Currently Receiving Approvals From applications submitted:
Form 3 — 3-7 days from submission
Form 4 Trust/Corp — December 2020 – May 2021
Form 4 Individual — December 2020 – May 2021
Electronic Form 4 — February 2022 – March 2022
What is an ATF eform:
ATF electronic Form 4’s will change the Form 4 from a paper process to an entirely digital process. Silencer Central will submit everything to the ATF digitally and the ATF will send their approval digitally. This will speed up the process of buying and waiting for approval. Learn more about eForms HERE
NFA Approval Update With Brandon Maddox
Why is there a wait time for paper submissions:
There are two logical answers to this question. The first is the time it takes for paperwork to make it through the mail, and with postal reliability these days, there’s no telling when your paperwork may actually arrive. Thankfully, that’s now a thing of the past!
The second reason is the amount of time devoted to data entry. When a silencer dealer or individual sends completed paperwork to the ATF to secure permission for a Form 4 transfer, employees at the ATF have to manually enter the data from the forms. (Yes, that’s right: the ATF takes your paper form and enters it into a computer instead of just having you enter it electronically in the first place.)
As you can imagine, this is a time-consuming process. The data must be entered, and then checked, and this process is typically taking upwards of 9 months as of the time of writing.
How to check the status of your submission:
To get the status of your transfer from the ATF, call the NFA Branch directly at: (304) 616-4500.
You will need to provide your name (or the name of your trust or corporation), the serial number of the suppressor, and the name of the transferor. For the transferor information, please use the name we sent you in the confirmation email when your electronic transfer was submitted. ATF will confirm you are in the system and will give you an estimate for when to expect the approval. Remember, they don’t know exactly when your transfer will be approved – it is just an estimate.
How Do I Get My Silencer After It Has Been Approved?
Once we have received your approval, we will send you an email and a text message informing you of the next steps to have your silencer purchase shipped directly to your front door.
Have your silencer shipped to your front door:
- Our Operations Department will send you an email with instructions on how to complete the required Form 4473. This is an electronic form that you must fill out and sign, and is returned back to us.
- After all federal requirements have been met, we then package your silencer and accessories.
- The USPS tracking numbers go live and your silencer is delivered to your front door.