Bad news about licensing and CCWs
Unfortunately, conditions have changed. Yes, the Sheriff is still issuing and nothing has changed about the requirements or the process.
If you are going through the process of getting a CCW now or renewing your CCW, please take a minute to read and share this information.
- Extreme Slowdowns. Licensing is experiencing extreme slowdowns in processing applications and renewals. The slowdown has to do with a loss of staff and COVID-19 capacity restrictions in licensing. These slowdowns will continue deep into 2021. The hope is to process every application in a timely manner. From what I have seen from licensing and leadership at the Sheriff's Department, they are trying hard to be quick and efficient. They are doing the best they can with the staff they have and the restrictions they are under. Nobody is happy about the current wait times and licensing is trying hard to work through the backlog.
- New applicants.
Apply and please be patient. Your initial appointment is going to be a year away. We recommend you get into their queue now and update licensing with any changes along the way. SDCGO is still confident that licensing will get on top of their backlog. They will go in order so the sooner you apply, the sooner you will get your permit. Info on how to apply is here: www.SDCGO.org/CCW
and the link to apply is here: https://sandiegoca.permitium.com/ccw/start
- Your Appointment Date.
Until further notice, CCW licensing is no longer proactively contacting CCW applicants to offer a new, sooner appointment date. We strongly suggest that you email licensing ASAP to confirm your appointment date for your new application or renewal. Their email is: CCW@SDSHERIFF.ORG
If you do not know your appointment date, email licensing and ask.
Suggested email to licensing:
CCW Licensing, my name is ________ and I believe the date for my appointment for my initial appointment (or renewal) is XX/XX/20XX at XX:XXam/pm. Can you please confirm that the date/time I listed is correct or tell me what my date/time is?
- Walk-Ins. The sheriff's licensing department is NOT open to walk-in traffic. You must have an appointment to conduct any business with licensing. They are NOT processing fingerprinting except for CCW applicants.
submit your application via Permitium (link to Permitium is https://sandiegoca.permitium.com/ccw/start
) on the Sheriff's website, 90 days prior to expiration. Scan a blank sheet of paper in place of your 4-hour training certificate. Take your 4-hour training class after you submit your renewal. Your training certificate is good for 90 days due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Licensing is so inundated and understaffed, your permit may temporarily expire. If it does, you cannot legally carry during that time. There is no mechanism for an extension. No, we cannot sue. No, they are not legally liable if something bad happens to you while you are expired and unable to carry. The Sheriff is following state law and cannot change that.
- Info Emails.
Licensing uses email to contact applicants a lot. They may need to contact you for a variety of reasons (rescheduling your appointment, questions on your application, etc). Please check your spam filters and look for emails from Permitium ( email@example.com
) and from licensing.