California Department of Justice Requirements
Weapons Rentals and Transfer
provide for the expedient rental of firearms (those items regulated by
the California Department of Justice and B.A.T.F.E.), the State of California
has created a new Entertainment Firearms Permit. This permit will replace
the practice of submitting a background check by fax (Entertainment Background
Clearance Requests). As of 2005 you must have in your possession the new
Entertainment Firearms Permit to rent firearms. FFL holders are exempt,
but please pass this information on.
can obtain an application for an Entertainment Firearms Permit at the California
Department of Justice (DOJ) Firearms Division website, www.ag.ca.gov/firearms,
or by calling the Firearms Division at (916) 263–4887.
Steps You Need to Complete
1. Go to the website listed above.
2. Print a copy of the Entertainment Firearms Permit, Instructions,
and 2 copies of Request for Live Scan Services.
3. Go to www.ag.ca.gov/fingerprints
find a location near you that offers Live Scan fingerprint services, its
hours of operation, and what their fee is. Fees vary by location. Pay close
attention to the method of payment they will accept. Present yourself for
4. The Live Scan operator will charge you for the DOJ fingerprint
processing fee ($32), the FBI fingerprint processing fee ($24) and their
Live Scan fee. (varies). The operator will also provide you with your Applicant
Tracking Identifier (ATI ) number on your copy of the Request for Live
Scan Fingerprint Service.
5. Enter your ATI number on the designated space of your Entertainment
Firearms Permit application form. Submit the completed form with a $48
fee to the Department of Justice, Firearms Division-EFP, P.O. Box 820200,
Sacramento, CA 94203-0200.
details are available on the DOJ website listed above. Expect your EFP
card in two weeks after you apply. Late applicants can expect to wait much
will need an EFP card to rent weapons at any prop house in California.