Charitable Gaming in California

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Charitable gaming refers to bingos, raffles, and a variety of other games of chance being conducted for charitable purposes. This guide contains information about charitable gaming in California.

California Bingo License

Not required



Charitable Gaming licensure is not required on the State level in California.

Bingo licenses are issued at the county and city level in California.

California Raffle Registration

Game Type:

Raffles

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Organization Age Requirement:

1 year of continuous existence in California.

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Initial Registration

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Form:

Form CT-NRP-1: Nonprofit Raffle Registration

Agency Fee:

$20

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Registration Renewal

Agency:California Attorney General - Registry of Charitable Trusts
Form:

Form CT-NRP-1: Nonprofit Raffle Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by September 1.

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California Registration Certificate

Game Type:

Poker, Baccarat, and other games of chance.

Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Organization Age Requirement:

3 years of continuous existence in California.

Age Restrictions:

Participants must be at least 21 years old.

Notes:

Registration allows charities to host one game night over the course of a year.

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Initial Registration

Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Filing Method:

Online only.

Agency Fee:

$100

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Registration Renewal

Agency:California Office of the Attorney General - Bureau of Gambling Control
Filing Method:

Online only.

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:1/10/18
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