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Applying for a Federal Explosives License
Answers to some common questions specific to applying for a Federal Explosives License (FEL).
How long does it take to approve/disapprove an application for a Federal Explosives License or Permit?
If denied, how can I become cleared to possess explosives?
When do I get my license?
What circumstances may cause final action on a Federal Explosives License (FEL) application to be delayed?
May a same-sex spouse of a deceased licensee (including a Special (Occupational) Taxpayer) carry on the licensed firearms (or explosives) business for the remainder of the term of the license?
What type of explosives licenses are available?