AMMO Cost – Basic and Standard Check

What is the difference between a Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check and a Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check (single ammunition transaction)?

What will your FFL Dealer Santa Clara charge you?

The Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check will cross-reference the ammunition purchaser’s name, date of birth, current address, and driver license or other government identification number with the information maintained in the Automated Firearm System (AFS.) If the purchaser’s information does not match an AFS entry, the transaction shall be denied. If the purchaser’s information matches an AFS entry, the department shall determine if the purchaser falls within a class of persons who are prohibited from owning or possessing ammunition by cross-referencing with the Prohibited Armed Persons File (also know as the Armed and Prohibited Persons System). If the purchaser is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm, the transaction shall be denied. Determinations for this type of eligibility check can be completed in approximately 2 minutes. If it is determined you are eligible, you can complete the purchase of ammunition shortly after the determination is received by the California Ammunition Vendor. The fee is $1.

The Automated Firearms System is a repository of firearm records maintained by the Department, as established by Penal Code section 11106. The Automated Firearms System is populated by way of firearm purchases or transfers at a California licensed firearm dealer, registration of assault weapons (during specified registration periods), an individual’s report of firearm ownership to the Department, Carry Concealed Weapons Permit records, or records entered by law enforcement agencies.

The Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check (single ammunition transaction) requires the Department to conduct a comprehensive review of it’s records to determine the person’s eligibility to own or possess ammunition. This eligibility check is similar to a firearms eligibility check and may take days to determine eligibility. For this type of eligibility check, the California Ammunition Vendor will have to provide you with an Ammunition Transaction Number so that you can monitor the status of the eligibility check through the Department’s California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS). Once CFARS indicates your eligibility check has been approved, you can go back to the California Ammunition Vendor that submitted your eligibility check and complete your ammunition purchase. The fee is $19.

Your FFL Dealer Santa Clara  does not determine the charges requirement by the State.  
(Pen. Code § 30370, Cal. Code of Reg. tit. 11, §§ 4302, 4303.)

What is my eligibility to purchase ammunition based on?

Eligibility to purchase ammunition is based on one of the following criteria:

  • The person has a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Department. (Cal. Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4305.)
  • The person’s information matches an entry in the Automated Firearms System (name, date of birth, current address, and driver license or other government identification) and does not fall within a class of persons who are prohibited from owning or possessing ammunition. The Department shall make this determination by cross-referencing the Prohibited Armed Persons file (also known as the Armed and Prohibited Persons System). (Cal. Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4302.)
  • The person is not prohibited from purchasing or possessing ammunition. The Department determines eligibility based on a comprehensive review of its records (similar to a firearm eligibility check).
  • The person was approved by the Department to receive a firearm from the California Ammunition Vendor, pursuant to Penal Code section 28220, if that California Ammunition Vendor is a licensed California Firearm Dealer, and the ammunition is delivered to the person in the same transaction as the firearm. In this scenario, the dealer will use the approved firearm eligibility check as the approval to purchase ammunition, and will submit the ammunition purchase to the Department during the delivery of the firearm.
 
You can always search for FFL dealer Santa Clara and ask them yourself.

No person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm shall own, possess, or have under his or her custody or control, any ammunition or reloaded ammunition. (Pen. Code §, 30305.)

Can a person purchase ammunition multiple times using one approved Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check?

No. The Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check approval can only be used to purchase ammunition in one transaction. Once the Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check has been used, it is no longer valid. (Cal. Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4303 (d)(1).)

I went through a Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check, was approved, and purchased ammunition. Since the Department has record of my ammunition purchase, does that mean I now meet the requirements to undergo the Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check ($1 eligibility check) to purchase ammunition?

No. The purchase of ammunition does not establish the necessary record in the Automated Firearms System (AFS). The AFS is a repository of firearm records maintained by the Department, as established by Penal Code section 11106. The AFS is populated by way of firearm purchases or transfers at a California Firearm Dealer, registration of assault weapons (during specified registration periods), a person’s report of firearm ownership to the Department, Carry Concealed Weapons Permit records, or records entered by law enforcement agencies.

Until you establish a record in the AFS, you will not meet the requirements of a Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check and will have to continue to undergo the Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check.

FFL Dealer Santa Clara should be an additional help should you have any more questions. 

How does a person transition from a Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check to Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check, in order to not have to pay the $19 fee every time?

A person does not “transition” from one type of eligibility check to another; authorization is granted pursuant to the requirements of Penal Code section 30370 as implemented by California Code of Regulations, title 11, sections 4302 and 4303. If a person’s information does not match an entry in the Automated Firearms System, and the person does not hold a current Certificate of Eligibility, the person may only be eligible for a Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check. If a person’s personal information matches an entry in the AFS, the person is eligible for both a Basic Ammunition Eligibility Check and a Standard Ammunition Eligibility Check.

I want to purchase a firearm and ammunition at the same time. Do I have to pay for two separate eligibility checks: one for ammunition and one for the firearm?

No. The California Ammunition Vendor/FFL Dealer Santa Clara will submit your firearm eligibility check to the Department. If your firearm eligibility check is approved, when you go to pick up your firearm on (or after) the 10th day, the dealer will have the ability to add an ammunition transaction to the delivery of the firearm. An additional fee will not be assessed. (Pen. Code, § 30352, subd. (c)(2).)