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Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) FAQs

What are the requirements for a CCW?

The Chief of Police is given the statutory discretion pursuant to Penal Code Section 26155 to issue a license to carry a concealed firearm to residents within the community. The Ontario Police Department’s policy on the issuance of CCW permits is printed in Policy Manual 218 and is available upon request.

All applicants who wish to apply for a CCW must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a legal resident of the City of Ontario
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to articulate “good cause” for issuance of a permit
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be free of any criminal conviction which would disqualify the applicant pursuant to State laws.


How do I apply for a CCW?

  • Click on the link below to download the DOJ CCW Application.
  • Complete the document as instructed. Please be sure to complete sections 1-7 prior to submitting the application. Much of the information in the application may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.
  • Submit the application in person to the Lobby Receptionist at the Ontario Police Department.


What happens after I submit my application?

Once submitted your application will be forwarded to a background investigator for review. Applicants will be notified within 90 days as to whether their application has been approved or denied. Applicants who are denied may take their letter of denial to the county Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit.

Applicants who are approved to continue with the process will be asked to set up an appointment with a background investigator.


Statement of Good Cause

In support of CA Senate Bill 610, which became effective January 1, 2012, we have listed the Ontario Police Department’s Statement of Good Cause below.

Good cause is defined as convincing evidence of clear and imminent danger to life or of great bodily injury to the applicant, his (or her) spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources, and which danger cannot be reasonably avoided by alternative measures.


Where can I get more Information?

Additional information may be obtained from the California Office of the Attorney General. You may visit the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms page.

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