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Fingerprints for the ATF

Fingerprints for the ATF

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Stephanie Kimmell

Stephanie Kimmell

Why do I need to do fingerprints for the ATF?

The ATF requires fingerprints to be submitted on the FD-258 Fingerprint Card, in order to conduct a thorough background check for certain firearm-related activities, like purchasing or transferring National Firearms Act (NFA) items. The purpose of this is to ensure the applicant’s eligibility for possessing or handling these controlled items. 

fbi fingerprint cards example
An example of FBI fingerprint cards.

Will my dealer offer fingerprint services?

The availability of fingerprinting services may vary depending on your chosen dealer. It’s advisable to contact your dealer directly and inquire whether they offer fingerprinting services as part of their customer support. If your dealer does not provide this service, don’t worry; there is another way to get your fingerprints done securely and efficiently.

How do I obtain my fingerprints?

If your dealer doesn’t offer fingerprinting services, there are alternative methods to obtain them. One option is to visit your local police department, where they often provide fingerprinting services. Alternatively, you can search online for local establishments that offer ATF fingerprinting services.

For added convenience, consider utilizing digital EFT (Electronic Fingerprint Transmission) services if available locally. You’ll only need one digital card, which can be used for all future purchases, streamlining the process and saving you time.

What if I don't send fingerprints with my ATF Form 4?

If you do not submit your fingerprints, your Form 4 will be rejected and you will have to resubmit. The same is true if your Form 4 gets lost in the mail. To ensure that your submission is not lost in the mail, it’s a good idea to submit a digital EFT with an eForm 4.

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