How to Purchase a Class 3 Firearms License in Florida

By Rebecca Herron
Class 3 firearms licenses are issued through the ATF.

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A Class 3 Federal Firearms License is a federal license issued through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Under the National Firearms Act, it is legal under federal law to own a class 3 firearm; however, state and local laws may limit or prohibit owning it. The state of Florida does allow individuals to own class 3 firearms, provided that the individual complies with the federal licensing requirements under the NFA.

Contact the local chief law enforcement officer of the area in which the applicant resides and request information on local laws and requirements for class 3 firearms and class 3 firearms licenses. This can be either the city chief of police, the county sheriff or the state chief of police.

Contact the local branch office of the ATF and request information on applying for a class 3 firearms license. Listings for field offices can be found online.

Download and print a copy of the Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm. This application is available online at the ATF website. Applicants should note that applications must be filed in duplicate, so two applications must be printed and completed.

Take a photo that is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches, or the size of a passport photo. One photo will need to be attached to each copy of the application.

Complete the applicant/transferee's information portions of the applications and attach the photos to the applications.

Request the dealer/transferor complete the required section of the applications requiring the transferor's federal firearms license number, information and signature.The transferor must be licensed in the state of Florida to sell class 3 firearms to a Florida resident. Also complete the section requiring the firearm's description and serial number, ensuring that all information is correct and accurate.

Visit the chief law enforcement officer of the area in which the applicant resides to have him complete and sign both copies of the section for the CLEO.

Take two sets of fingerprints on FBI Forms FD-258. These can be done by any law enforcement agency and must be attached to the applications.

Mail the application along with a check or money order for $200 to National Firearms Act Branch Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, P.O. Box 530298 Atlanta, GA 30353-0298. The application will be reviewed and approved or denied within four months. If approved, the license will be issued.

About the Author

Rebecca Herron has received a background in education from Bluefield State College which, in addition to four years of study, involved volunteer service in public schools and student teaching split between the elementary and middle school levels. She has written online for various websites.