How to Complete an FFL Renewal Application

By Maeri Claire
Return FFL application documents quickly to avoid a lapse in your license.

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The Federal Firearms License (FFL) allows a person or business to lawfully sell, distribute and transfer firearms. If you already hold an FFL, you must complete and submit an FFL renewal application prior to your license expiring in order to continue selling and transporting firearms. Renewal application forms will be mailed to you 60 days prior to the expiration of your license. If you miss the deadline to renew, you must start the FFL application process over as though you are applying for the first time.

Complete the ATF Form 8 Part II renewal application, the ATF Form 5300.37 and ATF Form 5300.36 immediately upon receipt. If you do not receive the renewal forms with in 60 days of license expiration, contact the Federal Firearms Licensing Center (FFLC) to request the form by calling 866-662-2750.

Mail your completed renewal application, along with applicable fees as stated on the forms, to the FFLC as soon as possible. It is recommended you mail it with a tracking number in order to know the date it is delivered. Contact the FFLC if your application is not delivered 30 or more days before your expiration.

Request a letter of authorization (LOA) from the FFLC if you submitted your application prior to license expiration. The LOA will allow you to continue business activity while you wait for your application to be processed. The LOA is good for six months.

Cease firearm related business activity if you have failed to submit your renewal and receive an LOA before your license expiration date.

Visit the ATF online Distribution Center to order the FFL Form 7 (ATF F 5310.12) and the Certification of Compliance Form (ATF F 5330.20) to obtain a new FFL.

Obtain two pictures of yourself and all business partners. The pictures must be 2 inches by 2 inches. Visit your local law enforcement agency to obtain competed fingerprint cards again.

Complete the form upon receipt and mail it back along with the photographs, fingerprint cards and applicable fees as listed on the FFL Form 7. An inspector will once again contact you to schedule an appointment for approval. If the inspector approves your license, you will be issued one. Do not resume business until you have.

About the Author

Maeri Claire specializes in oral and written communications, and has been writing technical and training documents since 2003. Claire graduated in 2000 from an academy in British Columbia.

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