Buying a gun

Buying firearms in the state of California is a process that requires verification that the applicant is at least 21 years of age (18 years of age with certain exemptions like a hunting license), proof of residency, a valid Firearms Safety Certificate, and passing a background check.

Applicants will need a federally compliant DMV-issued license or ID card. For citizens who do not have a “Real ID”, issued by the California DMV, a valid passport or birth certificate must accompany your valid Drivers License or Identification card.


FSC (Firearms Safety Certificate):

California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)
Real ID process:

**Due to the Covid-19 & Novel Corona virus stay-at-home orders, the Federal Government is delaying the implementation of Real ID enforcement until 1 October, 2021. The California DOJ (Department of Justice) issued a statement requiring the Real ID or accompanying documents to purchase a firearm. State laws from 1 July, 2019, have not changed.**

Supporting Documents for citizens:

  1. Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
  2. Certified copy of U.S. birth certificate.

Supporting Documents for non-citizen residents:

  1. Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545), Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) or
    Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS240), issued by the U.S. Department of State.
    (4) Valid, unexpired foreign passport with valid U.S. immigrant visa and approved
    Record of Arrival/Departure (I-94) form.
  2. Certified copy of birth certificate from a U.S. Territory.
  3. Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. Citizenship.
  4. Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card.

CA DOJ pdf regarding identification:

Click to access additional-docs-4045-1.pdf