ALL LICENSED FIREARMS DEALERS, CHIEFS OF POLICE, SHERIFFS
OFFICES, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
This Information Bulletin is intended to remind dealers of their obligations regarding private party transfers including the 10-day waiting period and the fees that firearms dealers are permitted by law to charge when conducting these transfers. Firearms dealers are required to conduct private party transfers pursuant to Penal Code section 12071(b)(5). Dealers may not limit the days or hours in which private party transfers are conducted.
The allowable fees are limited by statute. Pursuant to Penal Code section 12082, the fees
that can be charged are as follows:
1. The private party purchaser or transferee, or person being loaned the firearm may
be required by the firearms dealer to pay a fee not to exceed $10.00 per firearm,
and the applicable Dealer’s Record of Sale (DROS) fee that the DOJ may charge
pursuant to Penal Code section 12076. The DROS fee is currently $14.00 and the
Safety fee is currently $1.00, a total of $15.00.
2. Subsequent to the end of the 10-day waiting period or one business day following
the notification of the purchaser that his/her DROS has been released from a DOJ
required “hold”, the dealer may charge a storage fee. However, such fees must be
clearly posted and may not be misrepresented as any governmental fee.
3.Private party transfers of multiple handguns at the same time are handled as
• A separate DROS must be completed for each handgun.
• The DROS/Safety fee for the first handgun is a total of $15.00.
• The DROS/Safety fee for each additional handgun is $11.00.
• The dealer may charge the buyer or transferee, or person being loaned the
firearm a fee not to exceed $10.00 per firearm, for the processing of the
private party transfer.
4. A single DROS shall be completed for any number of long gun transfers that are
processed at the same time. The DROS/Safety fee for the transaction is a total of
$15.00 and the dealer may charge the purchaser or transferee, or person being
loaned the firearm a fee not to exceed $10.00 per firearm, for the processing of the
private party transfer.
5. In a private party transfer involving a combination of handguns and long guns, a
separate DROS will be required for each handgun and a single DROS will be
required for any number of long guns. The DROS/Safety fees will be $15.00 for
the first handgun DROS and $15.00 for the long gun DROS. There is no discount
for the processing of a combination of handgun and long gun DROS.
Fees other than the DROS/Safety fee charged by the firearms dealer for sales from their
own inventory or consignment sales are not addressed in the law. However, any additional fees charged by the dealer must be clearly posted and the dealer shall not misstate the amount of fees charged by a governmental agency.
Firearms dealers that violate these laws may be subject to civil or criminal penalties and/or
required to pay restitution to parties that have been overcharged.
If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please visit the Firearms
Division web site at http://caag.state.ca.us/firearms/
or call the Firearms Division at (916) 227 3703.
RANDY ROSSI, Director
Note: Shafter Shootin Irons & Such will charge an additional $10.00 per firearm to provide a CADOJ required Firearm Safety Device (Locking Device) if needed.