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CCW FAQ

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 hoerner@frontsight.com

 

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:

  • You must be a US citizen (or a resident alien with a card or document as proof along with at least three months proof of a physical address inside the U.S.)
  • You must be over 21 (A few states will issue to 18 years or older - restrictions apply. Note that states that recognize the NV and UT permits are very specific on whether or not they will recognize a permit issued to someone under 21! Do your research.)
    • UTAH: Issues provisional permits to people who are 18 to 20 years old. This permit expires on their 21st birthday, when they would apply for a regular UT permit. (No training is required at this point, as they have already completed their training - simply fill out an application and enclose a copy of the provisional Utah permit.)
    • NEVADA: Issues CCWs to those over 21 years old and Active Duty or Honorably Discharged military personnel that are 18 to 20 years old.
  • For Nevada and Utah you must demonstrate safe weapons handling and competency with your weapon to the CCW instructors
    • The Nevada qualification test of 30 rounds satisfies this requirement, which is why all CCW course students are required to shoot the NV qualification test
  • Nevada also requires that you take a written test
  • You must have the State’s Statutes lectured to you
    • We cover the statutes for Utah and Nevada only during the CCW course. It will be up to you to get training (or simply read if that is all that is required) for any other states you wish to apply to.

 

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.)
 
 
What is the Plan of the Day?
  • Arrive by 7:15, geared up and ready to go like the last four days of training.  Ensure you have your eye protection, hearing protection and ammunition with you.
  • Go through Sign In, get your driver’s license copied and go to the classroom (or to the assigned CCW range if told to do so by Sign-In staff).
  • Be early (before 7:45)!  We start qualifying as soon as we get the first 20 students. At Sign-In, you will receive a 3”x5” card.  Print your first (or middle) and last name on the card.  Keep this card with you!  Everyone will fire the (30) round Nevada qualification test.  (You should already have your magazines filled.)
    • You will be shooting the same gun you did for your Defensive Handgun course.
    • You will only be shooting one handgun; the Nevada permit just lists ‘handgun qualified’, and is no longer weapon specific.
    • Utah and most states are NOT weapons specific.
  • Be back in the classroom before 8:30 to get your picture taken and have the mandatory statutes lecture.
  • The class will move to the white tent after the classroom lecture for detailed instructions on filling out the paperwork for Utah and Nevada. Please do not fill out any paperwork until instructed to do so. We have a very good acceptance rate for our students who correctly fill out their applications.
    • The address on your state’s Driver’s License does NOT need to match your actual physical address.  There are spaces on all the forms for your physical address and mailing address, if different.
    • If you were born outside of the United States and are a US citizen, you must provide proof of citizenship for all applications.  (Birth certificate, passport, etc.)
    • If you are resident alien, you must have your residence card and proof of residency.  (Three months of utility or phone bills, etc.)
    • For your Nevada form, you will need to know:
      • Business name, address and phone number IF you are employed.
      • Residence addresses for the last 10 years.
        • If you are Active Duty Military, or were serving in the last 10 years, you will use your home of record for the appropriate time periods.
    • Once the paperwork and fingerprint cards are filled out, then you will go through the process of being fingerprinted (Nevada and Utah ONLY), if not already done during the lecture, Utah form stamped with the UT Instructor’s red stamp along with your Nevada form completed by a Nevada Instructor.
    • Student’s lunch period is from approximately 12:00 to 1:00, which allows you to finish the Nevada written test and your paperwork.  Instructors will be ready to sign or fingerprint at around 12:30 or so. (Times may vary depending on the size of your class and other factors.)
    • You should check off items you have completed on your checklist.  Your checklist will tell you what must be included with your application(s).
    • IMPORTANT:  Before you leave the classroom, you must turn in the student contact sheet!  We must have a record of what permits you applied for in order to send you replacement paperwork if needed.
  • Once your paperwork and fingerprint cards are complete, you are free to leave to turn in your Nevada paperwork to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office (non-residents).

 

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.

