The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will accept CCW applications which include, in the “Details of Reason for Applicant Desiring a CCW License” (on page 10 of 13 of the California Department of Justice Standard Initial and Renewal Application for License to Carry a Concealed Weapon), that the CCW license is needed for self-defense or personal safety. Applications which include other reasons showing “good cause” for the CCW License as set forth in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Policy 218, License to Carry a Concealed Firearm, will also be accepted.
If the Peruta v. County of San Diego panel decision is withdrawn by a decision to rehear the case en banc in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, or a stay is issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court, we may require applicants to supplement the “good cause” statement for the CCW License in accord with Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Policy 218.
Please be aware the application process includes an interview, payment of fees, as well as state and local background checks. Successful completion of a firearms course of training is also required.
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is dedicated to providing the residents of Orange County with relevant and timely information regarding the services the department offers. This site is designed to give general information as well as specific requirements regarding applying for a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license from the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
Orange County Sheriff's Department
CCW Licensing Unit
320 N. Flower Street 4th Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with the exception of County holidays)
CCW License Unit:
714-834-5502 or 714-834-5378
Sheriff’s General line:
DOWNLOAD the California Department of Justice CCW application form DOWNLOAD the Supporting Document checklist form
CCW Appointment Request or Questions
Hall of Administration 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92701 855.886.5400
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