Purchasing Ammo in CA


Please Note:  The DOJ is still working out how to implement all the regulations from Prop. 63, the information below is what has been determined to date and some of the details may change.  As new information is available we will keep you updated.  This information is effective by the dates provided in 2019.

An excellent resource currently is from the website of: laxammoc.com.  This is where we found the following information, they have further details on their website and so does the DOJ website.

  1.  What are the current ammunitions sales restrictions in California? All ammunition sales at stores and gun shows must be conducted in a face-to-face transaction by an FFL or licensed Ammunition vendor. Ammunition must be kept out of reach of the consumer and can only be accessed with the assistance of the vendor. There are no limits on the type of ammo or how much you can purchase, however, you will have to pay a $1 fee for each transaction (not the quantity)…so, if you buy ammo on Saturday, come back on Sunday and buy more, you will have to pay a fee of $1 again. This fee is for imposed as a result of you, through the vendor having to under go a background check.
  2. What is this background check and how long will it take? The background check, called an “eligibility check or mini background check,” is done by the vendor at the point-of-sale to the DOJ. The document you fill out will ask for your name, current address, date of birth, CA driver’s license number/expiration or any other form of government ID you have with the DOJ’s Automated Firearms System (AFS), this information is then crossed referenced against the DROS you filled out when you purchased  and registered your firearm.  It will also check to see if you have anything on record that would prevent you from purchasing ammo (this is the same data used for DROS) and could include things like a felony. This check takes about 60-90 seconds. If your information matches with the AFS system, then the vendor can sell you the ammo immediately.  If it does not match, then you can apply for a “one-time” eligibility check at the cost of $19.  This check will take  10 days to be completed.
  3. How do I know if my information on file with the DOJ is current and correct? You will need to contact the DOJ (prior to your first ammo purchase) to confirm your information is updated and correct.Contact Information: For questions about this notice or access to your records, you may contact the Staff Services Analyst in the Customer Support Center at (916) 227- 7527, via email at firearms.bureau@doj.ca.gov, or by mail at P.O. Box 820200 Sacramento, CA 94203-0200.

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