Firearm safety testing in California started in 1994 with the Basic Firearms Safety Certificate (BFSC) to purchase a handgun. And was good for life, and the requirement was waived for military veterans and for those who had a hunting license.
Then October 2001 Senate Bill 52 was passed in to law and replaced the BFSC with Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC). This bill also introduced the safe handling demonstration. The HSC was valid for five years and was required only when purchasing a handgun.
As of January 1, 2015 Pursuant to Senate Bill 683 (Stats 2013, ch. 761), effective January 1, 2015, the existing Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) program was expanded and renamed the Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) program. Under the FSC program, requirements that currently apply to handguns only, will apply to all firearms (handguns and long guns).
There isn't a training program required, only testing. The CA DOJ does offer a study guide in pdf format. And it can be downloaded using this link
California FSC Study Guide (clickable)
When you are ready to take the test you can check this link to see if we have it scheduled
FSC Appointment (clickable)
If you don't see an available appointment, you can also call us at (888) 486-0250 to find out when will the next session will be scheduled.
Cost for the test is 25.00