STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
BUREAU OF FIREARMS
Law Enforcement Gun Release Application
Proper Use of the Law Enforcement Release Application
This form is only to be used by the owner of the firearm who is seeking to redeem his/her firearm in the custody or control of a law
enforcement agency or court. It is the responsibility of the court or law enforcement agency with custody or control of the firearm to verify
that the applicant is the lawful owner or possessor of the firearm.
Application Submission Requirements
Individuals seeking the return of a firearm that is in the custody or control of a law enforcement agency or court must submit a complete
application with the appropriate fees to the Department. A firearms eligibility check will be conducted to determine whether the person is
eligible to possess firearms under state and federal law. A notice of results will be sent to the applicant via U.S. Mail. Incomplete
applications will be returned without processing. If reporting more than three firearms, make extra copies of this form to meet your
reporting needs. Once issued, a determination notice is only valid for 30 days. Be advised that any unclaimed firearm may be disposed
of by a law enforcement agency or court 180 days after the owner has been notified that the firearm is available for return.
The following must be submitted with your application and mailed to the Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms - LER, P.O. Box
820200, Sacramento CA 94203-0200:
■ $20 for the first firearm, and $3.00 for each additional firearm (check or money order made payable to the Department of Justice).
■ If the law enforcement agency or court determines the firearm was reported stolen pursuant to Penal Code section 33855,
subdivision (d), the fees for the stolen firearm(s) will be waived. Applicants must provide documentation from the law
enforcement agency or court with this application to qualify for the waiver of fees.
■ A copy of your California driver license or identification card. (Cal. Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4045.1)
■ If your California driver license or identification card has “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” on the front, you shall also submit proof of
lawful presence in the United States, in the form of one of the following documents:
(1) Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
(2) Certified copy of U.S. birth certificate.
(3) Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545), Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) or Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen
of the United States of America (FS-240), issued by the U.S. Department of State.
(4) Valid, unexpired foreign passport with valid U.S. immigrant visa and approved Record of Arrival/Departure (I-94) form.
(5) Certified copy of birth certificate from a U.S. Territory.
(6) Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. Citizenship.
(7) Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card. (Cal. Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4045.1)
■ If your name, as it appears on the “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” California driver license or identification card, differs from the name
on the document(s) above, you shall also submit one of the following certified documents:
(1) An adoption document that contains your legal name as a result of the adoption.
(2) A name change document that contains your legal name both before and, as a result of, the name change.
(3) A marriage certificate.
(4) A dissolution of marriage document that contains your legal name as a result of the court action.
(5) A certificate, declaration or registration document verifying the formation of a domestic partnership.
(6) A dissolution of domestic partnership document that contains your legal name as a result of the court action. (Cal.
Code Reg., tit. 11, § 4045.1)