Remote Caller Bingo Information

NOTE: The California Gambling Control Commission (Commission) is not responsible for regulating the play of "traditional" bingo. According to the California Constitution (Article IV, Section 19) and section 326.5 of the California Penal Code, the regulation of bingo is the responsibility of local jurisdictions, such as cities and counties. Generally, regulation at the local level is through city or county municipal codes or ordinances.

In many local jurisdictions, the enforcement and oversight of "traditional" bingo is assigned to the local law enforcement agencies (sheriff's offices and police departments). Any questions or concerns relating to the playing of "traditional" bingo or the operation of bingo halls should be directed to one of those agencies, depending on the location of the particular bingo hall (city or county).


Please be advised that the Commission, on July 25, 2013, approved an extension of all remote caller bingo licenses and work permits and all manufacturer, distributor and vendor licenses through December 31, 2013. The authorization of a nonprofit organization as being eligible to conduct remote caller bingo games does not expire; therefore, extensions are not necessary or applicable to those authorizations issued by the Commission. Those organizations that were authorized by the Commission on or before June 30, 2011, may continue to operate and participate in remote caller bingo games, subject to all applicable laws and regulations.

Under the Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012 (GRP No. 2), the Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control (Bureau) assumed responsibility for receiving and processing applications associated with the Remote Caller Bingo program, effective July 1, 2013. The Commission retained its jurisdiction over: (1) the approval of licenses and work permits, and (2) the authorization of nonprofit organizations to conduct remote caller bingo games.

Questions concerning the extension of licenses and work permits may be directed to the Commission's Licensing Division at (916) 263-0700.

Questions regarding the Bureau's licensing application process or the approval of card-minding devices may be directed to the Bureau at (916) 227-3584.

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