Concealed Weapons Permits

Concealed weapon permits new and renewals will be processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.


California law requires concealed weapon permit applicants to satisfy specific criteria before being issued a license. The requirements are as follows:

  • Residency: All applicants must provide proof that they are a resident of the County of Mariposa.
  • Training: The applicant must complete and show current proof of attendance and a successful completion certificate from an approved Concealed Carry Course containing modules on safety, the law, and the applicant’s ability to handle a firearm safely. The course will be 8 hours.
  • Good Character: Applicants must attest to good character with respect to their ability to responsibly and safely carry and use a concealed weapon.
  • Good Cause: Applicants must establish that good cause exists to support a request for a permit to carry a concealed weapon

2018 New & Renewal Classes

  • January 27th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m. - New and Renewal
  • February 10th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m. - New and Renewal
  • March 10th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m. - New and Renewal
  • April 14th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m. - New and Renewal
  • May 5th - Greeley Hill Community Center- Renewal Only (limited space must call to sign up for renewal)
  • May 12th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m.- Ladies Only
  • July 28th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m.- New and Renewal
  • September 22nd - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m.- New and Renewal
  • November 10th - Mariposa Government Center 9 a.m.- New and Renewal

CCW Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). Please read through this, it should answer any questions you may have for new and renewals.

Application Process 

In order to obtain a CCW permit from the Mariposa County Sheriff Office, the applicant must complete the following steps:

CCW Application (PDF)

  1. Read, complete, do not sign the CCW application form. This form may be picked up in person at the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Making any intentionally false statements on the application is a crime (Penal Code 12051) and can be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or a felony.
    • The CCW application, while processed as confidential, is not a privileged document. Information divulged in the application is subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
  2. After completing the application the applicant must schedule an appointment with the Sheriff. The Sheriff will review the application. The applicant will be interviewed at this time regarding his or her application. All information is subject to verification and the applicant may be required to provide additional supporting documentation.
  3. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a background investigation on the applicant. When the investigation is complete, the Sheriff’s Office administration will review the information. A decision will be made at this time whether or not the CCW permit will be preliminarily approved. If the request is denied, the applicant will be notified by mail.
    Note: The applicant may be required to furnish proof of medical fitness and/or undergo psychological testing by a psychologist specified by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, and at the applicant’s expense in accordance with the provisions of Penal Code 12054(c).
  4. Upon receiving preliminary approval for the CCW permit, the applicant must be fingerprinted and pay the required Department of Justice fees before continuing the process. Fingerprints and fees are sent to the Department of Justice for confirmation of identify, criminal history, and firearms possession eligibility. All fees are non-refundable.
  5. The clearance from the Department of Justice usually takes from a few weeks up to two months.
  6. Once the Department of Justice responds and it is determined that the applicant has been cleared to receive a permit, the applicant will be notified by phone. The applicant must return to the Sheriff’s Office in person to sign and place their fingerprint on the CCW Permit. The applicant receives the CCW permit after these requirements have been satisfied.


 No resident has the right to a permit, nor is the Sheriff required to issue a permit. By law, the Sheriff has the discretion to approve or deny CCW permit applications as well as revoke permits that have already been issued.

A permit may contain any reasonable restrictions or conditions on its use. Restrictions or conditions (if any) are imposed at the sole discretion of the Sheriff. Receipt by the Sheriff’s Office of a CCW permit application does not guarantee the issuance of a permit.

Renewal Process

A CCW permit is not issued indefinitely. In general, the permit is valid for two years from the date of issue and must then be renewed. Renewal of a CCW permit is not automatic. A permit holder must reapply with the Sheriff’s Office in order for the permit to remain in effect. The process of application for the renewal of a CCW requires:

  • That the applicant is required to undergo 4 hours of firearms training prior to renewing.