The California Department of Justice has announced stringent sales rules regarding the new California Firearms License Check (CFLC) Program going into effect July 1, 2008.

On that date, all firms intending to ship firearms to an FFL dealer in California must, prior to delivery, obtain a verification approval number from the California Department of Justice (CADOJ) Bureau of Firearms. The verification approval number, which the Bureau of Firearms provides in a Firearms Shipment Approval letter, confirms that the intended recipient of the firearms shipment is properly licensed and listed in the state’s database of persons / entities authorized to receive firearms shipments. If the intended California FFL recipient is not listed in the state’s database, the proposed transaction will result in a “Do Not Ship” letter, making it a crime for the intended recipient to receive the firearms.

In order for a shipper to obtain a Firearms Shipment Approval letter from the CADOJ Bureau of Firearms, the shipper must have the California FFL’s five digit Centralized List number.

As a courtesy to impacted FFLs, the CFLC Internet application process can be accessed through the California Attorney General’s website: under “Latest Additions.” From the CFLC Internet application screen, click on “Enroll in CFLC,” and enter the information as directed.

After submitting the CFLC enrollment information, a CFLC Logon ID and Password will be sent back to the applicant by e-mail. Then, by using the CFLC Logon ID and Password, the company can log on to the CFLC site to obtain Firearms Shipment Approval letters.

It should be noted that the new rules require a separate approval letter for each firearms shipment, even in those instances when a firm may be shipping firearms to the same dealer on a regular basis. Multiple firearms in a single shipment going to one address require only one approval letter. More information may be found by visiting the CADOJ Bureau of Firearms website at:

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