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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE UPDATE REGARDING THE USE OF “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” DRIVER LICENSES AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS TO PERFORM ELIGIBILITY CHECKS

Eligibility checks” refers to applications or reports for which an applicant is required to submit a driver license or identification card, or the number from a driver license or identification card, so that the Department of Justice may determine the applicant’s eligibility to possess a firearm or ammunition under state or federal law.

Eligibility checks are required upon submission of the following DES transactions:

  1. Applications to purchase a firearm
  2. Applications to purchase ammunition

For all eligibility checks, a copy of the applicant’s driver license or identification card shall besubmitted.

If the applicant presents a California driver license or identification card with the notation “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” on the front, the applicant shall also submit a copy of a document that proves their 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) orConsular 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 ofArrival/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

For all eligibility checks, if the applicant’s California driver license or identification card has the notation “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” on the front and the applicant’s name as it appears on the driver license or identification card differs from the name on the document supplied, the applicant shall also submit a copy of one of the following certified documents:

  1. An adoption document that contains the legal name of the applicant as a result of the adoption.
  2. A name change document that contains the applicant’s legal name both before and, as a result of, the name change.
  3. A marriage certificate.
  4. A dissolution of marriage document that contains the legal name of the applicant as aresult 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 the legal name of the applicant as a result of the court action.