Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) License
Penal Code Section 26155(a)
- When a person applies for a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city or city and county may issue a license to that person upon proof of all of the following:
- Not a disqualified person to receive such a license, as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Penal Code 26202 (previously, the applicant is of good moral character).
- Good cause exists for the issuance of the license. (Please see New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (PDF).
- The applicant is a resident of that city.
- The applicant has completed a course of training as described in Section 26165.
- The chief or other head of a municipal police department may issue a license under subdivision (a) in either of the following formats:
- A license to carry concealed a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person. Where the population of the county in which the city is located is less than 200,000 persons according to the most recent federal decennial census, a license to carry loaded and exposed in only that county a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.
- Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city from entering an agreement with the sheriff of the county in which the city is located for the sheriff to process all applications for licenses, renewals of licenses, and amendments to licenses, pursuant to this chapter.
Applications by appointment only
In accordance with California Penal Code 26155, subject to department procedures, residents of the City of Winters may submit an application to the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator.
- All information disclosed in the application may be subject to public disclosure per the California Public Records Act.
- The issuance of a CCW license does not excuse or justify any behavior that violates existing weapon laws
- Applications will be individually investigated
- An applicant interview will be required as part of this investigation
- Please read and complete the application packet in its entirety
- Specifically, applicants are encouraged to read and understand the CCW License conditions and restrictions, applicable legal sections, agreement to restrictions and hold harmless admonishments, and firearm prohibiting categories
For additional questions regarding this process, please contact the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator at 530-795-2261 or by email email@example.com.
By Law, no resident has the right to a CCW Permit. The Chief of Police has the discretion to approve or deny CCW permit applications as well as revoke permits that have already been issued. We do not issue CCW Permits for employment purposes.
Each CCW License holder is mandated by California state law to attend a firearms safety class. Individuals are also required to qualify with their weapon(s) under the direction of a qualified range master to ensure each license holder is competent in the safe handling of firearms.
- All weapons listed on a CCW License must be registered in the name of the license holder.
- The license holder must have completed training for each firearm listed on their CCW License
- California SB 2 requires the course of firearm training to be at least 16 hours. CCW applicants are required to complete a training course approved by the local licensing authority, which must provide training regarding firearm handling, shooting technique, and relevant gun laws, a demonstration by the applicant of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm.
- The Winters Police Department CCW qualification course (docx) must be completed as a part of the firearm training
The Winters Police Department recognizes only approved training facilities to satisfy your qualification certification. Training from any other facility will not be accepted. Training facilities must be contacted by CCW applicants to arrange training.
For additional questions regarding this process or to be added to the approved training facility list, please contact the Winters Police Department CCW Coordinator by phone at 530-795-2261 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training Facility Venders
To be added to the approved training facility listing please email email@example.com with copies of your DOJ certificates/ credentials and any course materials for review. Additionally, please let us know your preferred vender name, range location (City), web page, email, and phone number information for the listing. The materials you provide will be reviewed by our CCW coordinator and you will be informed of your listing by email as soon as the review process is completed.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to update contact information for your current vender listing.
Please review an important legal Alert reference Constitutionality of Public-Carry Criminal Laws After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (posted above).
What are the criteria for consideration of issuance?
- Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 26155(a), the criteria are as follows:
- Not a disqualified person to receive such a license, as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Penal Code 26202
- Legal judgments of good moral character can include consideration of honesty, trustworthiness, diligence, reliability, respect for the law, integrity, candor, discretion, observance of fiduciary duty, respect for the rights of others, absence of hatred and racism, fiscal stability, profession-specific criteria such as pledging to honor the constitution and uphold the law, and the absence of criminal conviction.
- Issuing authorities are still required to take an applicant’s fingerprints and to wait for the results of the background check that is run by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). Licenses “shall not be issued if the [DOJ] determines that the person is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing, receiving, owning, or purchasing a firearm.” Cal. Pen. Code § 26195(a). Issuing authorities must still require proof that (1) “the county or city), and (3) the applicant has completed a course of training. Id. §§ 26150(a), 26155(a). Issuing authorities may also still require psychological testing. Id. § 26190(f).
- Proof that the person applying is a resident of the county or a city within the county.
