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Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permits

Except in extremely limited circumstances, you may not carry a concealed firearm on your person in public unless you have a valid concealed weapon (CCW) license issued in the State of California. California law does not recognize CCW licenses issued in other states. Licenses are granted by local law enforcement agencies:

  • The Riverside County Sheriff's Department grants concealed weapon permits to county residents.
  • If 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.

Laser Sights

Laser sights may now be used on firearms approved to be carried in a concealed status.

  • It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure the system is operable, correctly attached to the firearm, and properly adjusted for accuracy.
  • Standard (non-laser) sights must be used during qualifications.

The Good Cause Requirement

A California Sheriff has broad discretion as provided in Penal Code Section §26150(a) to issue a CCW to those qualified Riverside County citizens that demonstrate both "good cause" and "good moral character." These persons are entrusted to carry loaded, concealed firearms into our public places throughout California. Examples of such public places include our roadways, movie theaters, shopping centers and malls, grocery stores, and the like throughout California.

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Complete the CCW Instructions (pdf) and the DOJ Application (pdf) then contact the CCW Unit for an appointment to meet in person.
    Address: Call: Or Call:
    16791 Davis Avenue, Riverside, CA  92518 951-486-2856 951-486-2816
  2. Call the Sheriff's CCW Unit to schedule an interview. The interview will determine your need and good cause for the issuance of a CCW permit. You must bring the following to your interview:
    • Completed CCW license application.
    • Copy of your birth certificate and/or naturalization papers.
    • Copy of your California driver’s license.
    • Copies of two of your most recent utility bills or any other sufficient proof of full-time residency within the County of Riverside as indicated on your application.
    • If this is your initial application you will need three letters of character reference (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 permit with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Letters from family members or employers are not acceptable.
    • Copy of military discharge DD214 form, if applicable.
    • Two recent passport photos.
  3. If you are successful with your initial interview, you will be instructed to
    • Get fingerprinted
    • Qualify with your weapon(s)
    • Complete the state-mandated firearms safety course

Other requirements apply for business-related purposes.  Please review the CCW Instructions for details.

Safety Training Facilities

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department recognizes the following training facilities for your safety class and range qualification requirement. Training from any other facility will not be accepted.

Note:  All facilities are by appointment only

Clark Training Center 16791 Davis Avenue (951) 486-2856
Riverside, CA 92518 (951) 486-2816
Firearms Training Associates P.O. Box 554 (714) 701-9918
Yorba Linda, CA 92885-0554 (714) 777-9318 (Fax)
Street Safe Defense Firearms Training Program (Martinelli & Associates, Inc.) 27475 Ynez Road, Suite 716 (951) 719-1450
Temecula, CA 92591  
Johnnie B. Wood, LLC. Security Training 44901 Golf Center Pkwy, Ste. 6 (760) 342-5127
Indio, CA 92201 (760) 625-7778


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