Copy of your birth certificate and/or naturalization papers.
Copy of military discharge DD214 form, if applicable.
Three letters of character reference for initial applications (originals). Letters must contain the writer's name, address, and phone number where they can be reached during business hours. In the body of the letter the writer should state that he or she is aware the applicant is applying for a CCW license with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Letters from family members or employers are not acceptable.
Copies of two of your most recent utility bills or any other sufficient proof of full-time residency within the county of Riverside.
Two recent passport photos.
Money Order or Cashier’s Check for administrative fees.
If you are applying for a CCW license for self-protection, the protection of others, or for the protection of large sums of money or valuable property, you are required to explain and provide good cause. For example, has your life or property been threatened or jeopardized? Explain incidents and include dates, times, locations, and names of police agencies to which these incidents were reported. You must also bring copies of current police reports and/or other documentation supporting need; such as restraining orders or other verifiable written statements.
If you are successful with your initial interview, you will be instructed to:
Get fingerprinted - you will be given paperwork from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to proceed with fingerprinting.
Qualify with each of the weapon(s) you have listed on your application. Note: License applicants are limited to 6 firearms per CCW license.
If you are applying for a CCW license for business-related use you must provide the following information in addition to the instructions 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.