Carry Concealed Weapons Permit

Permit Details

Application and Information packets for Carry Concealed Weapons (CCW) are available at the front counter of the Napa Police Department.

If you are considering applying for a Concealed Carry Permit with the Napa Police Department, you should know that even if you meet the state minimum requirements, there still must be a valid reason to carry a concealed weapon.  The law states “Good Cause” must exist.  If you cannot show good cause, your application will likely be declined.

The determination of good cause for the issuance of a concealed weapons permit is perhaps the most difficult aspect in this process.  While every applicant may believe that he/she has good cause for a license, the Police Department’s determination is based on consideration of public good and safety.


The following are considered as examples of bona fide good cause for issuance of a concealed weapons permit:

•Applicant is a specifically targeted victim, as documented in official criminal justice records.  An accompanying recommendation of an investigating peace officer (endorsed by the Department Head or Commander) that a concealed weapons permit be granted for reasons of personal safety would be helpful.  

•Applicant is an active or honorably separated member of the criminal justice system directly responsible for the investigation, arrest, incarceration, prosecution or imposition of sentence on criminal offenders and has received threats of harm to persons or family as a result of official duties.

•Applicant is a member of the immediate family of an active or honorably separated member of the criminal justice system as described above, as a result of this relationship, has been the victim of criminal acts or threats as documented in official criminal justice records.

Other good cause reasons may vary based upon one or more of the following factors:

•The degree or frequency and likelihood of exposure to harm

•The nature of the applicants work and the resulting exposure to harm.  Examples include, but not limited to, a private investigator who serves legal documents, a judge who sentences criminal defendants, probation officers, bail bondsman and paramedic.

•Objective evidence of a pattern or history of threats upon the applicant, or member of his/her immediate household, or his/her residence, workplace, or vehicle when occupied.  

•Examples of objective evidence include police reports or witness corroboration via statements.

•Objective evidence of a pattern or history of threats upon the applicant, or member of his/her household.  

•Examples of objective evidence include police reports or witness corroboration via statements.

In making a determination of good cause, the police department will consider all available information and make the decision most beneficial to public good and safety. The mere fear of victimization or desire to carry a firearm for self-protection from animals or others will not be sufficient. Statements that “I might break down on a back road somewhere” or “there are gangs in the town where I live” are generally not considered good cause. Carrying large sums of money or valuables as part of your business operation may be considered good cause. In general, acts associated with normal course of living, working or conducting business shall not constitute sufficient cause for issuance of a concealed weapons permit. The totality of the circumstances surrounding the applicant and the application will be considered and any license issued may be either unrestricted or subject to specific limitations, i.e. limitations as to the time and place where the applicant may be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.

Potential applicants should review the needs and remember that a CCW is NOT needed to carry a weapon in or on your own property or in your business.

Applications for CCW are available at the front counter of the Napa Police Department. The application packet contains all the information regarding rules and regulations for obtaining a CCW in the City of Napa.  You must obtain and review all the information in the CCW packet prior to calling to schedule an interview. We do not accept drop off applications. The City of Napa Police Department can only accept and approve CCW applications for residents of the City of Napa.  If you live outside the city limits of Napa you must contact your law enforcement jurisdiction where you reside.  

Appointments for a CCW interview can be made by contacting Sgt. Mike Hensley at [email protected] or by phone at (707) 258-7885.