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Licenses and Permits
This section is intended to provide information on who needs a Federal explosives license or permit and the steps necessary to obtain one.
Will the Government conduct a background check on an applicant for a license or permit?
When will I need to report a departing responsible person?
May a licensed dealer make a sale to a holder of a limited permit in an adjoining State?
If a Federal explosives licensee or permittee is indicted for or convicted of a “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year”, may he or she continue operations under the license or permit?
Can a license or permit be revoked?
I have timely filed my application for renewal of my license (or user’s permit) but I have not received my new license (or permit). May I continue in business even though the expiration date shown on my license or permit has passed? If so, for how long?
Will a licensee or permittee be notified in advance when the license or user permit needs to be renewed?
When an explosives licensee or permittee sends one of their truck drivers to the distributor’s premises to pick up explosive materials that have been purchased by the licensee or permittee, will the driver be required to sign any forms?
How may an employee of an explosives licensee or permittee qualify to accept delivery of explosive materials for the employer?
Who is authorized to import explosive materials?