Good cause statement
  • Documents in support of your request (see checklist)

Interview Appointment:

When the application is complete, call the CCW Unit at (714) 834-5502 or 834-5378 to schedule an appointment for your CCW interview. Applications must be submitted in person. The interview consists of a review of the completed application and supporting documents.

INITIAL APPLICATION FEES
Check or money order payable to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

RENEWAL APPLICATION FEES
Check or money order payable to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Standard 2 year $195.22
($93.00 DOJ fee & $102.22 License fee)

Standard 2 year License $77.56
($52.00 DOJ fee & $25.56 License fee)

Judicial 3 year $217.22
($115.00 DOJ fee & $102.22 License fee)

Judicial 3 year License $99.56
($74.00 DOJ fee & $25.56 License fee)

Reserve 4 year $137.00 Reserve 4 year License $96.00

Business Applicants

 If you are applying for a CCW license for business-related purposes, you must provide the following information in addition to the Instructions for All Applicants listed above.

  • Copies of any licenses required by local, state and/or federal business and professional codes. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have complied with all licensing requirements. Applicants who operate a business from their residence should check with their local jurisdiction regarding business licenses.
  • Partner(s)/corporate offices statement providing authorization. Partner letter should state if partnership dissolves they will notify this office immediately upon separation.
  • Employer authorization (on company letterhead) specifying duties and/or assignments, which establish need. Employer letter must state they will notify this office immediately upon separation or the need no longer exists. Any restrictions the employer may wish to impose on the license must also be stated.
  • Employee’s last two paycheck stubs or other proof of employer-employee relationship.
  • Business owner applicants must provide copies of bank receipts/statements showing CASH deposits within the last two months.

Additional items required if applying strictly for personal protection due to violence or threats of harm.

  • Copies of current police reports and/or other documentation supporting need; such as restraining orders or other verifiable written statements are required.

Renewal Applications

You are responsible for renewing your CCW license BEFORE your current license expires.

PLEASE NOTE!
All renewal applicants are required to attend an interview when renewing your application. All applications must be submitted in person. Please call the CCW Unit at (714) 834-5502 or 834-5378 to schedule an appointment when you have acquired all the proper documentation and your application is complete.

The following items/completed documents are required at the time of your renewal interview:

  • Updated Good Cause justification. The good cause should specify why a CCW license is still needed and should list any new information related to that need. If you have questions concerning good cause please feel free to contact the CCW Unit prior to submitting your application.
  • Standard Department of Justice application, with section 7 completed
  • Copy of your valid California Driver's License.
  • Copies of two of your most recent utility bills or any other sufficient proof of your full-time residency within the County of Orange as indicated on your application.

NOTE: If you have already submitted copies of your birth certificate, military discharge or reference letters in a previous application, and these documents are on file, please disregard. These documents must be on file with all applications and will be asked for only once.

Business Renewal Applicants

 
In addition to the instructions for renewal applications, business renewal applicants must provide updated documents for their file when renewing their licenses.

  • Copies of any licenses required by local, state and/or federal business and professional codes. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have complied with all licensing requirements. Applicants who operate a business from their residence should check with their local jurisdiction regarding business licenses. 
  • Partner(s)/corporate offices statement providing authorization. Partner letter should state if partnership dissolves they will notify this office immediately upon separation.
  • Employer authorization (on company letterhead) specifying duties and/or assignments, which establish need. Employer letter must state they will notify this office immediately upon separation or the need no longer exists. Any restrictions the employer may wish to impose on the license must also be stated.
  • Employee’s last two paycheck stubs or other proof of employer-employee relationship.
  • Business owner applicants must provide copies of bank receipts/statements showing CASH deposits within the last two months.

Additional items required if applying strictly for personal protection due to violence or threats of harm.

  • Copies of current police reports and/or other documentation supporting need; such as restraining orders or other verifiable written statements are required.

CCW License Modification

CCW licensees may request their licenses be amended for the following reasons:

  • Adding or deleting a particular firearm capable of being concealed upon the person
    Licensees are limited to a total of 3 firearms per CCW license
  • Changing an address within Orange County
    The license shall be amended to reflect the new address and a new license shall be issued
    The licensee shall notify the licensing authority in writing within 10 days of any change in the licensee's place of residence.

An amendment to the license does not extend the original expiration date of the license and the license shall be subject to renewal at the same time as if the license had not been amended.

Modification fees are due when the license is amended
You must either bring a money order or cashier's check, payable to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, for each amended license in the amount of $10.22.