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Welcome to ATF's eForms

ATF's eForms allows individuals and members of the firearms industry to file certain forms electronically rather than via paper applications.  The electronic filing is designed to be more efficient and accurate and will allow ATF to process the submissions more efficiently.  The forms that can be filed relate to the importation of firearms, ammunition and implements of war; transactions with National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms; and the annual firearms manufacturing report.


eForms Currently Available

  • ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 6A, 9, 10 and 5300.11 are available for eForms submission.

Note:  NFA eForm 4 is not in service at the present time.


Imports eForms

  • Form 6, Application and Permit for Importation

    • Filed to request permission to import a firearm, ammunition or implement of war.

  • Form 6A, Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War

    • Filed by a Federally licensed importer subsequent to an approved Form 6 permit and presentation to CBP for the release and verification of the release of the items from Customs custody.


NFA eForms:

  • Form 1, Application to Make and Register a Firearm

    • Filed to request permission to make and register a National Firearms Act firearm

    • May only be submitted in eForms by a legal entity or government agency

  • Form 2, Notice of Firearms Manufactured or Imported

    • Filed by a qualified manufacturer or importer to register NFA firearms manufactured or imported

  • Form 5, Application for Tax Exempt Transfer and Registration of Firearm

    • Filed by a qualified Federal firearms licensee for the transfer of NFA firearms to a government agency

  • Form 9, Application and Permit for Permanent Exportation of Firearms

    • Filed by a qualified Federal firearms licensee for the exportation of NFA firearms

  • Form 10, Application for Registration of Firearms Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities

    • Filed by State or local government agencies to register unregistered NFA firearms they acquire and want to use for official business


Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report

  • Form 5300.11, Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Under 18 U.S.C Chapter 44, Firearms


Additional Registration Steps

  • If you are submitting Form 6 for your personal use or Form 1 for your trust or LLC, no additional registration steps are necessary.

  • If you will be submitting forms as or on behalf of a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) or to import defense articles under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), there is an additional registration step in which you need to associate your User ID to the FFL and/or AECA registration.

  • If you also want to submit National Firearms Act (NFA) forms as an FFL who has paid special tax to import, manufacture or deal in NFA firearms, the registration is a 2 part approval process, which will include an association to both the FFL and to the Employer Identification number (EIN) used when paying the special tax. 


Electronic Payment

  • For any Form 1 that is submitted with making tax due, the tax payment will be made as part of the filing of the eForm 1.The submitter does not have to go to Pay.Gov in advance of filing the eForm 1.The payment itself is made through Pay.Gov, just prior to the submission of the application but within the eForm application.  Pay.Gov is a system of the US Treasury's Financial Management Service that allows the submitter to pay the tax by credit/debit card.  You do not register with Pay.Gov.  For detailed information on Pay.Gov you can visit their website at


Ask the Experts

Please use the "Ask the Experts" function within the eForms application to ask questions about the application or a specific form.  We hope that you will enjoy this experience and the eForms application will prove very useful to your company's daily operations. 


Status Checks

  • For the processing of NFA forms, contact the NFA Branch at (304) 616-4500.

  • For the processing of Imports forms, contact the Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch at (304) 616-4550.


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Last Reviewed December 2, 2016