- Proof that the person applying has completed the required course of training, including instruction on firearm safety, the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm, and qualification of weapon(s)/type(s) to be listed on the permit. NEW applicants are required to take at least an sixteen (16) hour safety training course. RENEWAL applicants are required to take a eight (8) hour continuing education safety training course.
- Proof of no statutory prohibitions.
Is the Chief of Police required to issue CCW Permits? Do all residents of Winters have a right to be issued a CCW Permit? Do you have to be a United States citizen to get a CCW Permit?
- The Chief of Police is not required to issue CCW Permits. By law, the Chief of Police has the discretion to approve or deny CCW permit applications as well as revoke issued permits.
- No resident has the right to a CCW Permit. Carrying a concealed weapon is a privilege, not a right.
- California does not issue CCW permits to non-citizens of the United States. (Exceptions would be if the applicant has a Permanent Resident Card).
How will I know if my specific circumstance will allow me to obtain a CCW Permit?
- Each CCW application is unique and evaluated on its own merits. Individual circumstances play a large role in determining the necessity of issuing a CCW permit. After careful examination of all the information provided on your application and facts surrounding those circumstances, the decision is made by the Chief of Police. If you are on active probation, you must first complete your probation period before applying. If you are revoked or denied you may reapply after a minimum probationary period of one year unless DOJ issues a lifetime firearm prohibition. If you have questions, or are requesting an exception, contact the Professional Standards Division at (530) 795-2261, or write a request and email it to email@example.com.
Are CCW Permits issued for employment purposes? What do I do if I am self-employed, own a business or wish to carry my weapon while I am working?
- CCW Permits are NOT issued for employment purposes.
- If you are self-employed, a business owner contractor, Realtor, Contractor, etc. and/or would like to carry while working you need to either upload a current business license, Articles of Incorporation (indicating both the business name and your name), a current 10-99, a contractor permit, a realtor permit and/or a current business letter. Penal Code Section 26035. Carrying by Person Engaged in Lawful Business for Purposes Connected with That Business. Any person engaged in any lawful business, including a nonprofit organization, or any officer, employee, or agent authorized by that person for lawful purposes connected with that business, from having a loaded firearm within the person’s place of business, or any other person in lawful possession of private property from having a loaded firearm on that property. (The exception to this is that you are in the prohibited class of persons not allowed to possess a firearm).
- We DO NOT issue for Concealed Carry Security employment purposes (i.e., Security Guard).
How old do I have to be before I can apply for a CCW Permit?
- An applicant must be 21 years old before applying for a CCW permit. California Statute does not set the minimum age; however, per Penal Code 26500, persons must be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun (which is then registered in the Department of Justice database). Effective January 1, 2019, licensed firearms dealers will also generally be prohibited from selling or transferring firearms of any type to people under 21, unless the recipient is a member of the Armed Forces or law enforcement.
How do I apply for a CCW Permit?
- Review the materials above and click the Permitium link to read and follow the instructions.
What are the most common issues when applying?
- Read the instructions, then select the type of permit you are applying for. Applicants are responsible for the information they submit. You will not be able to change information on the original application once it has been submitted. If you make an error, you can write a note and upload the correction into the document upload area of the application.
- Applications should have only one (1) active application at a time in Permitium.
- NEW Standard 2 year, and Renewal Standard 2 year
- You cannot apply for a 4-year RESERVE unless you are a sworn Peace Officer while working in a Law Enforcement capacity.
- You cannot apply for a 3-year Judicial, unless you are a sworn Magistrate, Judge in the State of California
- You must complete an on-line application in its entirety (not just mandatory fields), which includes providing all requested, required documents, i.e. valid State issued Photo ID, two (2) additional proofs of residency (then include your name, home physical address and have current dates).
- If you are unemployed, retired, a student, etc. you will need to notate such in the Employer Information Section. N/A is not an acceptable answer and will be considered an incomplete answer.
- All applicants who have served in the armed forces must provide a copy of their DD-214/discharge papers.
- If you are a Business Owner or Self-employed, upload a copy of your current business license or your Articles of Incorporation, indicating both your business name and your name. These documents are required each time a new or renewal application is submitted.
- If you have any type of State of California License (i.e. Contractor, Realtor, Cosmetology, Nurse, etc.), you must upload a copy of your current State license. These documents are required each time a new or renewal application is submitted.
