CRPA ALERT: CA DOJ Requires CA Real ID for All Firearm and Ammunition Transfers

June 18, 2019

CA DOJ Proposes “Emergency” Regulations Requiring Federally

Compliant IDs for All Firearm and Ammunition Transfers


The California Department of Justice officially submitted proposed “emergency” regulations that, if adopted, would require federally compliant California driver license or identification cards whenever attempting to purchase a firearm and, beginning July 1, 2019, any ammunition in the state of California.

California gun owners may recall that, following the adoption of Assembly Bill No. 60 (“AB 60”), a question was raised if a person with the notation “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” on their California issued ID would be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Following clarification from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“BATFE”), it was made clear that California licensed firearm dealers could continue to accept such licenses as valid forms of ID.

DOJ, however, is attempting to overrule BATFE’s prior clarification by mandating all firearm and ammunition purchasers possess a federally compliant “REAL ID” or provide additional documentation such as a U.S. passport as proof of lawful presence in the U.S. What’s more, DOJ is attempting to adopt these new regulations on an “emergency” basis, thereby limiting public participation in the rulemaking process to 5 days.

We encourage all our members to submit comments on DOJ’s proposal. Any comments must be submitted in writing, contain a notation that the comment is for consideration by California’s Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”), identify the topic of the emergency regulations, and be submitted simultaneously to both DOJ and OAL. You can send your comments either via mail or email using the following information:


Identification Requirements for Firearms and Ammunition Eligibility Checks

Department of Justice                                                 Office of Administrative Law

Bureau of Firearms                                                     300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250

Attn: Jacqueline Dosch                                               Sacramento, CA 95814

P.O. Box 160487                                                        staff@oal.ca.gov

Sacramento, CA 95816



Any comments should be submitted no later than June 21, 2019.

NRA and CRPA attorneys are currently reviewing the proposal and will be submitting a detailed opposition letter. In the meantime, make sure you are subscribed to NRA and CRPA email alerts to stay informed on these and other important firearm related issues facing California gun owners by visiting the NRA-ILA California dedicated webpage at https://www.nraila.org/campaigns/california/stand-and-fight-california/ and the CRPA webpage at https://crpa.org/.

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