CCW application instructions

How to apply for your CCW

Call us on 949-861-0693 for advice on how to get your Orange County CCW. We will help you get your CCW!


Artifex Firearms is certified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to teach the CCW class, and is the premier provider for students of all skill levels.  Our Chief Instructor has extensive experience of concealed carry both abroad (on covert operations) and in the USA. We are pleased to be of assistance at any stage in your CCW process, offering advice and realistic testing training to prepare you for the huge responsibility that comes with concealed carry.


General information from OCSD  on Orange County CCW can be found by clicking here.  Your first step should be to email OCSD on ccwpermits@ocsd.org to request the initial CCW interview (simply state you wish to apply for an Orange County CCW). Expect an appointment several months later, depending on how busy the department is.  You should then download the required documents from the OCSD website. Click here for a link to the application form, and don’t forget to review the document checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything.


If you have questions as to what constitutes good cause, contact us and we will advise where we can.


Once you’ve had your interview, you will be given provisional approval, and told to complete your Orange County CCW class. Congratulations if you’ve reached this stage! The next step is to select which of the training courses best suits your needs from the options below.  Remember, your primary concern should be getting thorough instruction on both the law surrounding carrying a handgun in California, and the use of lethal force in self defense situations. Set yourself up for success and choose one of our courses below.


PLEASE NOTE: Since the 9th Circuit Court has issued its en banc decision on the Peruta case, OCSD is stating the following on its website:


“New applicants, and those applicants currently in process, will be required to articulate their safety concerns and provide supporting documentation in accordance with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (OCSD) Policy 218. Each application will be evaluated individually based on the merits of the applicant’s good cause statement and the totality of their circumstances.”


At Artifex Firearms Training we are encouraging people to continue to apply for their Orange County and we are here to advise clients on “good cause”.

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