- If you are not the Business owner, and not self-employed but wish to carry in the scope of your employment you must provide a Letter of Authorization from your employer. When submitting your Letter of Authorization, the letter should be on official letterhead (if the company has one). It must include the name of the company representative having the authorization to grant you the ability to carry while working for that company. The letter must also include a telephone number to contact the company to verify the letter. We recommend you keep the original letter in your records. (We DO NOT issue for any type of Concealed Weapon Security employment, or Volunteer Security work).
- If you do not have a current business license, Articles of Incorporation, current 10-99, or a current business letter, etc., and/or documentation is not provided, the automatic restrictions will be applied, and will not be reconsidered until your next renewal period.
- If you are unfamiliar with computers, using an on-line process or need assistance uploading required documents, etc., you will need to reach out to a family member, friend, co-worker, etc. for assistance as we do not offer computer classes and no longer accept paper applications. Other resources available to assist include free public libraries, junior colleges perhaps, or other fee-based private individuals. You will need an email address to complete the application and to receive application confirmation, etc. If you have no other option, then you can contact the Winters Police Department for further instructions at Winters Police Department 702 Main St Winters, CA 95694 530-795-2261 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do Not bring any handguns into the Police Department Office for any reason.
- If you experience technical support issues during submission, you must contact Permitium Tech Support immediately at 1-855-642-2453 for resolution.
One question on the application asked me to list any prior or current CCW permits. Do I need to list permits from other counties in California and Out-of-State permits?
- Please list all current and expired CCW permits from other counties in California, and those current/expired from other states. If the out of county or out-of-state permits are current, then please upload a copy of those permit(s) into your application.
What happens if I am late picking up my permit, applying for my renewal or my renewal application is still in process? Do I have to start over?
- Your permit/ renewal will be held for 90 days, three (3) months after it is available for issuance before being subject to your application being cancelled.
- If you are late in Renewing your CCW Permit: Applicants are given 90 days after their CCW expires to apply as a RENEWAL applicant. After 90 days applicants will have to start over and apply as a NEW applicant, including being fingerprinted.
- If not picked up your application will be withdrawn and, per Permitium policy, no refund will be forthcoming. Note: Applicants May Not under any circumstances carry a weapon concealed after their current CCW Permit is expired.
- Emergency extensions may be requested. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case bases; however, there is no guarantee that an extension will be granted. Also, as a reminder for renewals, the Safety Training Certificate is only good for 6 months from the date the class was taken.
What is the fee schedule for a carry concealed weapons permit, and how do I pay?
- All major credit cards are accepted through the online Permitium program. Cash, checks or money orders can be accepted at the Police Department Office, but choosing this option will delay the process. Once paid, a “Coupon Code” will be issued at the Police Department Office. You will not be able to complete your application prior to receiving this “Coupon Code” if paying by cash, check or money order.
- LivesScan fees are separate from this process and are due at the time you schedule your appointment.
- An initial fee deposit is due when you submit your application. If approved, the final permit fee is due prior to issue. of the license.
How long do I have to provide a current safety training certificate? Where do I take my Safety Training Course and what is the cost?
- Both new and renewing applicants are required to provide current safety training certificates within ninety (90) days of the Chief of Police approval of your application date. New applicants should wait until they have received email notification of the Police Department approval before taking the minimum of sixteen (16) hour safety training courses. Renewing applicants may upload a current eight (8) hour Safety Certification upon submission if they wish to streamline the process. If there are any concerns/incidents that may affect approval, then wait until contacted by the Background Investigator to take the eight (8) hour update. NOTE: If a renewing applicant’s CCW permit expires before their renewal application is processed and approved, or if an approved renewal application permit has not yet been issued, you cannot carry. There are no exceptions.
- An accepted provider list is available online. Please visit our website for a current list of accepted providers and contact the provider of your choice for pricing.
- New applicants are required per California SB 2 requires the course of firearm training be at least 16 hours effective January 1, 2024. CCW applicants are required to complete a training course approved by the local licensing authority, which must provide training regarding firearm handling, shooting technique, and relevant gun laws, a demonstration by the applicant of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm.Do not take the training course until instructed to do so after you have received notification that your CCW has been approved by the Chief of Police. Renewing applicants are required to take an eight (8) hour safety training course.
