Kern County Sheriff's Office

PLEASE NOTEDue to the increased volume of applications, The NEW Carry Concealed application process is taking approximately 180+ - days to complete. Applications are processed in the order they are received. You will receive an email if the Licensing Unit needs any additional information and/or documents when your application is being processed by our staff. If you have questions regaring your CCW application please email us at license@kernsheriff.org

Effective January 1, 2024:

 

Starting January 1, 2024, according to SB2, New CCW applicants must obtain a 16 hour course certificate after you have applied for a CCW with the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Renewal CCW applicants must obtain an 8 hour course certificate after you have applied for a CCW with the Kern County Sheriff's Office. This bill also requires the CCW course of training to include instruction on firearm handling, shooting technique, and to include a demonstration, by the applicant, of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm the applicant will be licensed to carry. The training will include live-fire exercises conducted on a firing range. A licensing authority shall establish, and make available to the public, the standards it uses when issuing licenses with regards to the required live-fire shooting exercises, including, but not limited to, a minimum number of rounds to be fired and minimum passing scores from specified firing distances.

*All firearms need to be registered to the applicant and you are no longer allowed to use your spouses' pistols on your permits.


The minimum qualification course for The Kern County Sheriff's Office will be 12 rounds: 4 rounds at 5 yards, 2 rounds gun hand only then 2 rounds support hand only from 5 yards, and 4 rounds at 7 yards. The passing score is 75% which equals missing 3 rounds outside the bottle outline on a standard FBI-Q target or its equivalent. Vendors course of fire might be different but will include the minimum standard requirements.


Starting January 01, 2019 all applications or changes will need to show proof of qualification, for each gun listed on the permit, before your permit can be approved.

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.

If the applicant is RENEWING a Concealed Carry Weapon license in Kern County, they may not apply until 30 days before the expiration date listed on their current Concealed Carry Weapon license.

 

**ALL CCW PERMIT HOLDERS MUST PICK UP THEIR PERMITS FROM LICENSING LOCATED AT KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HEADQUARTERS 1350 NORRIS RD, BAKERSFIELD CA 93308. PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT SUBSTATIONS**

 

Pricing

Type of Permit Standard 2 Year Judicial 3 Year Reserve 4 Year

Initial Fee
Paid on submission of your application

$169.00
inc. $93.00 DOJ LiveScan fee,
$76.00 Sheriff Office Fee.
plus $5.00 service fee plus credit card/debit processing fee
$191.00
inc. $115.00 DOJ LiveScan fee,
$76.00 Sheriff Office Fee.
plus $5.00 service fee plus credit card/debit processing fee
$137.00
inc. $137.00 DOJ LiveScan fee,
plus $5.00 service fee plus credit card/debit processing fee
Renewal Fee $62.00 $84.00 $96.00
Duplicate/Modification Fee $3.00 $3.00 $3.00
Kern County Sheriff’s Office Approved CCW Courses CLICK HERE

 

  • For credit card transactions a nominal credit card transaction fee will be charged for each transaction. Charges will be viewable prior to transaction completion.
  • Fingerprinting for Concealed Carry Weapons licenses is processed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am to 12 pm.
  • Click the appropriate button on the left of the screen to proceed with an application for a Concealed Carry Weapon license.

 

Please visit the below website for further information regarding a Concealed Carry Weapon License in Kern County:

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

Authority

California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a Sheriff of a county or the Chief or other head of a 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). All training for a Concealed Carry Weapons permit must abide by Senate Bill 2 and Penal Codes 26165 and 31635.

Who Shall be Issued a License

The licensing authority specified in Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 shall issue a license to persons who are not a disqualified person to receive such a license, as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Penal Code 26202, 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.

Completing the Application

California Penal Code sections 26150 and 26155 provide that a sheriff of a county or the chief or other head of a municipal police department of any city or city and county shall issue a license to carry a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person (CCW license). Penal Code section 26175 requires the Attorney General to prescribe a statewide standard application form for a CCW license.  Answering all the questions on the Application does not guarantee the issuance of a Concealed Weapon Permit. The determination whether to issue the license is at the discretion of the licensing authority. Pursuant to California Penal Code section 26160, each licensing authority will have a written policy summarizing their requirements for issuance of a Concealed Weapon Permit. In addition, prior to issuing a Concealed Weapon Permit, the California State Statutes require proof that:

  • The applicant is not a disqualified person to receive such a license, as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Penal Code 26202;
  • The applicant is at least 21 years of age, and presents clear evidence of the person’s identity and age, as defined in Penal Code 16400;
  • The applicant is a resident of that city or city and county. Prima facie evidence of residency within the county or a city within the county includes, but is not limited to, the address where the applicant is registered to vote, the applicant’s filing of a homeowner’s property tax exemption, and other acts, occurrences, or events that indicate presence in the county or a city within the county is more than temporary or transient. The presumption of residency in the county or city within the county may be rebutted by satisfactory evidence that the applicant’s primary residence is in another county or city within the county;
  • The course of training prescribed by the licensing authority has been completed.
  • The applicant is the recorded owner, with the Department of Justice, of the pistol, revolver, or other firearm for which the license will be issued.

Character References

You will need to provide the names and contact information of three persons willing to serve as references.  One of the three must be a person described in Penal Code section 273.5, subdivision (b) (your spouse, or former spouse, your cohabitant or former cohabitant, your fiancée, or someone with whom you have, or previously had, an engagement or dating relationship, or the mother or father of your child), if applicable.  At least one of the three must be your cohabitant if applicable.

Training Required

Effective January 1st, 2024, Senate Bill 2 requires that the firearms training course for initial CCW applications be a minimum of 16 hours and for CCW renewal applications by a minimum of 8 hours - Penal Code 26165.  

If applying for a NEW Concealed Carry Weapon license a course approved by the County Sheriff’s Office must be completed prior to permit issuance. This course will be a minimum of 16 hours.

If applying for a RENEWAL Concealed Carry Weapon license, a 8 hour course approved by the 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 traning vendor approved by the County Sheriff’s Office.

 

**ALL CCW PERMIT HOLDERS MUST PICK UP THEIR PERMITS FROM LICENSING LOCATED AT KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HEADQUARTERS 1350 NORRIS RD, BAKERSFIELD CA 93308. PERMITS WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT SUBSTATIONS**

Prior to Filling Out This Application

  •  Be prepared to scan a copy of your valid California driver’s license Or California Identification Card, which has your current address in Kern County.
  •  Be prepared to scan copies of two (2) of the following “proof of residency” documents in addition to your Drivers License or ID Card, showing your current address in Kern County (Proof of Residency (2 items): Complete current utility bill statement, current year property tax statement, vehicle registration, (Not renewal notice or Title) phone bill not cell phone bills). We will NOT accept credit card statements, bank statements, insurance documents or any other document not listed above. - Proof or residency NOT required for Renewals, Modifications or Duplicate Applications.

         Renewal

  • California Drivers License ONLY. The eight (8) hour renewal training certificate and qualification card will be uploaded once your application and background have been reviewed
  •  Modification Applications Only - California ID, Qualification Card and current CCW Permit.

Be prepared to scan copies of any additional documentation required per Kern County Sheriff's Department CCW policy (i.e. business license, employer verification letter, etc.). Also, you will be required to submit the original copy of your CCW Permit to our office prior to your CCW permit being issued even if a scanned copy is submitted with your application.

 


For More Information, Contact:

Kern County Sheriff's Office

Address: 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA. 93308

Telephone: 661-391-7690
Fax: 661-391-7434
Website: www.kernsheriff.org

 

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