Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to be a resident of Merced County to apply for a CCW permit with Merced County Sheriff’s Office?  Yes 

Do you have to take a CCW safety class and qualification course prior to submitting your application?  No, this a requirement after Sheriff Warnke's approval 

Is a CCW permit issued in Merced County valid in other states?  No

If I have been live scanned previously for another purpose; do I need to be live scanned again for CCW?  Yes

Do I have to successfully complete a comprehensive background check?  Yes

Is it mandatory that I first apply for a CCW with the respective law enforcement agency within in city?  No, you may choose to bypass your respective law enforcement agency and apply with the Merced County Sheriff's Department, despite what city you live in, within Merced County.