The path to firearms ownership in California begins with obtaining an FSC.
Your FSC test can be administered and your FSC card issued with the Carry Wisely Firearm Academy.
- How will I be able to obtain a Firearm Safety Certificate?
To obtain an FSC you must score at least 75% (23 correct answers out of 30 questions) on the FSC Test covering firearm safety and basic firearms laws. The true/false and multiple choice test is given by DOJ Certified Instructors who are generally located at firearms dealerships.
- How much will the Firearm Safety Certificate cost?
- The fee for taking the FSC Test and obtaining an FSC is twenty-five dollars ($25). $15 is paid directly to the DOJ, and the test administrator may charge up to $10.
- Are there any minimum qualifications/requirements for a person who wants to take the Firearm Safety Certificate Test?
- Yes. The FSC applicant must be at least 18 years of age and must present clear evidence of identity and age by presenting a California Driver License or California Department of Motor Vehicles Identification Card.
- If I don’t pass the test, can I take it again?
- Yes. The $25 fee entitles you to take the test twice if necessary. If you fail the test the first time, after 24 hours have elapsed you may retake another version of the test from the same DOJ Certified Instructor without any additional fee. The DOJ Certified Instructor is required to offer or make available to you the FSC Study Guide or refer you to view the webinar.
- How long will a Firearm Safety Certificate be valid?
- An FSC will be valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance.
ALL TESTING INFORMATION MUST BE RETAINED BY THE TEST ADMINISTRATOR FOR A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA LAW.
Link to California Department of Justice FSC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page: