"Firearm Bill of Sale" - California

What Is a California Firearm Bill of Sale?

A California Firearm Bill of Sale is a document used to record the transfer of different kinds of a firearm from one party (the seller) to another (the buyer). Properly completed and signed form is considered a legally binding agreement that proves the fact of sale. This document is useful for both the seller and the buyer as it can protect them against fraudulent claims or accusations in the future. The Bill of Sale can serve as legal proof even in the court of law, if necessary. It releases the seller from the responsibility for the transferred firearm and gives the buyer legal proof of ownership.

The state does not provide any government-issued California Firearm Bill of Sale form. The document of any format is considered valid if it follows state requirements. If you need a Bill of Sale for a gun, download and fill out a California-specific template provided below. You can also create your personal Firearm Bill of Sale using our customizable online template.

Does a Gun Bill of Sale Need to Be Notarized in California?

The form does not require notarization. If you want to add an extra layer of security to your deal, you can add a block for a notary public certification to your Bill of Sale.

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California Firearm Bill of Sale Requirements

California firearm laws do not require you to complete any Bill of Sale when transferring your gun. However, remember that even private party sales must be completed through a licensed California dealer. The whole process includes verification if the buyer is eligible to buy firearms in California and 10 days of a waiting period.

For the California Firearm Bill of Sale to be accepted as legal proof of purchase and sale, as evidence of payment, and as a sale receipt by any government entity, it should contain the following information:

  1. Seller's Identification Information. Specify the full name, address (including city, state, and ZIP-code), and driver's license number of the seller. If the deal includes more than one seller, provide information for each one;
  2. Buyer's Identification Information. Provide the same information about the buyer or buyers;
  3. Firearm Description. Enter the information that allows identifying the firearm to be transferred. This section should contain the make, model, caliber, and serial number. If the firearm has any peculiarities or defects, list them in this section as well;
  4. Transfer Details. Indicate all relevant transfer details. At a minimum, you must enter the sales price and the date of transfer. This section can also contain the form of payment, specification if sales tax is included in the price, and other details you consider important. If your deal includes some special conditions, describe them on the Bill of Sale as well;
  5. Warranty. Include a part specifying if the item is sold "as-is" or if the seller provides any warranty;
  6. Signatures. Both the seller and the buyer should sign the form.

The document must be prepared in two original copies for each party.


Check out these related forms and templates:

  1. California Generic Bill of Sale;
  2. Boat Bills of Sale that are used within the state of California;
  3. Form REG-135, Vehicle/Boat Bill of Sale.
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California Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of California ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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California Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of California ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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Buyer’s Disclosure
By signing below, the Buyer declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Are not under the Federally-set legal age to own a firearm;
● Have never been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year;
● Are not a fugitive from justice;
● Are not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
● Have never been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a
mental institution;
● Are not an illegal or unlawful alien in the United States or an alien admitted to
the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;
● Have not been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable
conditions;
● Having been a citizen of the United States, have never renounced their
citizenship;
● Are not subject to a court order that restrains them from harassing, stalking, or
threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner;
● Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; Can
lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm;
● Are no under indictment or information for a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Seller's Disclosure
By signing below, the Seller declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Have verified that the firearm details are correct and the serial number is
legible;
● Are the lawful owner of the firearm and have the legal right to sell the firearm;
● Have no knowledge of any defects in the firearm;
● Believe the firearm is fit to be used for its intended purpose;
● Believe the firearm has never been used in a manner of questionable or certain
illegality;
● Assumes no responsibility after the transfer of ownership has taken place.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Signature Area
The Buyer and Seller agree to the above described terms and conditions for the
sale/trade/exchange of the firearm on ________________, _____. The firearm is to be
sold "as-is" with no warranties made by the Seller unless otherwise stated in this Bill
of Sale.
Buyer's Signature​ ______________________________
Buyer's Name __________________________________
Seller's Signature ​ _ _____________________________
Seller's Name __________________________________
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