  • For Nevada residents, you will need to appear in person and have your local sheriff or law enforcement agency complete your application, get fingerprinted and photographed.
  • If you are not a resident of Nevada, you will receive a pre-addressed mailing envelope for your Nevada application, which you will mail or turn in to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in Pahrump.  You are being taught in Nye County, and must turn in your paperwork to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
    • If you mail your application in, (non-residents only) you will need to return to Pahrump to pick up your CCW.
    • If you are able to go to the Sheriff’s Office to turn in your paperwork in person, your permit will be mailed to you.  At this point, the Sheriff’s Office will have your fingerprints, digital photograph and electronic copy of your signature so they have all the required items to print your permit when you are approved.
      • Hours are from 8:00 to 3:00, Monday through Friday (closed holidays)
      • The Sheriff’s Office can only process a certain number of our students on Tuesday and Friday afternoon before they have to close the office.  If you are flexible on your travel arrangements, you may want to plan on going in on Wednesday morning (if in the Tuesday CCW course).
      • The Sheriff’s substation in Pahrump is located at 1520 East Basin Rd.  (Go to the third traffic light (Basin) in Pahrump, and turn right.  Approximately three blocks up on the left is the Nye County Courthouse.  The Sheriff’s substation is a separate building on the far side of the Courthouse from Basin.
      • There will be a map available for you to take while you are waiting in line for your paperwork to be signed
  • Your Utah application will be ready to go in the pre-addressed mailing envelope you will receive with your application.
  • For Florida, Arizona, and some other states, you will need to get fingerprinted by any law enforcement agency. 

 

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) (register@frontsight.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.

  • Money orders are available in Pahrump at numerous locations including:
    • Wal-Mart Superstore on Hwy 160. Open 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.  (Follow Hwy 160 into Pahrump, through the 2nd traffic light. Wal-Mart is on the left.)
    • You will also be passing by a Bank of America and a Wells Fargo Bank on Hwy 160 as you are headed to the NCSO.

 

Who do I make the money orders out to?

For a Nevada CCW:

  • Non-resident applications that are mailed - $96.25, (Cashier's Check or Money Order) made payable to “Nye County Sheriff’s Office” (NCSO).  (Must appear in person to pick up permit when approved if you mail in your application.)
  • Non-resident and Nye County residents going to the NCSO - $96.25 (Cash (EXACT* change), Money Order, Visa or MasterCard) when appearing in person at the Nye County Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 3:00.  (Your permit will be mailed to you when you are approved.)
  • If you are a Nevada resident, but not a Nye County resident, you will go to the designated agency for the county in which you reside (usually the Sheriff’s Office, or Las Vegas Metro PD for Clark County).  (Permit mailed from them when approved.)
  • Fingerprints are taken electronically at the Sheriff’s Office along with your digital photograph and electronic copy of your signature.
  • Renewals before expiration date = $61.25 (Cash (EXACT* change), Money Orders, Visa or MasterCard accepted when appearing in person - Money Orders only when mailing (non-residents)).
  • Renewals up to 120 days AFTER expiration date = $61.25 + $15 late fee = $76.25
  • Permits expired more than 120 days require a new application

*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:

  • $67 for non-residents ($57 for residents) made payable to “Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification” (Utah BCI).  You will be taking your Utah application with you so you can purchase the money order later if you wish.
  • Utah will also accept Visa, Master Card, or personal checks

 

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?

  • Utah: Before your permit expires, you should receive renewal paperwork in the mail. Follow the instructions and return the renewal application and fee to Utah BCI. If you have NOT received renewal paperwork in the mail, you can renew online at BCI's website if you are within 90 days of expiration.
  • Nevada: Nevada requires four hours of refresher training by a NV instructor inside the state of NV, along with re-shooting the NV qualification test. If you wish to use Front Sight for your renewal training, in order to meet the NV training requirements, you will need to complete a two or four day Defensive Handgun course along with the immediately following scheduled one day CCW course.
  • Arizona, Florida, Virginia, etc.: AZ, FL, & VA, along with some other states, handle renewals the same as Utah in that they will send you the renewal paperwork to fill out and submit.

 

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?  

 

Maybe.

  • Illinois:  If you apply for Nevada, Florida and/or Utah permits, you can receive four hours of training credit each, for up to eight hours total.  You will need to make copies of two of the three permits listed above to submit with your IL application and IL training certificate.
  • California:  See the CA County list at the bottom of this page for more information on the counties who responded either 'yes' or 'no' to accepting our training.

 

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

NEVADA: Nevada Revised Statutes (CCW) and Las Vegas Metro PD CCW

ARIZONA: AZ Dept. of Public Safety - CCW page (Click Obtaining a Permit button, then click arrow next to Applicant Instructions and follow directions to request an application.)

FLORIDA: Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs

VIRGINIA: VA State Police - Firearms

 

www.handgunlaw.us

  • Open Carry Information: Opencarry.org
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    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 hoerner@frontsight.com

     

    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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