The Sheriff may issue a concealed weapons license to law-abiding residents of Santa Clara County who are not prohibited from possessing, owning, or purchasing a firearm capable of being concealed upon his or her person, and comply with the provision of Penal Code Sections 26150–26225.
In accordance with PC §26150(a), and subject to department procedures, residents of Santa Clara County may submit an application to the Sheriff's CCW Unit.
Please note that police chiefs also have the authority to grant CCW licenses to residents of their cities. If you are a resident of an incorporated city within Santa Clara County, the Sheriff’s Office encourages you to apply to your police chief for a CCW license.
Applications will be individually investigated. An applicant interview will be required as part of this investigation. Applicants should be reminded that all information disclosed in the application may be subject to public disclosure. Applicants are encouraged to read the application packet in its entirety. The initial application process consists of a series of steps.
The possession of a license to carry a concealed weapon is subject to revocation by either the Sheriff or the California Attorney General's Office when licensees are found to be in violation of policy or legal statutes. The possession of a license to carry a concealed weapon does not exempt any individual from criminal prosecution or civil liability, other than the act of carrying the specific firearm(s) within the State of California. The issuance of a license to carry a concealed weapon does not excuse or justify any behavior that might otherwise be a violation of any law pertaining to weapons. The Sheriff may place restrictions on any license that the Sheriff deems warranted. The restrictions may include the time, place, manner, and circumstances under which the licensee may carry the weapon.
If you are interested in applying for a CCW permit, please complete the online application.
If you need any technical support for your online application, please e-mail Permitium support.
If you have any questions, please call (408) 808-4942 or e-mail the Sheriff's Office CCW mailbox.
Disclosure of Campaign Contributions
As of January 1, 2023, the Levine Act (Government Code Section 84308) applies to local government proceedings involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use. Pursuant to Government Code Section 84308, local elected officials may not accept, solicit, or direct a contribution of more than $250 from any party or their agent, or from any participant or their agent, while a proceeding involving a license, permit, or other entitlement for use is pending before them or for 12 months after a final decision is rendered in that proceeding. Any local elected official who has received a contribution of more than $250 within the preceding 12 months from a party or their agent, or from a participant or their agent, shall disclose that fact on the record of the proceeding and shall not make, participate in making, or in any way attempt to use their official position to influence the decision.
Pursuant to Government Code Section 84308(d), any party to a covered proceeding is required, and any participant to such a proceeding is strongly urged, to disclose on the record of the proceeding any contribution, including aggregated contributions, of more than $250 that they or their agent have made within the preceding 12 months to a local elected official. The disclosure must include the name of the party or participant and any other person making the contribution; the name of the recipient; the amount of the contribution; and the date the contribution was made. The disclosure shall occur in the manner required under Government Code Section 84308 and any applicable state or local regulations, opinions, or policies. No party or their agent, and no participant or their agent, shall make a contribution of more than $250 to any local elected official during the proceeding or for 12 months after a final decision is rendered in that proceeding.
The foregoing statements do not constitute legal advice, and parties and participants are urged to consult with their own legal counsel regarding the requirements of the law.
To make a disclosure and to access disclosures submitted to the County, visit https://boardclerk.sccgov.org/mandated-filings/levine-act-disclosure to complete the County of Santa Clara’s Levine Act Disclosure Form. The form must be completed by a party to a contract with the County of Santa Clara (or that party’s agent) at the time the party submits a response to a Request for Proposals or other competitive solicitation, enters into contract negotiations with the County, or executes a contract with the County, whichever is earliest. The form must be completed by a party to a license, permit, or other entitlement proceeding before the County at the time the party (or their agent) submits the license, permit, or entitlement application to the County. The requirement to submit this form applies where a party (or that party’s agent) has contributed more than $250 to a local elected official within the 12 months prior to the proceeding.
The party (or their agent) must submit a supplemental form if they make any new reportable contributions while the contract, license, permit, or other entitlement is being considered.
The party (or their agent) must also use this form if they need to correct any previously submitted form.
The completed form submitted to the County of Santa Clara is a public record.
COMPLETE AND SUBMIT LEVINE ACT FILING