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Old 06-26-2019, 5:06 PM
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Default NOTE: All COE initial apps and renewals must be done through CFARS starting 7/1/2019

No more paper forms or paper renewals. You must use CFARS to submit a COE application or process a COE renewal.

11 C.C.R. 4033(a)

4033. California Firearms Application Reporting System; Account Requirements.

(a) COE applications shall be filed electronically using the Department’s California Firearms
Application Reporting System (CFARS), at the following website:

(b) Applicants shall create an account to use CFARS. To create a CFARS account, COE
applicants shall agree to the following conditions of use:
  • (1) Non-Liability: the Department is not responsible for, and will have no liability for,
  • any hardware, software, information, or other items or any services provided by any
  • persons other than the Department. Except as may be required by law, in no event shall
  • either party be liable to the other or any third party, under any theory of liability, including,
  • but not limited to, any contract or tort claim for any cause whatsoever, for any indirect,
  • incidental, special, or consequential damages, including loss of revenue or profits, even if
  • aware of the possibility thereof.
  • (2) Authorization: the applicant is authorized to use CFARS for the purpose of reporting
  • firearm information to the Department and/or submitting and managing a Certificate of
  • Eligibility in order to comply with California firearm laws and regulations. If the applicant
  • becomes aware of an unauthorized user obtaining access to the applicant’s CFARS
  • account, the applicant will notify the Bureau of Firearms immediately at (916) 227-7527, or
  • via email at:
  • (3) Fees: notwithstanding such notification, the applicant agrees the Department shall not
  • be liable for transaction charges fraudulently incurred. It will be the applicant’s
  • responsibility to pay any charges. The Department will not provide refunds after the
  • submission of a transaction.
  • (4) True and Accurate Information: all of the information the applicant submits to the
  • Department through CFARS shall be true, accurate, and complete to the best of the
  • applicant’s knowledge.

(c) The following information shall be provided by the applicant to create a CFARS account:
  • (1) Full Name
  • (2) Email Address
  • (3) Three Security Questions and Answers
  • (4) Password
Note: Authority cited: Section 26710, Penal Code. Reference: Sections 12101, 12756, and
12757, Health and Safety Code; Sections 16410, 16800, 26525, 26585, 26700, 26705, 26710,
26915, 26970, 27200, 27535, 27670, 27966, 28450, 29050, 29120, 30312, 30314, 30347, 30370,
and 31700, Penal Code.

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Old 06-27-2019, 5:11 PM
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My COE expires on July 18th. I renewed about three week ago and was glad to find it kept the same renewal date. That is, renewing early didn't establish a new, earlier renewal date. Approval took about 2 days.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:57 PM
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Last time my COE was going to expire, I tried to renew through CFARS. My password had timed out so I went through the steps laid out on CFARS site. I get to the step where the site emails me a link for a temp password to get in and reset a new password. The link they emailed me would not work. I tried on different PC's and same thing. The link would not work. No clicky…

I used the paper form, mailed it in with a $22 check and in about 2 weeks my renewed COE was in my hand...

I guess I will need to try and get my account working as my COE will expire in October...
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