El Dorado County CCW permits and issuance criteria, training requirements and other information can be
found on this page with Best Handgun Training, as well as the link below, to the El Dorado County
Obtaining a CCW (carry concealed weapons) permit in Northern CA is much easier than many bay area and Southern
CA counties. It is each Sheriff's policy which dictates whether you are able to receive a CCW, or not. The state of
CA requires that each applicant shall have good cause. Many Sheriff's in CA have determined that "good cause" shall
be personal protection or self defense. This is the case with El Dorado County Sheriff John
You must schedule an appointment directly with the El Dorado County Sheriff Department, CCW division.
You shall demonstrate good moral character, prove that you are an outstanding resident of El
Dorado County, and be prepared to undergo a thorough and complete background check.
Upon approval of your El Dorado County CCW application, you will be required to complete at least an
8 hour CCW training. At Best Handgun Training, we do require that you demonstrate the ability
to handle and use (at least one handgun), and we do require that you shoot the handgun for your El Dorado
County CCW training. At this time, you may have additional weapons on your permit, without qualifying with each
individual weapon. However, to receive an El Dorado County CCW permit certificate of
completion/competency, at Best Handgun Training, WE DO require you to demonstrate your ability to safely
use (at least one) handgun in our qualifications course of fire. This is our policy, and we make no
exceptions to our policy.
Do yourself a huge favor, and take the BEST training course available, and do not allow any shortcuts when
taking this training. In CA, unfortunately, it is a "privilege" and not a right to be issued a CCW. Training is
very important, and selecting the best instructor should be a very important factor, when you will be carrying a
concealed weapon everyday. Regardless of the number of days, or how long the training is, or how far away the
training center is, it is very crucial to know the laws of the state of CA, and particularly knowing the laws when
it comes down to self defense, and where you are not allowed to carry weapons, etc., rather than just
demonstrating that you can shoot a gun at a range.
At BEST Handgun Training, you will walk away with a tremendous amount of knowledge, and you will be well
prepared to carry concealed weapons.
For more information on obtaining a concealed weapons permit as an El Dorado County resident, visit
the El Dorado County Sheriff's CCW website.