How to legally purchase firearms and ammunition in CA

How to legally purchase firearms and ammunition in California


Firearms


General requirements:

  • You must be age 21 or older to purchase a firearm in the state of California.
  • The firearm you are attempting to purchase must be CA legal. Use the links in the "helpful links" section at the bottom of this page for research.
  • You may only purchase one firearm in any 30 day period.
  • There is a 10 day waiting period starting from the moment when dealer record of sale (DROS) paperwork is submitted to the CA Department of Justice. Your firearm will not be released to you until your DROS is approved and this period has passed.
  • If your DROS is approved, you must pickup your firearm within 30 days. Failing to do so will require an additional DROS submission (with the associated fee).

Required documents:

  • Valid California driver's license or ID card.
  • Valid proof of US citizenship (US Passport or Certificate of Naturalization) or valid proof of legal residence. NOTE: This requirement is waived if your driver's license or ID card is a REAL ID.
  • Valid proof of California residency. Examples include utility bills, CA vehicle registration, primary residence lease agreements, mortgage statements. Note that wireless service bills do not count as utility bills. The address on any documents must match address on driver's license or ID card.
  • Valid California Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC). Acquiring this certificate requires a 30 question multiple choice exam. You may take this exam at our shop at the time of purchase. You may find a study guide here. The certificate is valid for 5 years.

Fees:

  • California Department of Justice requires a DROS fee of $37.19 per firearm.
  • If you do not have a firearms safety certificate (FSC), the fee for the exam is $25.

Ammunition


General requirements:

  • You must have legally acquired a firearm (a previous firearm DROS submission on record) in the state of California in order to purchase ammunition.
  • Approved ammunition DROS (background check).

Required documents:

  • Valid California driver's license or ID card.
  • Valid proof of US citizenship (US Passport or Certificate of Naturalization) or valid proof of legal residence. NOTE: This requirement is waived if your driver's license or ID card is a REAL ID.

Fees:

  • DROS fee of $5.