Current Processing Times

As of July 1, 2024

Statistical information on average processing times of applications that are filled out correctly and completely.

ATF Form Processing Office Paper eForms
Form 1 Application to Make and Register a Firearm NFA Division 141 days 112 days
Form 2 Notice of Firearms Manufactured or Imported NFA Division 18 days 1 days
Form 3 Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) NFA Division 8 days 2 days
Form 4 Trust Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm NFA Division 247 days 155 days
Form 4 Individual Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm NFA Division 262 days 60 days
Form 5 Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer and Registration of Firearm NFA Division 17 days 1 day
Form 6 Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War Imports Branch 6 weeks 7 days
Form 6 NIA Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens Imports Branch 6 weeks -
Form 7 Application for Federal Firearms License (FFL) FFLC 2 months -
Form 9 Application and Permit for Permanent Exportation NFA Division 1 day 2 days
Form 10 Application for Registration of Firearms Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities NFA Division 62 days 7 days
Form 3311.4 Application for Alternate Means of Identification of Firearm(s) (Marking Variance) FATD 3 months -
Form 5320.20 Application to Transport Interstate or to Temporarily Export Certain National Firearms Act (NFA) Firearms NFA Division 17 days -
Form 5400.13/
Application for Explosives License or Permit (FEL/FEP) FELC 3 months -
Form 5400.28 Employee Possessor Questionnaire (EPQ) FELC 3 months -

Totals of Pending NFA Forms

  • Total number of actionable applications excluding applications submitted pursuant to ATF Final Rule 2021R-08F: 180,513
  • Total number of actionable applications undergoing further background check research by FBI-NICS: 80,958


Last Reviewed July 5, 2024