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aquaelvis
09-25-2010, 5:50 AM
I saw on the State's web site that you have to buy a card reader direct. Is this the only way to get them, best deal? Are they ever available used?

From the State-
To obtain a magnetic card swipe reader, contact the manufacturer... You must inform the manufacturer that you intend to use the device with the California DOJ DROS Entry System. The cost for the device is $95.00 plus tax, shipping, and handling.

OCArmory
09-25-2010, 9:10 AM
I have never seen them used. The state says they are the only ones that work but I am going to try and aftermarket one for my backup and see if it does the same thing.
Mike

foxtrotuniformlima
09-25-2010, 10:27 AM
It probably has the correct driver for the DOJ software.

What is the mfg ?

Capt. Speirs
09-25-2010, 11:07 AM
It probably has the correct driver for the DOJ software.

What is the mfg ?

What driver, plug-n-play.

aquaelvis
09-25-2010, 7:53 PM
The manufacturer is NewBold

Mike's Custom
09-25-2010, 8:09 PM
From what I have found is they are all about the same price, around $100 plus shipping. I have had to replace a couple since we started using them and once for the new USB reader. The new ones are digital not analog.

TripleT
09-26-2010, 6:38 AM
The make and model is listed somewhere. I bought mine used on fleabay for 30.00. It has worked great for almost three years now. (Knocking on wood)

tenpercentfirearms
09-26-2010, 9:27 AM
It doesn't matter. A card reader is a card reader.

ParallaxTactical.com
09-26-2010, 8:37 PM
Any three track reader should work. Do not buy a 2-track, it won't read CA DLs.

http://www.provantage.com/magtek-21040108~4MAGT00C.htm

This is what we use.

smoknc6z06
09-27-2010, 8:11 PM
Any three track reader should work. Do not buy a 2-track, it won't read CA DLs.

http://www.provantage.com/magtek-21040108~4MAGT00C.htm

This is what we use.

That's the exact one we just got from the same company. Works great and only $46 dollars.

aquaelvis
09-28-2010, 7:46 PM
Thanks for the replies guys! I think I'll try that provantage one, at half the price of the one the state wants me to buy!

halifax
07-16-2011, 10:20 AM
I know, I know...necropost, but is anyone using a POS keyboard and reader in one (trackball too, maybe)?

If so, please post make and model.

Santa Cruz Armory
07-16-2011, 10:26 AM
I know, I know...necropost, but is anyone using a POS keyboard and reader in one (trackball too, maybe)?

If so, please post make and model.


I was wondering the same thing...

EBR Works
07-16-2011, 10:59 AM
Just to be clear, for the DROS software you need a reader that does keyboard emulation so when you open an app like wordpad or the DROS interface and swipe a Cali DL, it essentially types the information from the strip into the application.

You'll need a separate reader for credit cards.

Santa Cruz Armory
07-16-2011, 11:04 AM
For me this would just be for the DROS software. I was just curious if a keyboard with card reader was available for this.

halifax
07-16-2011, 11:50 AM
Just to be clear, for the DROS software you need a reader that does keyboard emulation so when you open an app like wordpad or the DROS interface and swipe a Cali DL, it essentially types the information from the strip into the application.

You'll need a separate reader for credit cards.

Yes please for DROS software

rbetts
07-19-2011, 10:26 PM
I aftermarketed my reader and saved a ton. These are a dime a dozen now adays!

TripleT
07-22-2011, 9:21 AM
Actually, you also need to swipe in notepad to have the info at the top of the sheet you copy the CDL or CID on or that was how I was told to do it but if it works with the DROS app I would assume it would work with notepad or whatever to add the info to the top of the copy.

halifax
07-22-2011, 12:07 PM
Actually, you also need to swipe in notepad to have the info at the top of the sheet you copy the CDL or CID on or that was how I was told to do it but if it works with the DROS app I would assume it would work with notepad or whatever to add the info to the top of the copy.

Really? I only swipe into wordpad if I'm using a DROS worksheet because the internet is not available. Are you saying the DOJ wants you to scan into wordpad even if your doing an online DROS?

Never done that and never been dinged for not.

TripleT
07-22-2011, 12:17 PM
Either way, if you don't have the online then you should do the swipe on the copy of the ID. I am not familiar enough with the readers to say there is one that works with DROS app but not wordpad or notepad, just saying you need that compatibility. Although I have plenty of DROS with no swipe at all due to damaged mag stripe.

EBR Works
07-22-2011, 12:18 PM
They want you to swipe the DL strip into Wordpad and print it out OR make a copy of the DL. Either is acceptable.

The card reader that works with DROS software also works with Wordpad. It does what is referred to as Keyboard Emulation.

ironcross
07-22-2011, 1:23 PM
My FFL had something like this

http://di1-4.shoppingshadow.com/images/pi/41/b4/c4/83843511-260x260-0-0_ID+Tech+Minimag+Magnetic+Stripe+Card+Reader+USB. jpg

Just swiped my CDL and bam all the info was filled out on the computer DROS.

kemasa
07-22-2011, 1:30 PM
They want you to swipe the DL strip into Wordpad and print it out OR make a copy of the DL. Either is acceptable.
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This is not quite correct. You have to try to swipe the card, either in the DROS entry system or into a file if you don't have an Internet connection at the time the DROS is filled out (either online or the paper worksheet). If it does not read, then and only then are you required to make a copy of it. Either is NOT acceptable in the sense that you have to try to swipe the card, you can not skip the step of trying to swipe the card.

Santa Cruz Armory
08-18-2011, 3:58 PM
I ended up going with this one:

1,2 & 3 track card reader (http:/http://www.linkdelight.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1637&manufacturer_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26/)

kemasa
08-19-2011, 12:12 PM
The link does not work. It appears that there is additional information at the start of it. I can't copy it because of how it would be processed.

The link, with the http and www removed, is:

xxxx://zzz.calguns.net/xxxx://zzz.linkdelight.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1637&manufacturer_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26/

I think that this is the link that you wanted to post:

http://www.linkdelight.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1637&manufacturer_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26/

eddysguns
08-26-2011, 1:57 AM
The problem with DOJ is that they are not tech saavy people. They give you two options and say you have to buy it from one of two suppliers. Thats all bull$****.

I am currently in need of a card reader and from what I gather, it needs to be an "emulator" type and "three track" as opposed to the other types that require drivers to interpret the data or are only one or two track.....

It seems one should not have to spend more than $50 to get an appropriate reader.

mcgill
08-26-2011, 10:03 PM
I just bought one reader MagTek 21040108 from Techforless.com.

http://www.techforless.com

I have no affiliation with this company and had never bought from them before.

It was an open item box and works fine.

The "8" stands for black. A "7" would be white.

I would never pay more than $50.00 delivered for an item like this.

It has to be 3-track to read CA DL.

I agree about the difficulty finding the supplies and the information.

Well that is why I use CalGuns to research all my FFL needs; after I read the limted ATF and CA DOJ and BOE information.

LG FIREARMS
08-27-2011, 12:29 AM
Well that is why I use CalGuns to research all my FFL needs; after I read the limted ATF and CA DOJ and BOE information.

+1

It's usually more helpful anyways!!!