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ATF F 5310.12 (Form 7) Instructions

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Important Notice to Applicants for Federal Firearms License (FFL)
  • To receive a license as a dealer (including pawnbrokers & gunsmiths), importer, or manufacturer of firearms, you must intend to engage in a firearms business.

  • You can expect to be contacted by an ATF officer during the application process.

  • You will be required to prepare and keep detailed records of all firearms transactions.

  • Your records and premises will be subject to inspection by ATF officers.

  • ATF notifies State and local authorities regarding applicants for Federal firearms licenses.

  • State laws or local ordinances may require additional licenses or permits for firearms licenses.

  • Other State or local requirements, such as cash bonds, liability insurance, zoning restrictions, collection of sales taxes, etc., may also apply to your proposed firearms business. You should contact your State and local authorities for specific information on their requirements.

  • Firearms licensees should contact the Internal Revenue Service for information regarding business operations and Federal income taxes.

  • When requested by ATF, licensees are required to furnish information regarding firearms traces.

Manufacturer Applicants

In accordance with 33 U.S.C. §1341, ATF forms 5000.29 and 5000.30 are required only for those licensees whose activity may result in a discharge into navigable waters. The determination of whether the forms are required is the responsibility of the applicant, but may be verified by ATF during the qualification or compliance inspection or other times. Not all applicants will need to submit the forms. Generally, the forms will be required for manufacturers and only if the activity may result in a discharge into navigable waters. If applicable, the forms will be collected by field office personnel during the inspection. The applicant may face consequences for non-compliance. Once an applicant has provided these forms to ATF, they must maintain current and valid forms with the ATF or risk revocation under 18 U.S.C. §923(e).

All Applicants

The applicant only needs to submit copy 1 along with supporting documents to the address listed below. Copies 2 and 4 may be retained for the applicant’s record. Copy 3 must be submitted to the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) of the locality in which the premises sought to be licensed is located. Copy 1 should be mailed with payment, photograph(s), 1 fingerprint card and a signed Certification of Compliance (ATF F 5330.20) for each Responsible Person listed on the application to:

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
PO Box 409567
Atlanta, Georgia
30384-9567 USA


Sample Fingerprint Card and Instructions
Sample fingerprint card (FD-258)
  • Full Name (last, first, middle)
  • Signature of Person Fingerprinted
  • Residence of Person Fingerprinted (complete address, city, state, ZIP code)
  • Aliases (AKA and/or maiden names)
  • Date of Birth (DOB) - MM/DD/YYYY
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Sex
    • Female – “F”
    • Male – “M”
  • Race
    • American Indian – “I”
    • Hispanic / Latino – “H”
    • Black or African American – “B”
    • Asian – “A”
    • Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander – “P"
    • White / Caucasian – “W”
    • Unknown – “U”
  • Height (3 characters: example – Five foot Four inches is 504)
  • Weight (3 characters – weight must be expressed in pounds)
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color
  • Place of Birth (POB): State (US citizen) or Country
  • Social Security Number
  • Miscellaneous Number (non-US citizen – please enter alien registration number or I-94 number)
  • Date Fingerprints Were Taken - MM/DD/YYYY
  • Signature of Official Taking Fingerprints
  • Applicant’s Employer and Address of Employer
  • Reason Fingerprinted
    • Firearms License – “Firearms Background Check FFLC”
    • Fingerprint Impressions (Complete and Legible)

    Mailing Address

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    PO Box 409567
    Atlanta, Georgia
    30384-9567 USA

    ATF F 5310.12 (Form 7) — Application for License (FFL)

    Below you will find links to all the required documents that are necessary to ensure a complete application. Applicants may print forms on standard white paper. In addition to the below documents, applications must be accompanied by two 2″x2″ photos of each Responsible Person (RP) on the license, one FD–258 (Fingerprint Card), and a signed Certification of Compliance (ATF F 5330.20) for each RP on the license.