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 appointment for a new Concealed Carry Weapon license. 

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



Type of Permit Standard 2 Year Judicial 3 Year Reserve/Custodial 4 Year ICSO Posse Member/Volunteer 2 Year

Initial Fee
Paid on submission of your application

Inc. DOJ Livescan Fee - $93.00+ Sheriff Fee - $25.00
Inc. DOJ Livescan Fee - $115.00+ Sheriff Fee - $25.00
Issuance Fee
Paid upon the approval of the application
$50.00 $50.00 $50.00  $50.00
Renewal Fee $127.00
Inc. DOJ Livescan Fee - $52.00+ Sheriff Fee - $75.00
Inc. DOJ Livescan Fee - $74.00+ Sheriff Fee - $75.00
Inc. DOJ Livescan Fee - $96.00+ Sheriff Fee - waived
Duplicate/Modification Fee $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 
  • 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 New Concealed Carry Weapon License will be scheduled by Imperial County Sheriff's Office personnel.
  • Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Concealed Carry Weapon license.
  • CCW forms must be uploaded using Permitium, they will not be accepted at the window. 

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


California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a Sheriff of a county or the Chief or other head of 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 may issue a license to persons who are of good moral character and meet residential requirements, and 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 provide the following;

  • A copy of your valid identification card that contains your photograph.
  • Proof of Residency: Copies of two (2) statements reflecting your name and permanent Imperial County residence address from one of the following service providers: Gas, Electric, Water, Home Internet/Cable, Waste, Mortgage, Rental Agreements and/or Property Tax Statements. Statements must be dated within the last 90 days. We DO NOT accept past due statements. We DO NOT accept any items other than those listed.
  • Firearm safety and qualification certificates are required as part of the final phase, once application is approved
    1. The certificate documenting your completion of the State of California required firearms safety course from an approved CCW Instructor.
    2. Firearm qualification form (you must qualify with each gun to be listed on your CCW). A PC 832 certificate is acceptable (No more than 2 years old).
  • Military Veterans upload your DD214 form (Discharge document).
  • Active Military upload military orders within the County of Imperial County, valid Military identification card and valid California identification card
  • Certificates are only valid for 90 days from the date issued.


**Applicants who have failed to respond to requests, provide required documentation, inactivity, make required payment and/or finalize CCW application requirements within 45 days will forfeit any fees and application will be withdrawn.**

For New (Initial) CCW applications, you must also provide:

  • For New (Initial) CCW Applications-Three (3) Character Reference Letters from individuals, other than relatives, that reside within the Imperial County. Each Character Reference Letter must include the current written date and the individual’s: name, home address, phone number and signature. Each Letter must also refer to the applicant by their full legal name, reference the individual’s relationship to the applicant and include a recommendation for the applicant in regards to obtaining a CCW Permit.

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.

The following pages include standardized questions that assist in the determination as to whether a Concealed Carry Weapon license may be issued. In addition to answering these questions, the applicant will be interviewed and go through a background investigation.

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 a course approved by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office must be completed prior to permit issuance. This course will be a minimum of 8 hours.

If applying for a RENEWAL Concealed Carry Weapon license, a 4-hour course approved by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office must be completed prior to permit issuance.

If applying for a MODIFICATION to your current Concealed Carry Weapon license that includes a firearm change, you will need to submit training certifications from a training vendor approved by the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office.

    • For a list of training vendors approved by Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, Click Here

To view the full Imperial County Sheriff CCW Police, please click on this link to view the CCW POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

For More Information, Contact:

Imperial County Sheriff's Office
328 Applestill Road
El Centro, CA 92243 

Telephone: 442-265-2125
Fax: 442-265-2073


For Technical Support, Contact:

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