"OTHER" ASSAULT WEAPON REGISTRATION

Registration will take place between 9:00 a.m. PST on October 1, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 31, 2021.

Penal Code section 30900, as amended, requires any person who, prior to September 1, 2020, lawfully possessed an assault weapon as defined by Penal Code Section 30515 subdivision (a) paragraphs (9), (10), and (11), and is eligible to register an assault weapon as set forth in Penal Code Section 30900, subdivision (c), to submit an application to the DOJ to register the firearm before January 1, 2022. The regulations for Other Assault Weapon Registration that contain additional information regarding registration requirements are now available on the Firearms Regulations/Rulemaking Activities webpage.

Please Note: The “Other” Assault Weapon Registration is NOT affiliated with, or an extension to previous registrations, including the “SB 23” and “Bullet Button” assault weapons registrations. Therefore, registrations submitted for assault weapons that do not meet the definition under Penal Code section 30515, subdivision (a), of paragraphs (9), (10), or (11) will be rejected.

What is considered an “Other” assault weapon?

Pursuant to Penal Code section 30900, subdivision (c), paragraph (1), effective September 1, 2020, an “Other” assault weapon is defined in Penal Code section 30515, subdivision (a), paragraphs (9), (10), or (11), as:

  1. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that does not have a fixed magazine, but that has any one of the following:
    • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
    • A thumbhole stock.
    • A folding or telescoping stock.
    • A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
    • A flash suppressor.
    • A forward pistol grip.
    • A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer.
    • A second handgrip.
    • A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning the bearer’s hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel.
    • The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip.
  2. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
  3. A semiautomatic centerfire firearm that is not a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.

For purposes of this section, “fixed magazine” means an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.

Where can I register my “Other” assault weapon?

Beginning October 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM PST, registration applications may be submitted electronically at https://oawr.doj.ca.gov or by submitting the Other Assault Weapon Registration Form (BOF 1039), available for download from the Forms and Publications webpage. All registration applications, whether submitted electronically or through the mail, must be submitted during the registration period beginning October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Pursuant to Penal Code section 30900, subdivision (c), of paragraph (4), the registration fee is $37.19 for one firearm and an additional $5 for each additional firearm registered in a single transaction.

Please note: Registration applications received or postmarked after December 31, 2021 will not be accepted.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, title 11, section 5488, subdivisions (a) and (c), to submit your application, you will need:

  • 5 photos of the firearm you intend to register (see sample photos)
    • (1)  One photo shall show the firearm from the end of the barrel and/or permanently attached component to the end of the point furthest from the end of the barrel and/or permanently attached component. The photo shall include an extended tape measure with the measurement of the entire firearm in inches clearly legible.
    • (2)  One photo shall show the barrel. The photo shall include an extended tape measure with the measurement of the barrel in inches clearly legible.
    • (3)  If the firearm has a fixed magazine, one photo shall show the magazine release device that is used. If the firearm has a non-fixed magazine, one photo shall show the push button release mechanism.
    • (4)  One photo shall show the left side of the receiver/frame.
    • (5)  One photo shall show the right side of the receiver/frame.
  • Proof of residency for individuals with federal non-compliant California driver license or identification cards. For additional information, please refer to the Additional Documentation Requirements for Eligibility Checks with Federal Non-Compliant California Driver License or Identification Cards.
  • Military permanent duty station orders indicating assignment within California, if using a Military ID to register.

Where can I find additional information about “Other” assault weapons?

Additional information can be found within the “Other” Assault Weapons Frequently Asked Questions.

Additional Bureau of Firearms Links

California Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS)
Frequently Asked Questions
Forms and Publications
Firearms Reporting & Law Enforcement Gun Release Application
Assault Weapons Identification Guide
California Firearms Laws Summary
Firearms Information for New California Residents
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