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Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license

It is the policy of the Murrieta Police Department to refer all applicants for a CCW license to the Riverside County Sheriff for processing.  As an alternative that is totally voluntary, the Murrieta Police Department will accept CCW license applications from Murrieta residents who wish to process those applications through a third-party provider.  A CCW license allows qualified individuals to carry an approved, concealed firearm on their person for the purpose of self-protection.  The voluntary, alternative CCW license process takes approximately 1-4 months to complete.  CCW licenses are valid for a two year period from the date of issuance. 

The following information provides a brief overview of the voluntary, alternative CCW License Program; which includes the program requirements, the licensing process and certain restrictions in obtaining a CCW license.  The Murrieta Police Department is pleased to offer this service to the citizens of Murrieta as a tool for personal protection and with the overall goal for increased public safety.

Sean Hadden

Chief of Police

Program Background

In early 2016, Murrieta Police Chief Sean Hadden was tasked by the Murrieta City Council to examine the possibility of his office issuing CCW licenses.  This request from the City Council was in response to an increased interest by Murrieta citizens to have the ability to protect themselves with the option to carry a concealed firearm.  Presently, most CCW requests are referred to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department through a joint agreement between the Chief of Police and the Sheriff. 

Chief Hadden directed staff to conduct a feasibility study on the regular issuance of Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) licenses by checking with all of the law enforcement agencies within Riverside County.  The study included a review of agency policies, practices and procedures with the issuance of CCW licenses.  The study commenced in March of 2016, and concluded in June 2016.  The 2016 study showed that some of the municipalities within Riverside County referred those wanting a CCW license to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for processing, while other agencies processed requests internally.  The study showed that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department averaged ten CCW license applications from Murrieta residents per month, and had an average processing time (from application to the issuance of the license) of 18 to 22 months.

As a result of the feasibility study, Chief Hadden authorized a voluntary, alternative CCW test study with a small group of individuals to determine if: (1) the CCW license process could be completed in a reasonable amount of time, (2) if the overall cost for CCW issuance would be affordable for residents of Murrieta and (3) would the program be cost neutral for the city of Murrieta.  The test cases revealed the average time to process a CCW license would be 3-4 months, and the estimated total cost for the CCW applicants would be approximately $761.00.  Chief Hadden presented his findings at the April 4, 2017 City Council Meeting with his intent to move forward with the program. 

Chief Hadden’s goal with the voluntary, alternative Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) License Program is to provide this service to the citizens of Murrieta, while in turn reducing the CCW licensing and workload responsibilities for our partners with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Murrieta residents may choose to apply through the regular process with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department or they may use the alternative, voluntary program through the Murrieta Police Department for their CCW licensing needs.

Requirements for obtaining a CCW license using the alternative, voluntary program

In order to qualify for a CCW license using the alternative, voluntary program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Murrieta (Penal Code § 26150 & 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 DOJ Firearms Prohibiting Categories.
  • Be of good moral character (Penal Code § 26150 & Penal Code § 26155).
  • Show good cause for the issuance of the license (Penal Code § 26150 & Penal Code § 26155).
  • Pay all associated application fees required by any third-party provider as well as fees required by the Department of Justice and the cost of the LiveScan (fees will not be refunded if the application is denied).  The City of Murrieta does not currently charge any fees for issuance of a CCW other than the state fees which are paid to the state.
  • 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 training (Penal Code § 26165).

Voluntary, Alternative CCW License Process

  • Apply online through, or use any other qualified service.
  • Complete the California DOJ Application, also available 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 LiveScan fingerprinting.
  • Thorough background check.
  • Psychological Review.
  • Completion of an approved CCW Firearm Safety Course & Weapon(s) Qualification.
  • Final review and issuance of CCW license.

CCW License Restrictions

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:

  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages while armed.
  • Falsely representing him/herself as a peace officer.
  • Unjustified or unreasonable displaying of a firearm.
  • Committing any crime.
  • Being under the influence of any medication or drug while armed.
  • Interfering with any law enforcement officer’s duties.
  • Refusing to display his/her license or firearm for inspection upon demand of any peace officer.
  • Loading the permitted firearm with illegal ammunition.

CCW License Revocations

Any CCW 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.

Limited CCW Business Licenses

The authority to issue a limited CCW business license to a non-resident applicant is granted only to the Sheriff of the county in which the applicant works.  The chief of a municipal police department may not issue limited CCW business licenses (Penal Code § 26150).  Those interested in a limited CCW business license should contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-486-2856 or at

CCW License Program – Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the CCW program, you can contact Lieutenant Mark Reid at 951-461-6329 or