FAQ

Q: How often do you teach the Los Angeles County CCW Permit Class?


Our Los Angeles County CCW Permit Group Class is taught both Online and In-Person. The Online Portion (lecture) is taught Via Zoom and we teach it most days of the week. Hence, finding a time that works for you should not be a challenge. The lecture is approximately 3.25 hours. The rest of the class is primarily the range qualification, multiple choice test and additional lecture. This portion is approximately 5 hours and is completed at the range. We utilize several ranges in Los Angeles and Orange County, depending on what is most convenient for you.

Q: What is the range qualification for the Los Angeles County CCW Permit Class?

The NRA B-27 target is utilized. You must get 17 of 24 shots within the 7 ring from 3,5 and 7 yards. For each additional firearm (up to 3 total) you must get 7 out 10 shots within the 7 ring at 5 and 7 yards. The same course of fire is utilized for the renewal class.

Q: What do I need to bring to the range qualification for the Los Angeles County CCW Permit Class?

Eye and Ear Protection, 72 rounds of ammunition for your first firearm, 20 rounds for for second and third firearm if applicable. You may qualify with up to 3 firearms.

Q: If I take the non-resident CCW Class that is offered by VIP CCW Services, which state’s non-resident CCW Permits will I be qualified to apply for? 

If you complete our non-resident CCW Class, you will have met the pre-requisite training requirements for the non-resident CCW Permits offered by the following states: Arizona, Utah, Florida, Virgina and Oregon. Florida requires a live fire assessment that would be conducted at a range and separate from the classroom portion of the class.

Q: If I take the LA County CCW Class, am I guaranteed to be issued a CCW permit? 

No. It is not a "shall issue" permit. The Sheriff's Department evaluates applications for "good cause" and it is at their discretion whether they will issue the applicant a permit.

Q: I am a resident of California. Can I still apply for a CCW Permit issued by Arizona, Utah, Florida, Virginia and Oregon?


Yes! These states all issue non-resident CCW Permits. Unless you are a prohibited person, you will be issued a non-resident CCW permit.

Q: What is the typical application process to obtain a non-resident CCW permit?


Using the State Of Utah as an example, applicants are required to:

  1. Be 21 or over
  2. Complete a firearms safety class taught by a state certified instructor certified by the Utah Department Of Public Safety (BCI)
  3. Pass a FBI Background Check
  4. Submit a competed application to Utah Department Of Public Safety (BCI)
  5. Submit a government issued pictured ID, passport sized photograph and set of fingerprints 
  6. Pay the application fee to Utah Department Of Public Safety which is currently $63.25

Q: How long does it take to receive my non Resident Multi-State CCW Permit?


Not long! As an example, per Utah statute, an application for a concealed carry permit must be processed within 60 days of the application being received.

Q: What are the typical requirements for being able to obtain a non-resident CCW Permit? 


Generally speaking, an application for non-resident CCW Permit must meet the requirements outlined below:

  • has not been convicted of a felony;
  • has not been convicted of any crime of violence;
  • has not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol;
  • has not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances;
  • has not been convicted of any offenses involving moral turpitude;
  • has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence;
  • has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed
  • is qualified to purchase and possess a firearm under federal law

Q: How long is the non-resident class taught by VIP CCW Services?


The class is approximately 4 hours long, excluding range time if applicable. 

Q: What do I need to bring to class?


Bring a government issued picture ID, black ink pen, paper and food for yourself. We want you to be comfortable! We also suggest you bring your non-resident CCW applications to the class if you would like assistance in filling them out. 

Q: What forms of payment does VIP CCW Services accept?

We accept cash, check and major credit cards. 

Q: What if I cannot attend my scheduled Zoom Group Class?

If you cannot attend your Zoom class, please let us know as soon as you know you are not able to attend and we will gladly put you in the next scheduled Zoom Class.

Q: What if I cannot attend the range qualification date I signed up for?

Canceling your range date prior to 24 hours of your scheduled qualification can be re-scheduled free of charge.

Due to the planning and coordination involved, range qualifications that are cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled qualification will be re-scheduled accompanied by a $40 re-scheduling fee.

Q: 

If you cannot attend an in-person class (for example our Multi-State CCW Class), if it is re-scheduled prior to 24 hours, it can be re-scheduled free of charge.

In-Person Classes cancelled within 24 hours of your scheduled class will be re-scheduled accompanied by a $40 re-scheduling fee.

Q: Can I arrive late to the range qualification?

At the beginning of each range qualification is a mandatory safety brief. If you are not able to attend the entire range qualification, from start to finish, we would need to please re-schedule your session for another day.

Additionally, we are required to teach you the entire class curriculum per CA PC requirements.

If you are more then 15 minutes late, your class must be re-scheduled in order to ensure we meet these requirements.

Q: Can I arrive to the Zoom class late or not be present for the entire Zoom class?

