ATF Form 3 (5320.3) Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special Occupational Taxpayer (National Firearms Act)

ATF Form 3 (5320.3) Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special Occupational Taxpayer (National Firearms Act)

What Is ATF Form 3?

ATF Form 3, Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special Occupational Taxpayer (National Firearms Act) - also known as the ATF E-Form 3 or the ATF Form 5320.3 - is a form you fill out when applying for a tax-exempt transfer of firearms if both transferor and transferee are Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) and Special Occupational taxpayers (SOT).

The latest version of the form was released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) on November 1, 2023. Download the most recent fillable ATF Form 3 through the link below.

ATF Form 3 Vs. Form 4

There are two main forms related to firearms transfer: ATF Form 3 and ATF Form 4 (ATF Form 5320.4), Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of a Firearm. The first one is a tax-exempt form. Fill it out every time firearms are transferred from one SOT to another. However, if one of the parties is an individual, you must use ATF Form 4 instead, even if the other party is a SOT. By approving ATF Form 3, the ATF admits that you are eligible for a tax-free transfer. ATF Form 4 requires paying a $200 tax for the transfer of a firearm.

There are cases when both forms are involved in the process of transfer. For example, if an individual purchases a firearm from another state, the SOT first ships the purchase to the dealer in the individual's state submitting the tax-free ATF 3. ATF 4 is submitted after this and - after receiving the approval of the ATF - the firearm is handed down to the individual.

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ATF Form 3 Instructions

Before filling out the form, check and make sure you understand all the instructions and definitions. An explanation of the terms is provided with the document. Follow these instructions when completing the form:

  • A separate form must be prepared when requesting a tax-exempt during the transfer of a firearm;
  • Prepare the form in duplicate;
  • The type of entity indicated in Items 4 and 5 must coincide, as well as the type of entity identified in Items 6 and 7;
  • Both copies of the form must contain original signatures in ink;
  • Enter all the requested information in blue or black ink;
  • The address for submission is provided in the upper right corner of the document. Use it to mail both copies of the form and all the attached documents. Sending them to any other address will only lead to an increase in wait time;
  • You can submit the form via fax at (304) 616-4501;
  • The ATF will return the approved copy of the application to you. This copy must be delivered to the transferee with the firearms;
  • You are not allowed to transfer the firearm until an approval is received;
  • After receiving the approval, you must transfer the firearm immediately.

How to Fill out ATF Form 3?

  1. Item 1. Transferee's Name and Address. Provide the name and address of transferee exactly as it appears on the FFL. Include your trade name here - if any;
  2. Item 2A. Transferor's Name and Address. Indicate here the name (including trade name) and address as entered on the FFL;
  3. Item 2B. Transferor's Telephone Number and Area Code. Self-explanatory;
  4. Items 3A - 3H. Description of Firearms. Complete all applicable items. Be very attentive entering information for your firearm on the form. The information provided should match the information engraved on the transferred firearm exactly. To identify the type of your firearm, check the Definitions section of the form properly. If you transfer more than one firearm with the same description and consecutive serial numbers, enter only first and last numbers of the range into Item 3G. If the description is the same, but serial numbers are non-consecutive, attach a list of serial numbers to the form and note it in Item 3G;
  5. Items 4 - 5. Transferee's Federal Firearms License/Transferee's Special (Occupational) Tax Status. Make sure the information you have provided in this part matches the transferee's FFL and SOT licenses exactly;
  6. Items 6 - 7. Transferor's Federal Firearms License/Transferor's Special (Occupational) Tax Status. Double-check if the information you have provided in this part matches the information indicated on the transferor's FFL and SOT licenses exactly;
  7. Item 8. Consent to Disclosure of Information to Transferee. According to U.S. laws, the information regarding the status of this application can be disclosed only to the person who submitted it. If you want to authorize the ATF to disclose the information regarding the application to a transferee, indicate it in this item.
  8. Items 9 - 11. Original Signature of Transferor/Name and Title of Authorized Official/Date. Self-explanatory.

How Long Does It Take to Process an ATF Form 3?

The ATF Form 3 wait times have been decreased recently. The ATF usually processes a legibly filled out and properly submitted the form within 20 to 30 days. However, if you provide illegible or incomplete information, the document will be returned and the whole process will be delayed.

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