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.

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. During the application process, the applicant will be asked to schedule an interview appointment for a new Concealed Carry Weapon license. Please note that for a new Concealed Carry Weapon license a non-refundable $113 application fee will be required to reserve an appointment for an interview.

If the applicant is RENEWING a Concealed Carry Weapon license in Santa Barbara County, they may not apply until 60 days before the expiration date listed on their current Concealed Carry Weapon license.


Type of License Standard 2 Year
Initial Fee $137.00
Inc. $20.00 Sheriff Fee, $93.00 DOJ, $24.00 LiveScan Rolling Fee
Issuance Fee $80.00
New Fee Breakdown DOJ Livesacn Fee - $93.00
LiveScan Rolling Fee - $24.00
Sheriff's Fee - $100.00
Pyschological Exam - $200 (Paid at the office at the time of appointment)
Training Fee - Check with Training Instuctor
Renewal Fee $77.00
Duplicate/Modification Fee $10.00
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      • Appointments for Concealed Carry Weapon licenses will be processed on Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.
      • Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Concealed Carry Weapon license.


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;
  • 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

If applying for a NEW Concealed Carry Weapon license, an approved 16-hour firearms training course must be completed prior to issuance.

If applying for a RENEWAL Concealed Carry Weapon license, completion of a 4-hour firearms training course is required prior to issuance.

If applying for a firearms MODIFICATION a scanned copy of the qualification certificate is required.


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 and who have completed a course of training. 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

  • Be prepared to scan a copy of your valid California driver’s license, or state issued ID, which has your current address in Santa Barbara County.
  • Be prepared to scan copies of two (2) of the following “proof of residency” documents showing your current address in Santa Barbara County (i.e. Utility bill, Lease/Rental Agreement, Telephone Bill, or Tax Bill).
  • Be prepared to submit three (3) signed reference letters. These reference letters must be authored by a non-family member who can attest to the applicant’s good moral character and shall include the author’s contact information and signature.
  • Be sure that each firearm 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.”



For More Information, Contact:

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Telephone: (805) 681-4100
Fax: (805) 681-4079

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Permitium Software
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