About firearms dealer licenses

Anyone who sells firearms, wholesale or retail, must have a federal firearms license.

How to apply

  • Contact the law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction where your business is located.
  • The law enforcement agency will tell you what documents you need to apply and where to get them.

About the application process

  • You must be fingerprinted and pass a background check.
  • It takes around 30 – 60 days to get your firearm dealer license.
  • Your license is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.
  • If your employees handle firearms, they must also pass background checks.
  • If you move your business, you must notify your local law enforcement to get a replacement dealer license.
  • If you open additional stores, contact your local law enforcement for dealer license requirements.

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