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ATF Form 4473
Answers to some common questions about requirements for Form 4473 including where to order, how to download and proper means of identification for purchasing a firearm.
Must a transferee provide his or her social security number on the ATF Form 4473?
Are the instructions attached to the ATF Form 4473 required to be maintained with the Form 4473 as part of a licensee's permanent firearms records?
If a buyer or transferee is unable to read and/or write but wants to purchase a firearm, how may the transfer legally be completed?
If a licensee notices an error on the ATF Form 4473 after the transfer, what is the procedure to record the correct information?
How long are licensees required to maintain ATF Forms 4473?
May an ATF Form 4473 be completed for the transfer of a firearm by a person holding a Power of Attorney?
Is a Social Security card a proper means of identification for purchasing a firearm from a licensee?
Where can a Federal firearms licensee get ATF Forms 4473?
Why does ATF Form 4473 ask for race and ethnicity?
Who signs ATF Form 4473 for the seller?