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Read the information in the FAQ below. If your question is not found in the FAQ, or you need help regarding Front Sight’s CCW course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WARNING: People have reported receiving unsolicited emails or coming across websites that either offer to fill out applications (for a fee) for states or to offer online training (for a fee) in order to apply for a CCW permit. Of the states which issue CCW permits and require training, very few of them will allow online training. Most of the information they are trying to sell you is easily found online at websites such as www.handgunlaw.us (links on this page). Please do your research before giving an unknown individual or company your personal information (including your Social Security Number) and Credit Card information!
California Residents: Please go to the bottom of this page to see which CA counties accept Front Sight's training when applying for a CA CCW.
What are the requirements to apply for a CCW?
The requirements to obtain a CCW are simple. You have met most of the training requirements already during the last two or four days of your Defensive Handgun course and you complete the training requirements for Nevada and Utah with the one day CCW course. In addition to what you have done during your courses:
Why is it that only completion of a two or four day Defensive Handgun course along with the immediately following scheduled one day CCW course qualify me to apply for Utah and Nevada?
Nevada, Utah, and other states that require training mandate a minimum amount of training to obtain a CCW. Part of that training is in safe weapons handling, and part is required lectures. States that require training want their applicants to receive Moral & Ethical Decisions On the Use of Deadly Force, Problems 2 & 3, Criminal & Civil Liablities, weapon selection, care & cleaning, proper storage, along with state and federal statutes as well as weapons handling training.
Completion of our two and four day Defensive Handgun courses and the immediately following scheduled one day CCW course is the only combination that meets the training requirements for Nevada, Utah and some other states.
Florida and Arizona, among some states, just require weapons handling training along with the Moral & Ethical and Problems 2 & 3 lectures.
Note: We do not offer the one day CCW course during the night courses, as they do not include the required classroom lectures.
Which is the best CCW to apply for?
Laws change constantly. While you are here for the CCW course, you have the opportunity to apply for Nevada and Utah permits, as well as qualifying to apply for others, such as FL & AZ, etc.. You may choose to take the completed paperwork for NV & UT home, do some additional research, and decide which ones to apply for then. You have ONE YEAR from the date of the course to turn in your paperwork for NV and UT. Nevada and Utah permits are good for five years.
What states recognize my state’s CCW?
If you go to www.handgunlaw.us, you can click on the state you reside in on the US map shown on the homepage, which will open up a PDF file in a new tab or window of your browser. This file will contain information on your state’s laws, as well as show you what states recognize your state’s CCW permit.
How do I get a CCW in a state where it is difficult to obtain one?
It can boil down to something simple as how involved you are with your community and local charity events to who you know and what your status is within the community. The simplest solution is to locate someone in your community who already possesses a CCW and talk to them to find out how they got it.
What states will I be able to legally carry a concealed handgun in?
The legislation pertaining to CCW’s is constantly changing. Consult www.handgunlaw.us for up-to-the-minute details of which states you will be legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun in.
What other states' permits does Nevada recognize?
Remember, you are responsible for knowing the laws of the state you hold the permit in, as well as the laws of the state you are using that permit in.
Click Here to be taken to the Nevada Department of Public Safety's CCW recognition page.
|(Check prior to arrival to ensure your permit is still valid in Nevada! This list is usually reviewed and possibly modified on or before 01 July every year.)|
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Will I leave Front Sight with everything I need to get my CCW’s?
No. There is still work to be done on your own after leaving Front Sight.
How do I know what goes in each envelope?
You will be provided a checklist. You will need copies of your course certificate from your Defensive Handgun course for states like Florida and Arizona that just require proof of training. Replacement copies can be requested from Class Administration ((702) 837-7433) (email@example.com).
What if I didn’t bring money orders?
You will be provided with mailing envelopes for the Nevada and Utah applications, so you can purchase money orders at your convenience. Utah and the Nye County Sheriff's Office also accepts credit cards. If you are mailing your Nevada application to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, you need to enclose a Money Order or Cashier’s Check.
Front Sight does not sell money orders, but they are available in Pahrump if you are planning on applying for a Nevada permit in person at the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
Who do I make the money orders out to?
For a Nevada CCW:
*Note: "exact change" means it must be the correct amount. $100 is NOT 'exact change', and the NCSO cannot 'keep the extra for their coffee fund', etc.
For a Utah CCW:
What if I live in Nevada, but not in Nye County?
We will sign page 3 of your Nevada CCW application stating you have had the required training, but you will still have to complete the process with the sheriff or law enforcement agency in your county of residence. Should your agency have any questions on whether or not we are authorized to teach Nevada CCW classes, have them contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at the Pahrump substation, NOT Tonopah.
How long will it take to get my permits?
Securing a CCW permit is a lengthy, bureaucratic process. Nevada can take up to four months. Utah tries to get their permits out within 60 days or less of processing your payment.
Does Utah require a copy of my State’s CCW in order to apply or renew?
