REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION TO PURCHASE A FIREARM IN CALIFORNIA
  • Valid California Drivers License or ID
  • California Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC card)
  • Proof of residency (auto registration, lease agreement, etc)*
  • Proof of lock with gun purchase (MOST new gun purchases include a lock)
  • Valid Federal government issued ID**
* Proof of residency is where you physically live and where the gun is registered. PO Boxes are not acceptable.
** What is acceptable to the state (DOJ) may not be acceptable to Federal Gov. (ATF)
If you do not possess a California ID you can not purchase a gun. The exam for the Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) can be taken at Bay Area Gun Vault. See link below for the Study Guide.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT FORMS AND PUBLICATIONS
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