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New Applications for CCW Licenses

CCWIf you live in a city within the county of Riverside where another agency is your police department, you may apply directly with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for an application.

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Complete the Sheriff's CCW Instructions PDF. Type or print in black ink only. If the application is not legible, it will be returned.
  2. Complete the California DOJ Application
    • You are encouraged to complete Section 11 – Investigator’s Interview Questions before you arrive for your interview. This is where you will state your good cause for obtaining the license.
    • Sign all areas marked "applicant".
    • Do not sign areas marked "witness".
  3. Contact the Sheriff's CCW Unit at (951) 486-2816 to schedule an appointment for an in-person interview. The interview will determine your need and good cause for the CCW license.
    Sheriff's CCW Unit





  1. You must bring the following to your interview:
    • Completed Sheriff's Questionnaire.
    • Completed DOJ license application.
    • Copy of your California driver’s license.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    • Complete the state-mandated firearms safety course.
    • Qualify with each of the weapon(s) you have listed on your application. Note: License applicants are limited to 6 firearms per CCW license.

Business Applicants

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Partner(s)/corporate offices statement providing authorization. Partner letter should state if partnership dissolves they will notify this office immediately upon separation.
  3. 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.
  4. Employee’s last two paycheck stubs or other proof of employer-employee relationship.


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