Do licensed importers, manufacturers, or dealers have to surrender their records to ATF if they discontinue their business?

Yes. If the business is being discontinued completely, the licensed dealer, manufacturer or importer is required to submit all records to ATF within 30 days. Records may be delivered to a local ATF office or shipped to the following address:

Bureau of ATF
ATF Out-of-Business Records Center
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, WV 25405

A licensee discontinuing business must also notify the Federal Firearms Licensing Center within 30 days by calling (866) 662-2750 (toll free) or emailing

If someone is taking over the business, the original licensee should underline the final entry in each acquisition and disposition (A&D) record, note the date of transfer, and forward all records and forms to the successor (who must apply for and receive their own license before lawfully engaging in business) or forward the records and forms to the ATF Out-of-Business Records Center. If the successor licensee receives records and forms from the original licensee, the successor licensee may choose to forward those records and forms to the ATF Out-of-Business Record Center.

[18 U.S.C. 923(g)(4); 27 CFR 478.57(a) and 478.127]

Last Reviewed July 15, 2020