Concealed Weapon Permit
The San Mateo Police Department's policy and guidelines regarding the issuance of Concealed Weapons Permits comply with California Penal Code Sections 12050 through 12054 governing the issuance of such permits, and reflect the policy established within San Mateo County regarding the processing of applications.
Who may apply:
Any citizen residing within the City of San Mateo, over the age of 18 years, having a valid reason for obtaining a CCW permit may make application to the San Mateo Police Department. Only residents of this City will be considered.
Fees for service:
For each new application there is a non-refundable fee charged to process the background investigation, fingerprint cards, and other involved procedures. This fee is determined by the City of San Mateo to defray the personnel cost of processing an application, and is not returned if the applicant is denied a CCW permit. An additional state fee is charged to issue the permit.
San Mateo County has developed a uniform application form for use throughout the various policing jurisdictions within the county. This application must be completed and submitted, along with the fee for service. The application must include a written explanation regarding the need to carry a concealed weapon.
The application will be reviewed during a personal interview with Support Services' staff at the time of submittal. Following the interview, an appointment for fingerprint submission will be obtained. An additional fee will be collected by the technician to pay for the processing of the print cards by the State of California, as part of the background investigation. This may take 6 to 8 weeks to process.
Upon determination that the issuance of a CCW permit is in order, the Chief of Police will forward a recommendation to issue the permit to the San Mateo Sheriff's Office, along with copies of the application and background investigation. The Sheriff's Office will continue the processing of the permit for issuance, and impose any clearly stated (if any) restrictions and/or condition the Chief has determined regarding the carrying of a concealed weapon. Reasonable limitations and restrictions imposed on an individual's CCW permit affect the time, place, and other restrictions under which the permittee may carry a concealed weapon.
Please contact Investigations Lieutenant Jack Ratcliffe at 650-522-7689 with any CCW inquiries.