General Information

Learning the laws regulating the use of firearms is a must for responsible ownership. Local regulations differ and laws vary from state to state. Citizens must check with the jurisdiction where the firearm is to be used.


If you are a resident of the:

  • City of Arroyo Grande
  • City of Atascadero
  • City of Grover Beach
  • City of Morro Bay
  • City of Paso Robles
  • City of Pismo Beach
  • City of San Luis Obispo

you will need to contact the law enforcement agency in the city you live in to apply for your Concealed Carry Weapon license per California Penal Code section 26155.

In California, the Sheriff and his staff are required to follow strict state and local guidelines when performing the necessary background checks for issuing Concealed Carry Weapon licenses. Due to the detailed nature involved with conducting these background checks, appointment times and processing times can take multiple weeks, For a NEW application, the applicant will be asked to schedule an interview appointment for a new Concealed Carry Weapon license.

If the applicant is RENEWING a Concealed Carry Weapon license in San Luis Obispo County, they may not apply until 90 days before the expiration date listed on their current Concealed Carry Weapon license.


  • A New/Initial application costs a total of $201.00. At the time of submittal of the application, a credit card payment of $121.00 plus credit card fees will be required. The balance of $80.00 plus credit card fees is due once the Concealed Carry Weapon license has been approved.
  • A Renewal application costs a total of $77.00. The full amount is required at the time of submittal of the application. NOTE: $20.00 of the total amount is a non-refundable application processing fee.
  • A Modification to an existing CCW license costs $10.00 (non-refundable) and is due upon the submittal of the Modification application. Modifications are for adding a weapon (maximum of 2); or changing your name or address
  • For credit card transactions a nominal credit card transaction fee will be charged for each transaction. Charges will be viewable prior to transaction completion.
  • Appointments for Concealed Carry Weapon license interviews will only be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Concealed Carry Weapon license.


Please visit the below website for further information regarding a Concealed Carry Weapon License in San Luis Obispo County:

Gaining competency with firearms is like learning to drive a car or fly an airplane. You need expert instruction and practice. There is no shortcut. If you are not willing to invest the time and effort to become competent, then having a firearm and trying to use it can, in many instances, be more hazardous than any impending threat.


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CCW Information

Concealed Carry Weapon License Requirements: must meet ALL requirements

Completing the Application

Answering all the questions on this standard application does not guarantee the issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. The determination whether to issue the license is at the discretion of the licensing authority. Pursuant to California Penal Code section 26160, each licensing authority will have a written policy summarizing their requirements for issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. In addition, prior to issuing a Concealed Carry Weapon license, the state statutes require proof that:

  • The applicant is of good moral character;
  • Personal Protection is an approved good cause. You may provide optional reasons that you have to carry concealed
  • The applicant meets residence requirements; and
  • The course of training prescribed by the licensing authority has been completed.

The following pages include standardized questions to determine whether a Concealed Carry Weapon license shall be issued.

The applicant will certify under penalty of perjury that all answers provided in the application are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. The applicant will also acknowledge that information disclosed on this application may be subject to public disclosure.

Training Required

Applicants must pass a course of training as specified by the Sheriff’s Office. These courses will be required after the applicant has been approved, but before the issuance of the CCW License, and will have a minimum requirement as follows:

  • New Applicants - For new applicants, the training class shall be not less than 8 hours and shall not exceed 16 hours; instruction on firearms safety; and instruction on the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm and successful completion of a course of fire.
  • Renewal Applicants - Shall be no less than 4 hours and not exceed 16 hours;  instruction on firearms safety; and instruction on the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm and successful completion of a course of fire.
  • Modification - If applying for a firearms MODIFICATION a scanned copy of the CCW Range Qualification Course form must be scanned and uploaded online on the application form.

The applicant will be required to complete and pay for an approved firearms use/safety training class as required by law. The law requires that all applicants, as well as renewals, complete this training. Please refer to the Approved Training Site link below for approved classes.



California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a Sheriff of a county or the Chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city, or city and county, may issue a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person (Concealed Carry Weapon license).

Who May be Issued a License

The licensing authority specified in Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 (a Sheriff or the Chief or other head of a municipal police department) may issue a license to persons who are of good moral character, who have completed a course of training for issuance of a Concealed Carry Weapon license. All applicants for a Concealed Carry Weapon license will be fingerprinted and state and federal records will be checked to determine if they are eligible to possess firearms. Click here to view all categories that would prohibit a person from possessing firearms and being granted a Concealed Carry Weapon license.

Prior to Filling Out This Application

  • Scan a copy of your valid California driver’s license, or state issued photo ID, which has your current address in San Luis Obispo County. The address must match the address provided on the application or a change of address form must be included.
  • Scan at least one “proof of residency” document showing your current address in San Luis Obispo County (i.e. Utility Bill, Lease/Rental Agreement; Telephone Bill; Tax Bill or Voter Registration Card). Any document needs to be current
  • NEW applicants: Scan a copy of at least 3 signed and dated letters of character reference from individuals other than relatives. Please include Concealed Carry Weapon Permit Application as a heading on each letter. Letter templates are not accepted.
  • Scan a copy of a letter from your place of employment if you wish to carry the concealed weapon while working for a business. The Business Owner, Corporation Chairman or person with the designated authority must submit a letter acknowledging the applicant’s request for a CCW license and that the employee is strongly encouraged to carry while performing duties for the entity. If the applicant is the owner of the business, you do not need to provide this document.
  • Confirm that each firearm (maximum of 2) you are listing on your Concealed Carry Weapon license is registered to you or your spouse/registered domestic partner. The firearm cannot be registered to any other family member. The firearm also cannot be registered as a “single shot”. The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office will not certify weapons less than .380 ACP for a CCW License



For More Information, Contact:

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Permit Office

1585 Kansas Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Telephone: 805-788-2342


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