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Concealed Weapons Permits

The Amador County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing the residents of Amador County with relevant and timely information regarding the services the department offers. 

This site is designed to give general information as well as specific requirements regarding applying for a carry concealed weapon (CCW) license from the Amador County Sheriff's Office for those citizens residing within the Sheriff's jurisdiction.

Citizens residing in the cities of Ione, Jackson, and Sutter Creek should first apply for their CCW permits through their respective Chief of Police.  

The Amador County Sheriff's Office does not recommend individual concealed weapon (CCW) instruction vendor(s). It is the responsibility of each applicant to research and evaluate prospective vendor(s) to determine their suitability.

The Amador County Sheriff's Office approved vendor(s) list only consists of individuals and entities who have met the minimum statutory requirements for firearms training and agree to instruct the minimum concealed weapons course training content pursuant to Penal Code Section 26165. The Amador County Sheriff's Office does not endorse the training styles, methodologies, facilities or techniques used to meet the minimum course requirements by each vendor.

Vendor opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information expressed are not those of the Amador County Sheriff's Office, but are those of the respective vendor(s).

Any compliments or complaints about the CCW vendor course curriculum, conduct, methodologies or other content should be directed to the Amador County Sheriff's Office at 700 Court Street, Jackson, California or 209-223-6500.


CCW License Policy (PDF)

CCW Application (PDF)

Approved CCW Vendors List (PDF)

Concealed Weapons Permit Course Outline-8 hour (PDF)

Concealed Weapons Permit Renewel Course Outline-4 hour (PDF)

CCW Requirements

Initial Application Process

Renewal Process

CCW Modifications

Terms of License

Applicable Weapon Laws





California law requires concealed weapon license applicants to satisfy specific criteria prior to being considered for issuance of a license. The requirements are as follows:

  • Residency: All applicants must provide proof that they are a resident of the County of Amador. Non-residents will be referred to the appropriate licensing agency. 
  • Training: The applicant must complete and show proof of successful completion from an Amador County Sheriff’s Office approved Concealed Carry Course containing modules on safety, the law, and the applicant’s ability to handle a firearm safely. The course shall be a minimum 8 hours for the initial application, and 4 hours for renewals.
  • ***EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2012- Proof of successful completion of a training course will only be required after a determination of good cause for issuance of the permit has been made.***
  • 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 license to carry a concealed weapon. When establishing that good cause exists, applicants must provide specific, detailed, and articulable facts that support their request.  Criteria that may establish good cause include the following:
    • Specific evidence that there has been or is likely to be an attempt on the part of a second party to do great bodily harm to the applicant.
    • The nature of the business or occupation of the applicant is such that it is subject to high personal risk and/or criminal attack, far greater risk than the general population.
    • A task of the business or occupation of the applicant requires frequent transportation of large sums of money or other valuables and alternative protective measures or security cannot be employed.
    • When a business or occupation is of a high-risk nature and requires the applicant’s presence in a dangerous environment.
    • The occupation or business of the applicant is such that no means of protection, security or risk avoidance can mitigate the risk other than the carrying of a concealed firearm.
    • Personal protection is warranted to mitigate a threat to the applicant that the applicant is able to substantiate. 

Note: These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive, they are provided merely for your reference.  Failure to fully and completely articulate good cause may be grounds for a denial of your application, or a request for further information. 

State and local laws do not prohibit an adult from having a concealed weapon in their home or place of business.


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

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