Difference between revisions of "Certificate of Eligibility"

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A certificate of eligibility is a 1 page document that looks like a high school diploma. It is valid for one year and issued by the [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/ California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms].
 
A certificate of eligibility is a 1 page document that looks like a high school diploma. It is valid for one year and issued by the [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/ California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms].
  
== Why would I want one? ==
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== Why would I want a COE? ==
  
 
The COE is required if you are a commercial Federal Firearms Licensee. It is an optional nice to have for your employees. If you are a [[Curio and Relic/Licensed Collectors|C&R or 03 FFL]] holder, you can use your C&R license and your COE to avoid the limitation on purchasing more than 1 handgun in 30 days.  
 
The COE is required if you are a commercial Federal Firearms Licensee. It is an optional nice to have for your employees. If you are a [[Curio and Relic/Licensed Collectors|C&R or 03 FFL]] holder, you can use your C&R license and your COE to avoid the limitation on purchasing more than 1 handgun in 30 days.  
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Additionally, should AB-962 take effect, the C&R and COE should legally exempt you from the ban on interstate handgun mail/internet ordering.
 
Additionally, should AB-962 take effect, the C&R and COE should legally exempt you from the ban on interstate handgun mail/internet ordering.
  
== How do I get one ==
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== How do I get a COE ==
  
After obtaining the [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/coeapp.pdf form] from CA DOJ BoF, you need to locate a Livescan location near you. There they will take digital fingerprints and use those to run a criminal background check. This is the same system required of firefighters, police officers, and school and pre-school teachers.
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After obtaining the [http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/coeapp.pdf form] from CA DOJ BoF, you need to locate a [http://www.ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/ Livescan] [http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/publications/contact.php location] near you. There they will take digital fingerprints and use those to run a criminal background check. This is the same system required of firefighters, police officers, and school and pre-school teachers. The Livescan operator will charge their own fee that is usually $15 to $35. In addition you will pay a $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and a $19 FBI fingerprint processing fee at the time of completing your fingerprints at the operator for an average out the door cost of $71 ($52 FBI/CADOJ, $20 Operator). You will then mail the completed CA DOJ form with the ATI number that the operator gives you and a check for $22 for the form processing cost to the CA DOJ at the address listed in the form. You will usually receive your COE in the mail in about 30 to 45 days and it will be valid for about 350 days when you receive it. About 60 days before it expires you will receive a letter to your address on the COE reminding you to renew for $22. All you have to do to renew is sign the enclosed renewal form and include a check to CA DOJ in the renewal. Your subsequent renewal will be for one full year from the existing renewal date.

Revision as of 21:56, 21 December 2009

What is a COE

A certificate of eligibility is a 1 page document that looks like a high school diploma. It is valid for one year and issued by the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms.

Why would I want a COE?

The COE is required if you are a commercial Federal Firearms Licensee. It is an optional nice to have for your employees. If you are a C&R or 03 FFL holder, you can use your C&R license and your COE to avoid the limitation on purchasing more than 1 handgun in 30 days.

 12072 (a)(9)(A)No person shall make an application to purchase more than one pistol, revolver,
 or other firearm capable of being   concealed upon the person within any 30-day period.
 
 (B)Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to any of the following:
 ...
 
 (ix)Any person who is licensed as a collector pursuant to Chapter 44 (commencing with
 Section 921) of Title 18 of the United States Code and the regulations issued pursuant
 thereto and who has a current certificate of eligibility issued to him or her by the
 Department of Justice pursuant to Section 12071.

Additionally, should AB-962 take effect, the C&R and COE should legally exempt you from the ban on interstate handgun mail/internet ordering.

How do I get a COE

After obtaining the form from CA DOJ BoF, you need to locate a Livescan location near you. There they will take digital fingerprints and use those to run a criminal background check. This is the same system required of firefighters, police officers, and school and pre-school teachers. The Livescan operator will charge their own fee that is usually $15 to $35. In addition you will pay a $32 DOJ fingerprint processing fee and a $19 FBI fingerprint processing fee at the time of completing your fingerprints at the operator for an average out the door cost of $71 ($52 FBI/CADOJ, $20 Operator). You will then mail the completed CA DOJ form with the ATI number that the operator gives you and a check for $22 for the form processing cost to the CA DOJ at the address listed in the form. You will usually receive your COE in the mail in about 30 to 45 days and it will be valid for about 350 days when you receive it. About 60 days before it expires you will receive a letter to your address on the COE reminding you to renew for $22. All you have to do to renew is sign the enclosed renewal form and include a check to CA DOJ in the renewal. Your subsequent renewal will be for one full year from the existing renewal date.