To get a FFL license you must understand that you must have patience, energy, time, and money.  Dealing with multiple organizations and government organizations can often time be a frustration experience.

To get a FFL license the first thing you must get is an application. Click here to learn the secrets to get an FFL license. Most of the time there are two different types of applications that are required in getting a Federal Firearms License (FFL).  The first is a form from the ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) form #7 (F 5310.12), and another form from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) (F 5310.16) (Form 7C4).  The forms serve different purposes in getting your federal firearms license (FFL).  The first form, form F5310.12 / Form 7 is the basic form required to get your federal firearms license (FFL).  The other form, form 7C4 / F 5310.16 is if you want to become a relic collector or a licensed curio.

Once you get these applications to get your Federal Firearms License (FFL) you will have to get fingerprinted and also submit photographs.  It is impossible to fill out these forms online.  You can get these forms online at the ATF or call the ATF.  (

There are several other requirements to get your FFL license.  Some of these requirements are as follows:

  • You must be at least 21 of age or older.
  • You cannot be prohibited from handling or possessing firearms or ammunition
  • You have not violated the Gun Control Act or its regulations
  • You have not failed to disclose information or facts in connection with his application
  • You have premises for conducting business or collecting

You also must notify the local sheriff or police authorities that you are getting a federal firearms license (FFL).  Once you submit the paperwork along with the required information the waiting begins.  Unfortunately there is no exact time-line in place for getting your FFL.  The government and regulatory agencies unfortunately move at their own pace.  If you make a mistake, be prepared to have to correct the mistake in your paperwork and sometimes start completely over.

Keep in mind once you get your FFL license that there will be ongoing fees, and other rules and regulations to keep your license.  These fees can range anywhere from $30 to $3,000 and are not life-time fees.

Before you submit your paperwork make sure that you make copies of every single document, and keep detailed notes and keep your copies and notes in a safe place.  Once you receive your FFL license make sure to make a copy of it, and also store it in the appropriate place.

If you’d like more info you should look at Applying for a Federal Firearms License.