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REMOTE CALLER BINGO

Pursuant to California Penal Code section 326.3, the Department of Justice has the responsibility of processing applications associated with the Remote Caller Bingo program. This statute also defines remote caller bingo, in part, as “a game of bingo in which the numbers or symbols on randomly drawn plastic balls are announced by a live person present at the site at which the live game is conducted, and the organization conducting the game uses audio and video technology to link any of its in-state facilities for the purpose of transmitting the remote calling of a live bingo game from a single location to multiple locations owned, leased, or rented by that organization”. As such, the Bureau of Gambling Control is required to process applications from certain individuals, manufacturers, distributors, vendors, and charitable organizations. The Bureau will receive and process applications from interested applicants, while the California Gambling Control Commission has the authority to issue licenses and approvals associated with the program. For more information about the remote caller bingo program, please access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

INDUSTRY CORRESPONDENCE

October 31, 2013 letter

FORMS

BGC-610 (Rev. 04/13) Application for Interim License for Manufacturers, Distributors, and Vendors of Bingo Equipment, Devices, Supplies and Services BGC-618 (Rev. 04/13) Statement of Eligibility to Conduct Remote Caller Bingo BGC-620 (Rev. 04/13) Application for Interim License for Remote Caller Bingo BGC-622 (Rev. 04/13) Application for Interim Work Permit for Remote Caller Bingo forms

LOCAL ORDINANCES FOR REMOTE CALLER BINGO

The Department of Justice is required by California Penal Code section 326.3(j)(4)(H) to post ordinances that have been approved by local agencies, authorizing the play of remote caller bingo games in their respective jurisdiction.

City of Atascadero, pdf

City of Calexico, pdf

City of Chula Vista, pdf

City of ClearLake, pdf

City of Corona, pdf

City of Indio, pdf

City of Lake Elsinore, pdf

City of Los Angeles, pdf

City of Montebello, pdf

City of Ontario, pdf

City of Pomona, pdf

City of Rancho Cucamonga, pdf

City of Rancho Mirage, pdf

City of San Bernardino, pdf

City of San Clemente, pdf

City of Yucaipa, pdf

FAQ

What is a remote caller bingo game?

A remote caller bingo game means a game of bingo in which the numbers or symbols on randomly drawn plastic balls are announced by a natural person present at the site at which the live game is conducted. The organization conducting the bingo game uses audio and video technology to link any of its in-state facilities for the purpose of transmitting the remote calling of a live bingo game from a single location to multiple locations. The locations must be owned, leased, or rented by the organization, or the use of which has been donated to the organization. (Penal code section 326.3 subd.(u)(1))

What steps should organizations take prior to offering remote caller bingo games?

Charitable organizations should first obtain a license from their respective local governing authority and receive authorization from the State. (Penal code section 326.3 subd.(b)(3))

How does a Charitable Organization obtain authorization from the State?

  • Submit a Statement of Eligibility to Conduct Remote Caller Bingo, BGC-618 (New 04/13) to the Bureau of Gambling Control (Bureau), along with the following information:
    1. Founding documents (i.e. Articles of incorporation, bylaws, constitution, articles of association, trust instrument or will and decree of final distribution, etc.)
    2. Copy of Certificate of Determination of Exemption from the Franchise Tax Board
    3. Organization chart or a listing of the names and titles of trustees, directors, and officers
  • In addition to the Statement of Eligibility form, organizations are to submit to the Bureau of Gambling Control the controls, methodology, and standards of game play, for the remote caller bingo game (Penal Code section 326.3 subd.(u)(4). Although this information is required to be submitted prior to an organization conducting remote caller bingo, organizations are strongly encouraged to submit this documentation at the time of application.
  • Once a completed package is received, the Bureau will verify the information submitted and make a recommendation regarding the organization's eligibility to the California Gambling Control Commission (Commission). (Penal Code section 362.3 subd.(j)(4))
  • The organization will be considered by the Commission, at a regularly scheduled public meeting, for authorization to conduct remote caller bingo.

What does a Charitable Organization need to do once they have been authorized by the State?

  • Upon authorization, an organization must submit to the Bureau a 30-Day Notice of Intent to conduct remote caller bingo games. (penal Code section 326.3 subd.(j)(4))
  • Organizations can also begin submitting license and work permit applications to the Bureau.

City or County Approval

If a city or county wishes to authorize remote caller bingo games in its jurisdiction, what must the local ordinance include?

The local ordinance must require remote caller bingo games to be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Penal Code Section 326.3 including the following requirements:

  1. The game may be conducted only by the following organizations:
    1. An organization that is exempted from the payment of the bank and corporation tax by Section 23701a, 23701b, 23701d, 23701e, 23701f, 23701g, 23701k, 23701w, 23701f, 23701l of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
    2. A mobile home park association.
    3. A senior citizens organization.
    4. Charitable organizations affiliated with a school district.
  2. The organization conducting the game shall have been incorporated or in existence for three years or more.
  3. The organization conducting the game shall be licensed pursuant to subdivision (I) of Section 326.5
  4. The receipts of the game shall be used only for charitable purposes. The organization conducting the game shall determine the disbursement of the net receipts of the game.
  5. The operation of bingo may not be the primary purpose for which the organization is organized.

See Penal Code section 326.3 (c)(1) for a sample ordinance.

Remote Caller Bingo Licenses and Permits - Individuals

Who is required to be issued licenses and permits in order to participate in the operation of remote caller bingo games?

Individuals who will perform duties in the capacity of a fiduciary or caller are required to have a valid interim license. Any administrative, managerial, technical, financial, and security personnel must obtain valid interim work permits. (Penal Code section 326.3 subd.(q)(1)(A), (r) and (u)(2))

How do I become licensed in order to conduct remote caller bingo?

An Application for Interim License for Remote Caller Bingo, BGC-620 (New 04/13) must be submitted to the Bureau for individuals with the following responsibilities for remote caller bingo games:

  • Fiduciary
  • Caller

An Application for Interim Work Permit for Remote Caller Bingo, BGC-622 (New 04/13) must be submitted to the Bureau for anyone employed by the organization that is responsible for the performance of duties in any of the following categories:

  • Administrative
  • Managerial
  • Technical
  • Financial
  • Security

The Bureau will conduct a criminal history review of all Interim License and Work Permit applicants and submit its findings to the Commission for a final determination.

Remote Caller Bingo Licenses - Business

Application for Interim License for Bingo Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors.

An Application for Interim License for Bingo Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors, BGC-610 (New 04/13) must be submitted for owners with a 10 percent or greater ownership interest in a business that manufactures or distributes card-minding devices or other bingo supplies, equipment, or services used in the playing of remote caller bingo. (Penal code section 326.3 subd.(q)(1)(B))

The Bureau will verify the licensing information, and conduct a criminal history review, of all applicants associated with the vendor, and submit its findings to the Commission for a final determination.

Contact Information

Where do I send my application and fee(s)?

All Remote Caller Bingo applications and fees should be submitted to the Bureau at the following address:

  • California Department of Justice
  • Bureau of Gambling Control
  • P.O. Box 168024
  • Sacramento, CA 95816-8024

If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

Additional questions may be sent to the Bureau at the above address, or you may call the Bureau at (916) 227-3584.

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