San Diego Carry
As of Feb 21, 2014, the San Diego Sheriff's Office has issued a press release revealing that they do not intend to appeal the landmark decision in the Peruta case, which means that they are officially accepting "self defense" as adequate grounds for "Good Cause" on concealed carry permit applications.
This renders the concealed carry permit law in San Diego as nearly "shall-issue" for law-abiding citizens with clean criminal records.
As a result, San Diegans are applying en masse for concealed carry permits. This site is intended to serve as a checklist for this process.
Steps to Getting Your Concealed Carry Permit
- Either call the Sheriff's License Divison at (858) 974-2020 to schedule your appointment, or mail in a completed version of the PDF file linked in this document to the address listed on their site. We highly recommend doing so as soon as possible. Application by mail skips the "appointment to apply" step which was previously a delaying issue for the application process.
- Please consider emailing us to tell us what time and day you called them, and what the earliest appointment date you were offered was, so that we can keep track of how far back it's going right now. To protect your privacy, we do not care what your name is or what day or time you actually chose to make your appointment on - we only want to know what the earliest day you were offered was.
- You may look at a list of the application data we've collected here.
- Print and fill out your application. Current link is here.
- Keep in mind that divorces are technically lawsuits, so they get reported alongside any other lawsuits you're a party to.
- Make sure you know your driving record (it's an item on the application form) - use this DMV report to get the same basic report the law enforcement agency will be looking at.
- Gather your items for the application process. Most of these items are supposed to be owed at the end of the second interview, but some people have been told to bring it all to the first one, so San Diego Carry presently recommends that you bring everything to the first interview - after all, they could change their policy so that the second interview starts right after the first one, which would speed up the process for all well-prepared applicants:
- Cash or check payable to San Diego Sheriff's Department for $12.63 - initial application fees. Upon issuance, you will owe $50.51 more for the application fee.
- $93 money order made out to the Department of Justice (unless you're a judge or reserve peace officer, which are different)
- Proof of residency, in the form of two utility bills which list your name, service address, and mailing address (or other similar type proof). SDSO will be contacted 2/24/14 for a list of additional acceptable documents
- Attend your first interview, which may be up to an hour long (but people have reported around 10 minutes). You will be given instructions and additional information for your second interview. We presently don't have any information on how far out your second interview usually is.
- Attend your second interview, preparing in whatever way they asked you to in the first interview.
- Prepare for the live-fire qualifications.
- You must have an outside-waistband holster (i.e. standard belt holster) for each gun you wish to list on your permit. San Diego will not accept more than three weapons on your permit, although the CA permit process does allow for more.
- You must bring factory ammunition. You will fire a total of 15 rounds per weapon. Maximum distance is 7 yards with both hands.
- Ensure you can hit an IALEFI "Q" target, and place 11 out of 15 shots inside the "bowling pin" area.
- Obtain your mandatory training from a properly certified concealed carry instructor.
Our organization has no affiliation with any other open or concealed carry organizations.
- To educate the public as to the extent of their lawful rights in California.
- To educate our membership on how best to further ours and related pro-gun causes in California.
- To hold safe, responsible Second Amendment activism events.
- The official San Diego Sheriff's Office website
- The official CCW page on the Sheriff's website