Frequently Asked Questions

Background Check

If I have a felony from another state, will it show up during the California background check?

When determining whether to issue a firearms permit, the BSIS will review all criminal records that are available including those from other states. They also have the ability to see those records that are expunged.

What does the BSIS look for in my background check? +

The BSIS conducts a full background check through the FBI and the department of justice. They check for any charges and/or incidents related to theft or violence. If you have any offenses, they will be thoroughly researched and then BSIS will determine whether or not you will be issued your permits.

How do I find out if I will be denied guard card because of my criminal background? +

The BSIS will not give a straight forward answer over the phone when it comes to asking whether or not you will be approved. They require you to apply in order to find out because each application is handled on a case by case basis.

How far back does BSIS go when they look into my background? +

The BSIS has full access into your entire criminal history. They can go back as far as they feel necessary in order to make their decision on the application.

What do I do if I get denied my permit? +

If denied for a permit, you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision in writing within 30 days of the denial notice. If you are still denied, you will be able to appeal the decision in person after you request an appeal hearing.

Will unpaid traffic tickets keep me from getting my guard card? +

Unpaid traffic tickets can have an effect on whether or not your guard card is issued. Valley Guard recommends that you enter into an agreement for repayment for your tickets before applying for the guard card.

If I’m behind on my child-support payments can I still get my guard card? +

Unpaid child-support can have an effect on you being issued a guard card. If you are denied for this reason, you must setup an arrangement with the courts and have them release the hold keeping you from obtaining the permit.

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