You Will Need
- FFL application packet
- ATF Form 7
- Certificate of Compliance
- Fingerprint ID cards
- Special Tax Registration and Return form
- ATF field office
Go to the ATF website
Go to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms -- or ATF -- website and read the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide.
Know firearms licensee requirements
Know firearms licensee requirements. Firearms dealers must be at least 21 years old, have premises for conducting business, and must be compliant with state and local laws where the premises is located.
Order an FFL application packet
Order a federal firearms license, or FFL, packet from the ATF's Distribution Center Order Form page or by calling the Distribution Center.
Assemble all packet materials
Assemble all packet materials: ATF Form 7, Certificate of Compliance, two fingerprint ID cards, two photos for each responsible party, and the application fee.
Send the completed application packet
Send the completed application packet to the Federal Firearms Licensing Center. An ATF field officer will then conduct an in-person interview.
Send the special occupation tax fee
Send the special occupation tax fee with the Special Tax Registration and Return form to the ATF. You'll then be issued a tax stamp, which is an annual tax.
Contact your ATF field office
Contact your ATF field office. Ask about specific state firearms licensing laws. California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Indiana have their own licensing systems.