I submitted my NFA application the same time as my friend/family member/etc. and his or her NFA application was processed before mine, why?

NFA Division will not approve a NFA application unless it receives a “proceed” from FBI-NICS. Some background checks may take longer to process because FBI-NICS must perform additional research on the applicant’s background.  As a result, two individuals who submit NFA applications at the same time may have their NFA application processed at different times because the background checks are completed by FBI-NICS and transmitted to NFA Division at different times.

Last Reviewed April 23, 2024