What is a Firearms Safety Certificate

While California does not require any "purchase permits" when purchasing a firearm, California state law does require all (with certain exemptions) firearms purchasers to have a valid Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC).

At Dumpling Defense, we administer the test to obtain an FSC. For Dumpling Defense to issue an FSC, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age and provide a California Driver's License or DMV ID. The applicant must also score at least 75% (23 correct answers out of 30 questions) on the FSC Test covering firearm safety and basic firearms laws. The test is formatted in both true/false and multiple choice.

After supplying Dumpling Defense with the required ID and successfully passing the test, Dumpling Defense will provide the applicant with the FSC on-site, which can be signed and used immediately to purchase a firearm.

Pro-tip: We recommend that FSC holders make several copies of the FSC before signing the original document. This allows for backups of the FSC if the original is lost.

If requested, we can make the copies and laminate them for you.

How much does the Firearm Safety Certificate cost?

The fee for taking the FSC Test and obtaining an FSC is $25, including a re-take of the test if necessary.

How can I prepare for the Firearm Safety Certificate Test?

The best way to prepare for the FSC Test is to read the FSC Study Guide. The FSC Study Guide is available to view or download from this website http://www.oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/firearms/forms/hscsg.pdf.


If I don't pass the test, can I retake it?

Yes. If you fail the test the first time, you may retake another version of the examination administered by Dumpling Defense after 24 hours have elapsed. We are required to offer or make available to you the FSC Study Guide or refer you to view the webinar.

How long is a Firearm Safety Certificate valid?

An FSC is valid for 5 years from the date of issuance.

If I lose my Firearm Safety Certificate, can I get a replacement?

Yes. A replacement FSC is available only through the DOJ Certified Instructor who issued your FSC. The FSC replacement cost is $5. The replacement FSC will reflect the same expiration date as your original FSC.

FSC Requirement Exemptions

There are several FSC requirement exemptions. In addition to the previous Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) exemptions, a person issued a valid hunting license is exempt from the FSC requirement for long guns. (Pen. Code, § 31700, sub. (c).)

  • Special Weapons Permit Holder

  • Operation of Law Representative

  • Handgun being returned to the owner.

  • FFL collector with COE (curio and relic handguns only)

  • Military - Active Duty

  • Military - Reserve

  • Military - Honorably Retired

  • Peace Officer - California - Active

  • Peace Officer - Federal - Active

  • Peace Officer - California - Honorably Retired

  • Peace Officer - California - Reserve

  • Peace Officer - Federal - Honorably Retired

  • Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permit Holder

  • P.O.S.T. 832 PC (Firearms) Training

  • Particular and Limited Authority Peace Officers

  • Law Enforcement Service Gun to Family Member

  • Valid Hunting License (long guns only)

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