How do I apply for a Federal explosives license or permit?

You can request an application for a Federal explosives license or permit from the Federal Explosives Licensing Center at 877-283-3352 or from the ATF Distribution Center at 703-870-7526 or 703-870-7528. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an ATF Form 5400.13/5400.16, Application for Explosives License or Permit. You must also submit the names, identifying information, fingerprints, and photographs of all responsible persons. In addition, you must submit the names and identifying information of all employees who are authorized to possess explosive materials in the course of their employment on ATF Form 5400.28, Employee Possessor Questionnaire. [27 CFR 555.45(c)]

Last Reviewed September 28, 2018