The licensing authority may issue a California License to Carry upon proof of the following:
Licenses and permits to carry concealed firearms in California are issued by the sheriff of a county or the chief or other head of a municipal police department.
Yes, the licensing authority should collect fingerprints when submitting an application and submit them to the California Department of Justice which initiates the background check.
For new license applicants, the course of training for issuance of a license under Section 26150 or 26155 may be any course acceptable to the licensing authority, shall not exceed 16 hours, and shall include instruction on at least firearm safety and the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm.
The licensing authority may require a community college course certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, up to a maximum of 24 hours, but only if required uniformly of all license applicants without exception.
For license renewal applicants, the course of training may be any course acceptable to the licensing authority, shall be no less than four hours, and shall include instruction on at least firearm safety and the law regarding the permissible use of a firearm. No course of training shall be required for any person certified by the licensing authority as a trainer for purposes of this section, in order for that person to renew a license issued pursuant to this article.
The applicant shall not be required to pay for any training courses prior to the determination of good cause being made pursuant to Section 26202.
A California License to Carry is valid for up to 2 year from the date of the license.
No, having California License to Carry does not exempt you from the background check required when purchasing a firearm in California. The one exception is a California Entertainment Firearms Permit but that doesn’t apply here.
The following places are off limits while carrying concealed in California:
You cannot consume any alcoholic beverage or be in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption while carrying concealed in California. You also cannot be under the influence of any medication or drug, whether prescribed or not while carrying concealed in California.
You are allowed to carry concealed in:
State Parks: Yes
State Forests: Yes
National Forests: Yes
Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s): No
Road Side Rest Areas: Yes