Can my spouse, friend, or a family member pick up my CCW Permit for me?
- Applicants must show their valid California Driver’s License or Government issued photo Identification Card when picking up their CCW permit.
When do I need to apply if I am renewing?
- You need to begin the renewal process ninety (90) days before your expiration date to allow sufficient time for processing. The Permitium program will not allow you to submit any sooner than ninety (90) days prior to expiration. Training certificates are valid for six (6) months. IMPORTANT REMINDER: You have only three (3) months after the Chief of Police approves your renewal application to submit a Safety Training Certificate. If you are applying for a Renewal and your permit expires while your application is being processed, you are not allowed to carry until your renewal has been issued.
- If you have not submitted your application before your CCW permit expires, you have a 90-day grace period to apply. After that time, you must apply as a New applicant. If you do not wish to continue, please surrender your CCW permit to our department in person or by mail.
Is there a specific type of weapon I must use? Do I have to qualify with each firearm I want listed on my permit? How many weapons are allowed on a CCW license?
- AB 2103 went into effect on January 1, 2019, and it required training to include instruction on firearm handling and shooting techniques, and to also include a demonstration by the applicant of shooting proficiency and safe handling of EACH firearm the applicant will be licensed to carry and to include live-fire exercises conducted on a firing range.
- The weapon shall be the product of a manufacturer free from mechanical and other flaws, within tolerances determined by manufacturer’s specifications, and in good working order. You must check with the Department of Justice or visit their Web Site to ensure the weapon(s) you are listing comply with current specifications and laws. At the time of this posting the DOJ website is https://oag.ca.gov/firearms
- We allow modifications to enhance the sighting and grips. We do not allow modifications to the weapons that would alter it from the manufacturer’s original specification.
- You must list the caliber you will be using while carrying. If there are multiple calibers then you need to indicate the caliber by listing both with a “ / ” in the appropriate field. You will need to qualify with the weapon using both calibers. The additional qualification must show on your training certificate. For example a Smith and Wesson applicant wanting to use both .357 rounds and .38 rounds would list the weapon as follows: Make S & W Model S-Auto Caliber .357 / .38 Serial Number 347XXX
- There are no code sections that listed a maximum number of weapons allowed on a CCW license, however the most common recommendation is for three (3) weapons listed on a CCW permit for easy readability.
Can I have my spouse’s weapon on my permit?
- Firearms listed on your Concealed Carry Weapon license can be registered to you in the State of California per SB2 January 1, 2024. The firearm cannot be registered to any other family member. Effective January 1, 2024, carrying a firearm not registered to you is a crime per 25850 PC.
What do I need to do if I move from California?
- You must notify our agency in writing and surrender your CCW permit to the Winters Police Department Office within ten (10) days of moving out of California. You may surrender your permit to our department in person or mail it along with your written notification to: Winters Police Department Professional Standards Division - CCW 702 Main St Winters CA 95694.
What do I need to do if I have a modification?
- For Name Changes: You must complete the CCW Modification Form in its entirety via Permitium. You will need to upload your previous photo ID that shows your previous name on it, your new photo ID showing your new name change on it, and other supporting documents such as a court order or a marriage certificate validating a legal change.
- For address changes within the City of Winters: You must report any change of residence to the Winters Police Department Office, Professional Standards Division in writing within ten (10) days. In addition, you must complete the CCW Modification form in its entirety, available through Permitium, and once processed, pick up your modified CCW Permit, which displays your new address when it is approved.
What do I need to do if I have moved out of Winters, but remain in CA?
- You must report any change of residence to the Winters Police Department Office in writing within ten (10) days. If your permit is in good standing, your permit will remain valid for ninety (90) days to reapply with the new city/county of residence. After ninety (90) days your permit is no longer valid, and it must be mailed/returned to the Winters Police Department Office. After the 90 days you must mail the CCW Permit back to: Winters Police Department Professional Standards Division - CCW 702 Main St Winters CA 95694
- NOTE: Under NO circumstances does the 90 days period give you an extension after your Expiration Date on the CCW Permit.
I was unable to make my appointment. Can I reschedule?
- Yes, you may reschedule up to three (3) times within (3) three months by signing back into your account via the Order Tracker link provided to you by Permitium upon submission. After a third no-show appointment or rescheduling of an appointment, the application will be withdrawn, and you may not resubmit an application for a period of one (1) year from your last no-show.
