Certificate of Eligibility
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 one?
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 one
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.