Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Program

Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Program

The South Gate Police Department accepts applications from South Gate residents who wish to obtain a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license.  The CCW License Program allows for qualified individuals to carry an approved concealed firearm on their person for the purposes of self-protection.  CCW license applications are processed through a convenient, online process which takes approximately 90 days to complete.  CCW licenses are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

The information contained on this page provides an overview of the CCW License Program; program requirements, the license process, and certain restrictions in obtaining a CCW license.

The carrying of concealed weapons comes with a great deal of responsibility.  The use of a firearm could result in death or serious injury, which can come with legal and/or criminal implications.

There are fees to the applicant associated with the CCW License.  If the application is denied, the fees are non-refundable.  Fees include:

Processing Fee with MyCCW.US for a standard 2-year license:

     $398 --  Initial

     $348 --  Renewal

License and Processing Fee with South Gate Police Department

     $100 – Flat Fee

Live Scan

     Approximately $130 by Approved Vendor.   

Psychological Review

     $480 – Set by Approved Psychologist

Firearm Safety Course

     Approximately $250 by Approved Vendor.  

Any additional questions, please contact Lieutenant Camacho,

Requirements for Obtaining a Concealed Carry Weapon License

Must be a resident of the City of South Gate (Penal Code § 26150 and Penal Code § 26155)

Be at least 21 years of age (Penal Code § 29610).

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Fully complete an application that will include substantial personal information-much of which may be subject to public access under the Public Records Act.

Be free from criminal convictions that would disqualify the applicant from carrying a firearm-see   Firearms Prohibiting Categories

Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150 and Penal Code § 26155).

Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150 and Penal Code § 26155).

Pay all associated application fees including those that may be required by any third-party provider as well as fees required by the Department of Justice and the cost of the LiveScan.  If the license application is denied, fees will not be refunded.

Provide proof of ownership and registration of any firearm associated with the license.

Be free from any psychological conditions that might make the applicant unsuitable for carrying a firearm (Penal Code § 26190).

Complete required firearms safety training (Penal Code § 26165).

Restrictions for the CCW License

The Chief of Police may place special restrictions limiting the time, place, manner and circumstances under which any license shall be valid.  In general, these restrictions will prohibit the licensee from:

Being under the influence of any medication, alcoholic beverage, or drug while armed.

Committing any crime.

Consuming any amount of an alcoholic beverages while armed.

Falsely representing him/herself as a peace officer.

Interfering with any law enforcement officer's duties.

Loading the permitted firearm with illegal ammunition.

Refusing to display his/her license or firearm for inspection upon demand of any peace officer.

Unjustified or unreasonable displaying of a firearm.

Revocation of License

Any Concealed Carry Weapons license may be immediately revoked by the Chief of Police for any of the following reasons:

The licensee has violated any of the restrictions or conditions placed upon the license.

The licensee becomes psychologically unsuitable to carry a firearm.

The licensee is determined to be within a prohibited class described in Penal Code § 29800, Penal Code § 29900, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8100, Welfare and Institutions Code § 8103 or any state or federal law.

The licensee engages in any conduct which involves a lack of good moral character or that might otherwise remove the good cause for the original issuance of the license.

License Process

The South Gate Police Department uses a third-party vendor to process all South Gate Police CCW license applications.  Apply online through

Complete the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Application, also available online through

Initial review of the application by a background investigator.

Interview with a background investigator and a review of required documents.

Criminal history check through Live Scan fingerprinting.

Thorough background check.

Psychological Review.

Completion of an approved CCW Firearm Safety Course and Weapon(s) Qualification.

Final interview with the Chief of the South Gate Police Department or his designee and issuance of CCW license.

Limited Business CCW licenses will not be issued to non-residents.  (Penal Code § 26150) For Limited Business CCW License applications, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Psychological Assessment Requirement

The South Gate Police Department is requiring all applicants be referred to a License Psychologist for a psychological assessment at a cost to the applicant not to exceed $480 (Penal Code § 26190 (f)). To request an assessment, please e-mail Judy Ramos at and indicate that a psychological evaluation is being requested by typing “South Gate PD + CCW”, with the applicant’s name and contact information. The applicant will receive a link to pay the evaluation fee. The applicant will then be contacted for an appointment with the psychologist.

Amend CCW License

A CCW license may be amended if there is a change of address, change of legal name, lost or stolen license, and/or adding a new firearm to the license in the event of damaged, lost, or stolen firearm.  All other amendments, including gun modifications not previously mentioned, will only be processed at the time of an application renewal.

Type of Handgun Allowed

The South Gate Police Department allows one handgun per license.  The handgun you list on your CCW application must be a handgun registered to you in the State of California.  The handgun must be capable of being holstered and concealed on a person or within a reasonably sized bag/purse.  The handgun, magazines, and ammunition must comply with applicable State and Federal Laws.  The handgun must be a revolver or semi-automatic, single-action or double-action.  No fully automatic handguns are allowed.  The recommended calibers include .38, .357, 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.