As of 04/01/2011, Utah now requires you to submit a copy of your permit from the state you reside in ONLY IF your state recognizes Utah’s permit. As of 01/01/2012, when you renew your Utah permit, you will also have to submit a copy of your permit from your state if your state recognizes Utah’s permit.
Does Nevada require a copy of my State’s CCW?
No. At this time Nevada is not concerned with any other permits you may or may not have.
How do I receive my permits?
The permit is mailed directly to you from Utah. If you are a Nevada resident, or you went to the NCSO to be fingerprinted and photographed, your Nevada permit will be mailed to you.
How do I receive my Nevada permit if I mail in my application?
You will be notified by letter or email that your permit is ready. Then you must pick up the permit in person at the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in Pahrump, Nevada. They will hold it for up to five years for pick-up.
How do I renew my permits?
How many handguns may I qualify with for my CCW?
You will qualify with one gun. Utah and Nevada are not weapon specific. You can qualify for the Nevada and Utah permits with any handgun, even a rental. You are required to use the same gun you used for your Defensive Handgun course as you must demonstrate safe weapons handling and competency for all three states during the Nevada qualification test.
What if I want to qualify with a different weapon than what I used for the Defensive Handgun course?
Both states require you to demonstrate safe weapons handling and competency. We therefore require that you use the SAME weapon that you used for your Defensive Handgun course, as you have had plenty of practice using it during your time on the ranges.
Do I need a concealment garment for the CCW Course?
No. Do not bring a fanny pack, shoulder holster, ankle holster, purse holster, etc. Although these are common forms of concealed carry, they are not suitable for safe range use.
How much ammunition do I need?
You will need 30 rounds for your weapon.
Do I need a holster and magazine pouches?
Yes. You should show up geared up the same as you were for each day on the range during your course.
How difficult are the written and shooting tests to get my Nevada CCW?
They are very simple. Very few people have difficulty passing the tests.
Do I need to qualify with the ammunition I intend to carry?
No. You may qualify with any factory-made, full-metal jacket or jacketed hollow point ammunition.
Will training at Front Sight help me get a permit in Illinois or California?
Where can I go for more information?
On the World Wide Web, the following URLs will be helpful when seeking additional, current information about various state laws:
UTAH: Utah BCI
ARIZONA: AZ Dept. of Public Safety - CCW page
VIRGINIA: VA State Police - Firearms
You can also visit State Attorney General’s Office websites, or contact them by phone when seeking information about that State’s laws regarding concealed carry.
For questions or help regarding Front Sight’s CCW course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Below is a list of California Counties accepting Front Sight's Defensive Handgun course plus the CCW course for approved training as of 01/04/2017:|
|Alameda: No Response||Alpine: YES||Amador: No Response|
|Butte: NO *3||Calaveras: YES *1||Colusa: No Response|
|Contra Costa: No Response||Del Norte: No Response||El Dorado: NO *3|
|Fresno: NO *3||Glenn: No Response||Humboldt: No Response|
|Imperial: No Response||Inyo: No Response||Kern: NO *3|
|Kings: YES *1||Lake: No Response||Lassen: No Response|
|Los Angeles: YES *1||Madera: YES *1||Marin: No Response|
|Mariposa: No Response||Mendocino: NO *3||Merced: No Response|
|Modoc: YES *1||Mono: YES *1||Monterey: No Response|
|Napa: No Response||Nevada: YES *1||Orange: YES *1|
|Placer: No Response||Plumas: No Response||Riverside: No Response|
|Sacramento: YES *1||San Benito: No Response||San Bernardino: NO *2|
|San Diego: NO *3||San Francisco: No Response||San Joaquin: YES *1|
|San Luis Obispo: NO *2||San Mateo: NO *2||Santa Barbra: No Response|
|Santa Clara: No Response||Santa Cruz: No Response||Shasta: YES *1|
|Sierra: YES *1||Siskiyou: No Response||Solano: NO|
|Sonoma: YES *1||Stanislaus: NO *4||Sutter: NO *3|
|Tehama: YES *1||Trinity: No Response||Tulare: YES *1|
|Tuolumne: YES *1||Ventura: NO||Yolo: NO *3|
|Yuba: NO *3|
*1 = Completion of Front Sight's 2 or 4 day Defensive Handgun Course AND 1 day CCW Course
*2 = All required CCW training conducted by the County Sheriff's Office
*3 = County trainers only. May allow training in adjacent counties - check with your Sheriff's Office
*4 = All training to be conducted by approved trainers within 35 miles of Sheriff's Office
*5 = Starting 30 JUN 2017, all CCW training to be conducted by approved trainers inside the county
Pending = Sheriff's Office is examining Front Sight's training for approval
No Response = Sheriff's Office never responded positively or negatively to Front Sight's request
Note that some Sheriff's Offices may want you to qualify on their range with one of their instructors. After training, you should have no problem. If they are asking you to do something you are unfamiliar with, do not be afraid to ask questions. Try to work *with* them, as they are trying to help you get your permit.
Be aware that your County Sheriff's Office may tell you that your California permit is not valid outside the state of California. There are currently 23 other states that recognize the California permit.
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