***THE VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING WALK IN APPLICATION DROP OFF. YOU MUST CALL AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO DROP OFF THE COMPLETED UNSIGNED APPLICATION. ALL INFORMATION NEEDED IS IN THE APPLICATION PACKAGE.
Go to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office website and click on the “Public Resources” link and proceed to the CCW section for more information, or click here.
You should understand that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office CCW Information web page is laid out in a way that you can easily follow. Read the Ventura Sheriff’s Office CCW Policy, followed by the CCW Permit Application Instructionsfollowed by the CCW Permit Application (Download the application and completely fill it out).
Initial application and renewal application fees will be due when the application is turned in. At the time when an initial application is submitted, the applicant will receive a list of live scan locations. The fees which will be collected at the time of application drop off will be the Sheriff’s Office’s $20.00 administrative fee for new applicants, and the entire $77.00 fee for renewals (Includes the administrative fee and DOJ fees). For new applications, the DOJ fees of $93.00 will be collected upon completion of the live scan by the live scan facility. Each individual live scan facility may require an addition “rolling fee”. The fee amount will be determined by that individual facility. The applicant will also have the option of contacting the Sheriff’s Licensing Unit to make an appointment for live scan.
Someone will contact you from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to set up your interview with one of the Concealed Carry Weapons Investigators. At this interview, you will be asked questions regarding information on your application.
There will be a waiting period after the appointment with an investigator. The Department of Justice will be completing a fingerprint check and a background investigation will be conducted by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department as well. Allow 90 days plus for this process to be completed. Times will vary based on detective’s workloads and other dynamics involved in the process.
If your CCW license application is approved you will be advised to attend and successfully complete the required instruction course for CCW handgun. These courses are only accepted if performed by an approved Ventura County Sheriff’s Department CCW Instructor. The approved instructors are listed here.
CCW handgun courses vary in length and cost. Most are 8 hours in duration and cannot exceed 16 hours in length. The average cost for a certification course is $250.00 – $800.00. The courses are part classroom and part live fire qualification at a firing range.
After your certification is completed, the instructor will send all forms to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office CCW Licensing Division. Allow one week for processing of these forms before calling for your final appointment to pick up your license. Final fees will be collected.