We are required to teach you the entire class curriculum per CA PC requirements. If you cannot attend the entire class, let us know and we will gladly re-schedule you.

Q: I am a public figure, celebrity or dignitary. Confidentiality is important to me. Will VIP CCW Services sign a non-disclosure agreement?


Yes! We have done it before and we will do it for you. Your information is kept confidential unless you tell us otherwise.

Q: I want to have a private class taught at my office, residence or a VIP CCW Services location, is it possible to set up a private class for me and or my private group?


Yes! We do it all the time. We have customizable private and group classes. Send us an e-mail to learn more. Both are Multi-State CCW Class and Los Angeles County CCW Permit class can be taught a your location such as your office paired with a range convenient for you and or your private group.

Q: Do I need to bring a firearm and or ammunition to the non-resident CCW class?


No. Firearms and ammunition are prohibited during classroom portions of our training

For students wanting to apply for the Los Angeles County CCW Permit or the Florida non-resident CCW Permit, a separate handgun competency assessment, utilizing live fire will be required. In this instance, students will need to bring their own firearm and ammunition to the range.

Q: What happens if I sign up for a class and for some reason I am unable to attend on the date I signed up for?


Students who are unable to attend the class on the date they reserved are able to make up the class within 90 days of their initial class date. Due to the planning and costs involved in setting up classes once a student enrolls, refunds are not given. We would be happy to re-schedule you for a future class.

Q: Where does VIP CCW Services hold classes?


VIP CCW Services teaches non-resident CCW Permit classes and California CCW Permit classes and firearms instruction throughout Southern California to include the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego. We also teach in Northern California by advanced arrangement.

Q: Do I get a certificate once I complete the class?


Yes. Students who satisfactorily complete our Multi State classes receive a certificate. On the certificate at minimum will include the Instructors Name, State Instructor Certification Seal, NRA Handgun Instructor Number and Students full legal name. When students complete our Los Angeles County CCW Permit Class, they receive a certificate certifying that they have completed the training requirements as per CA Penal Code 26165.

Q: The multi-state CCW Class taught by VIP CCW Services meets the pre-requisite requirements for several state’s non-resident CCW Permits. Once I complete the class, I can immediately apply for non-resident CCW permits. Utah shall issue a permit within 60 days. Why would I want more than one non-resident CCW Permit? 


Great question. There are actually a multitude of reasons: 

  • Reciprocity agreements and laws often change. The more multi-state CCW permits you have, the broader your coverage area is to carry a concealed firearm throughout the US. For example, if one of your state permits no longer has reciprocity or recognition with a particular state, your other permits may still have provide you coverage. 
  • Possessing more than one non-resident CCW permit increases the number of states you can legally carry a concealed firearm. For example, the Utah non-resident CCW Permit is not valid in New Mexico but the Florida non-resident CCW Permit and the Arizona non-resident permit is. Additionally, for example, the Utah and Arizona non-resident CCW permits are not valid in Florida. However by obtaining the Florida non-resident CCW Permit one can legally carry in Florida
  • Non-resident CCW permits have expiration dates and need to be renewed. By having multiple non-resident CCW permits, you minimize the risk of a permit expiring and losing CCW rights.

Q: Is there a difference in where one can carry (CCW) with a non-resident CCW Permit vs. resident CCW Permit?


Yes. For example, if you have a Utah resident CCW Permit, Florida will accept it via a reciprocity agreement with Utah, however, a Utah non-resident CCW permit is not valid for carry (CCW) in Florida. The solution if one wants to carry in Florida would be to obtain a Florida non-resident CCW permit via taking the multi-state CCW class from VIP CCW Services.

Q: Does VIP CCW Services issue me my non-resident CCW Permits or California CCW Permit?


No. VIP CCW Services does not issue you your CCW Permit. Permits are issued by the issuing authority, ie. Arizona Department Of Public Safety, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. VIP CCW Services provides instruction that exceeds the mandated pre-requisite training requirement.

Q: A misdemeanor offense exists in my criminal record. Will this prohibit me from obtaining a non-resident CCW permit?


For this you should contact the issuing authority directly. For example, if you are considering the Utah non-resident CCW Permit, you would contact the Utah Department of Public Safety (BCI) at (801) 965-4445. 

Q: Does VIP CCW Services offer military and first responder discounts?


Yes! Thank you for your service. Contact us for additional information.

Q: If I obtain a non-resident CCW permit, can I carry a concealed firearm in California?


No, unfortunately CCW permits from other states are not honored in California. In order to carry in California, you would need a California CCW Permit.

Q: I have a CA CCW permit. Why would I need a non-resident CCW Permit(s)


Having non-resident CCW Permits allow you to carry a concealed firearm in states that border California and in the great majority of the United States. For example, if you obtain non-resident CCW Permits, you can legally carry in border states such as Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.