- Currently, our office is unable to accommodate walk-ins due to file preparation requirements.
- I have filed a restraining order and need a CCW permit as soon as possible. How do I get an appointment due to life-threatening events?
- If you need to request a permit to carry a concealed weapon due to a restraining order, please contact us at (530) 795-2261 and leave a detailed message. You will be required to present a copy of the restraining order, the accompanying police report, and any other documents pertaining to the court order as each request is reviewed and considerations are made on a case-by-case basis
Where can I get my Live Scan Form?
- The Live Scan Form is part of your application. Police Department Office staff will print your LiveScan form and have it ready for your scheduled appointment. Do not go to another agency, the LiveScan fingerprints MUST be completed at the Winters Police Department Office in Professional Standards. You MUST be printed using the form that is part of your Permitium Application.
Can I apply for the four (4) year Reserve Permit instead of a two (2) year standard permit? Can I apply for the three (3) year Judicial Permit instead of a two (2) year standard permit?
- Reserve permits are reserved for Law Enforcement Reserves only. You may apply for a Reserve Permit only if you are a Law Enforcement Reserve (with Peace Officer powers when working).
- Judicial permits are reserved for Governor appointed or elected Judges only.
How long is a CCW permit good for?
- A CCW permit is in effect for a period of two (2), three (3) or four (4) years before it is either void or needs to be renewed. Most applicants qualify for the standard two-year permit. The Chief of Police has the discretion of issuing a permit for a shorter period.
What mandates are placed on all Winters Police Department permit holders?
- When carrying a weapon, Winters Police CCW Permit holders shall not:
- Consume any alcoholic beverage (while being armed)
- Commit any criminal act. You must report, in writing, any detention/arrest to the Winters Police Department Office, Professional Standards Division within ten (10) days. email email@example.com and call (530) 795-2261.
- Be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on- site consumption.
- Be Under the Influence of any illegal or prescription drug(s), alcohol, or Marijuana.
- Refuse to show CCW permit or surrender weapon to law enforcement upon request.
- Impede any peace officer in performance of their duties.
- Represent yourself as a peace officer to any person, if not so employed.
- Possess a weapon any place prohibited by law or sign. (i.e. State Capitol Building, Airports, and School Grounds, etc.).
- Carry concealed weapon on private property when posted “No firearms” or similar signs. (Without express written permission from property owner or manager).
- Unjustifiably display weapon.
- Carry a concealed weapon not listed on the permit.
- Carry solely for employment purposes. CCW’s are not issued for employment purposes.
- Be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing marijuana for on or offsite consumption
- Carry a concealed weapon on school grounds of a public or private school (PC 626.9 prohibits CCW permit holders from bringing firearms on campus, but permits them to possess firearms within 1,000 feet of a school campus)
- NOTE: When leaving a weapon in an unattended vehicle, lock the handgun in the vehicle’s trunk, lock the handgun in a locked container out of plain view, or lock the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view in accordance with Penal Code 25140. (A locked container does not include the utility or glove compartment of a vehicle. The container must be fully enclosed with a secured key or combination locking device)
- The Applicant Agrees To: Follow all workplace rules and regulations regarding weapons at work (including volunteer work), and if Business Owner must comply with all State and Local Licensing Rules and Regulations.
Is renewing a CCW permit automatically done?
- CCW permit holders are responsible for receiving proper training and completing an application for renewal.
- Reminder: Applications will take a couple months to process; you can reapply up to ninety (90) days prior to your expiration date. You will not be given any reminders by Pemitium, it is your responsibility to complete your renewal application and provide required documents before your expiration date.
What should I do if I am pulled over or contacted by a law enforcement officer?
- During any law enforcement contact, you are required to disclose your status as a CCW permit holder AND disclose whether or not you are carrying a weapon on your person or in your vehicle.
How can I contact the Winters Police Department Office regarding my CCW?
- Winters Police Department Professional Standards Division - CCW 702 Main St Winters CA 95694 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Winters fee schedule for Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License:
- CCW Issuance Fee $150.00
- CCW Renewal Fee $25.00
- CCW Duplicate/Modification Fee $15.00
- CCW Applicant Public Information Screening $31