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Steps to Obtaining a CCW Permit | CCW Permit Application Process | CCW Application

Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW)
Permit Application Process

This section outlines the policy and procedure by which the Sheriff of Mendocino County will or will not issue a Carry Concealed Weapon permit. This section explains the application procedure and the requirements necessary before a Carry Concealed Weapon permit is considered for issuance. This policy conforms to the provisions of Penal Code Sections 12050, 12051, 12052, 12053 and 12054 governing Carry Concealed Weapon permits.

Pre-Application Information:

  1. An applicant's residence must be within Mendocino County.
  2. All new applicants (non-previous permit holders) are required to successfully complete a 16-hour "Citizen's Firearms Course." These courses are generally available through the local college and gun club.
  3. New permits are issued only to applicants who meet the requirements outlined below.
  4. The permit, if issued, may contain certain restrictions as to the time, place, and conditions under which the applicant may carry a concealed weapon.
  5. The California Supreme Court (Public Information Act) has ruled that your name and the purpose for obtaining a Carry Concealed Weapon permit are a matter of public record and may be released upon demand.
  6. Effective January 1, 1999, a Standard Carry Concealed Weapon permit is valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance.
  7. Carry Concealed Weapon permit holders must have experience and knowledge of:
    • Firearm safety, personal responsibility, and liability;
    • Moral and legal aspects of firearm use;
    • Confidence and competence in the care and use of firearms, and
    • California State laws governing Carry Concealed Weapon permit holders.

Instructions to the New Applicant

  1. Carefully complete the Department of Justice application by filling in all the blank spaces, including section 7 (Investigator's Interview Notes). Please do not sign application until requested. If your California driver's license has a post office box number, attach documentation that proves you reside in the County of Mendocino (i.e. property tax bill, vehicle registration, proof of home or vehicle insurance, voter registration, etc).
  2. You may bring your completed application, along with a valid Certificate of Training consisting of a minimum of 16 hours, to the Sheriff's Office in the area in which you reside. Your application will be reviewed for completeness and you will be photographed. You will then be contacted to set-up an appointment with the area commander for an interview to determine whether there is sufficient cause to issue a permit before you complete the fingerprinting portion of the application process. You will be required to pay the $25 ($45 after May 1, 2009) processing fee at this time.
  3. Your application must be accompanied with the following documents:
    • Driver's license
    • DD214 discharge form, if you are a veteran.
    • Citizen's Firearms Certificate (16 hours) or 832 P.C. course certificate
  4. Fingerprinting will be completed only after an appointment with the area commander is completed, and interview notes are forwarded to the CCW Coordinator. To complete the fingerprinting portion of the application process, go to the the Sheriff's Business Office at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah. Fort Bragg residents may go to the Fort Bragg substation for printing. The $107 fee is to be paid at that time. Please call the Sheriff's Business Office to determine if your file is there and the current hours of operation. You can reach the CCW Coordinator at (707) 463-4417.
  5. Processing of the Carry Concealed Weapon permit will be completed only after the criminal history background check and Firearm Eligibility letter is received from Department of Justice. The Department of Justice portion of the process may take from two to three months, sometimes longer. Please be patient.
  6. If you change your address you have ten (10) days to notify the Sheriff's Office of the change and make arrangements to have your file and CCW permit updated.

Fees - New Permit

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Cash, Personal Check or Money Order made payable to MCSO
$45.00
Department of Justice
Cash, Personal Check or Money Order made payable to MCSO
$107.00

For more information on class fees (which are always separate from the above fee schedule), please contact the organization where you plan to attend class.

Instructions for Renewal

To renew your Carry Concealed Weapon permit, you must complete a four (4) hour training course that includes instruction on firearm safety and the laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm. Approximately two months prior to your expiration date, a letter notifying you of the time and date of the refresher class will be sent to you from the Sheriff's Office.

  • Renewals are granted only if the conditions supporting the original permit still exist and nothing has occurred involving the applicant that would prohibit the renewal of the permit.
  • You may complete the renewal process at the refresher class; or, no earlier than 30 days prior to your expiration date, you may submit your renewal application, renewal fees, and refresher class certificate to your local Sheriff's Office.
  • If you change your address you have ten (10) days to notify the Sheriff's Office of the change and make arrangements to have your file and CCW permit updated.

    Fees - Renewal Permit

    Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
    Cash, Personal Check or Money Order made payable to MCSO
    $45.00
    Department of Justice
    Cash, Personal Check or Money Order made payable to MCSO
    $52.00

    If you have any questions
    Please contact the CCW Coordinator
    Ukiah - (707)463-4417


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