If you wish to possess a firearm, one of the first things you must do is obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL). There are a number of requirements which must be fulfilled in order for one to obtain this license. The Licensing and Registration Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is responsible for ensuring that those who wish to obtain a FFL possess all of the appropriate licenses necessary to do so. Those wishing to apply for an FFL must pay the appropriate fee.
In order to be granted an FFL you must meet a number of requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age; be a United States citizen; not a prohibited person under the provisions of the Gun Control Act or any other applicable federal law; you must register with the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS). To obtain your NICS background check, you must first register with the system. An FFL applicant must also provide fingerprints and photograph samples to the licensing authorities. These requirements must be met in order to complete your application.
Once you meet the requirements to obtain an FFL you must pay a fee. There is no limit on the number of licenses that you may hold. However, you can only apply for one license per calendar year. Also, the license cannot be renewed, extended, or revoked at any time.
To obtain your FFL you must comply with all of the licensing requirements imposed by the government. Along with completing all of the requisite documents and paying the applicable fee you must wait until your application is received and accepted before you can begin to legally possess a firearm. Your license expires when it becomes available. You may renew your FFL by contacting your local licensing authority.
After receiving your FFL you will be required to register your weapon. This process requires the FFL agent to check your firearm against the National Firearms Registration Bureau database. You must keep your FFL certificate with you at all times. Additionally, you must register your gun with the NFA in order to be able to legally transport it from one state to another state. You must ensure that all of your paperwork is submitted on time. If your paperwork is delayed longer than thirty days you will lose your FFL status.
You have the right to take an initiative to end your FFL contract. If you do this you must contact the NFA to inform them that you are terminating your contract. You must send the notice to the NFA by certified mail. Within twenty-one days of terminating your license, you will lose your FFL status and all ammunition and related equipment will be turned over to the NFA. In order to recover your losses, you will be required to reapply for a license.