Licenses for the carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) are issued by the Sheriff and registered with the California Department of Justice pursuant to provisions associated with California Penal Code Sections 26150–26225.
The Sheriff may issue a license to any person residing within Santa Clara County. However, persons residing in a municipality other than those served by the Sheriff's Office are encouraged to first contact their local police chief and apply for the license.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting and processing CCW applications. However, due to the extremely large number of applications we received during the federal case Peruta v. San Diego, we have a tremendous backlog. At this time, we are not able to provide status updates on individual applications. Please be patient as we work our way through the backlog.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office does not collect application fees at the time of application submission.
If you are interested in applying for a CCW permit, please complete the application below and submit it either via mail or in-person to:
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
ATTN: CCW Unit
55 W. Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
If you have any questions, please e-mail the Sheriff's Office.