ATF Form 6 (5330.3A) Part 1 "Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles"

What Is ATF Form 6 Part 1?

ATF Form 6-Part 1, Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition, and Implements of War (ATF Form 5330.3A) is used to provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with the information necessary to determine if a specific importer is qualified for the importation of articles listed on the form. This document also serves as an authorization for the importer.

ATF Form 5330.3A was last revised on December 1, 2019. Find the new ATF Form 6 fillable (Part 1) below for download.

The application has three related forms:

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When to Fill out ATF Form 6 Part 1?

Fill out the form to request a permit to import ammunition, firearms, and defense articles into the United States. Use it for every importation except for those described in 27 CFR Parts 447, 478, and 479. The importing on the form is allowed to the following individuals and entities:

  • Any properly licensed and registered person importing firearms and ammunition for resale;
  • A federal firearms licensee (FFL) that is not an importer if the imported articles are sporting firearms or ammunition intended for personal use and not for resale;
  • An unlicensed person if the importing items are firearm parts (excluding receivers, frames, or actions) or sporting type ammunition (other than tracer or incendiary) intended for personal use;
  • A nonresident U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. or a nonresident alien immigrating to the U.S. In both cases, the imported ammunition must be for personal use.

How to Fill out ATF Form 6 Part 1?

The ATF Form 6 Part 1 instructions are provided at the end of the form. Read them carefully, detach, and keep for future references. Fill out the document in three copies. All the entries must be typewritten or in ink. Complete the document as follows:

  1. Internal Control/Reference #. Enter your own tracking number if you use one;
  2. Item 1. Federal Firearms License. Enter a complete and valid 15-digit federal firearms license number and its expiration date;
  3. Item 2. Telephone No. Provide your business phone or fax number in this item. Indicate the letter "B" next to the telephone number and letter "F" next to the fax number;
  4. Item 3. Country of Exportation. Self-explanatory;
  5. Item 4. Name and Address of Customs Broker. Fill out this item only if you are using a customs broker. At the bottom of the item, you may inform the ATF that you want this form to be returned to a specified custom broker;
  6. Item 5. Applicant's Name and Address. Enter your name and address. Do not provide here the name and address of the person you may be importing the listed articles to;
  7. Item 6. Name and Address of Foreign Seller. Specify the name and the address of the foreign seller you bought the imported articles from;
  8. Item 7. Name and Address of Foreign Shipper. If this information is the same as indicated in Item 6, enter "See Item 6";
  9. Item 8A. Name and Address of Manufacturer City and State or City and Country. Provide the full name and country of the manufacturer of the article to be imported at a minimum;
  10. Items 8B - 8K. Provide a detailed description of the articles to be imported. Attach additional sheets if needed;
  11. Item 9. Certification of Origin. Check one of the listed options;
  12. Item 10. Specific Purpose of Importation, Including Final Recipient, If Known. Enter the purpose of importation. If you are importing articles for someone else, specify the name and address of this person or entity;
  13. Items 11 and 12. Self-explanatory;
  14. Item 14. Signature. Sign all three copies of the form in ink;
  15. Items 13, 15, and 16. Name of Applicant, Title, and Date. Self-explanatory.

How to Update Information on ATF Form 6 Part 1?

Carefully double-check all the information before submission. When the application is approved, you will not be able to make any amendments or alterations.

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OMB No. 1140-0005 (12/31/2022)
U.S. Department of Justice
Application and Permit for Importation of
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles
Not for use by Members of the United States Armed Forces.
For Applicant's Optional Use
For ATF Use Only
Permit No. (Valid for 24 months from the date appearing in Item 19 below.) NPR No. Internal Control/Reference #
E-mail Address (Optional)
Section I - Application (Submit in triplicate) - For Applicant Use
2. Telephone No. (Including
3.
Country of Exportation
1. Federal Firearms License (If Any)
Extension No.)
License No. (x-xx-xxx-xx-xx-xxxxx)
Expiration Date
4.
Name and Address of Customs Broker (Including Zip Code)
5.
Applicant's Name and Address (Including Zip Code)
Check here if permit is to be returned to Customs Broker.
Check here if permit is to be returned to applicant.
6.
Name and Address of Foreign Seller, if any
7.
Name and Address of Foreign Shipper
8. Description of Firearms and Ammunition (For firearms, enter (SG)-Shotgun; (RI)-Rifle; (PI)-Pistol; (RE)-Revolver; (DD)-Destructive Device; (MG)-Machinegun)
Name and Address of Manufacturer
Type
Length
New (N)
Caliber
Quantity
Unit
U.S. Muni-
Model
Overall
Serial
City and State
(Frame,
of
or
Cost (U.S.
Gauge
(Each type)
tions Import
(required)
Length
No.
or
Receiver,
Barrel
Used (U)
or Size
Currency)
List
(Inches)
SG, RI, PI,
City and Country
(Inches)
Category
RE,DD,MG)
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.
c.
j.
k.
b.
a.
See Attachment
Description
9. Certification of Origin. The items sought for importation
in block 8:
a. Do not contain parts or components produced by or
for the U.S. military and do not contain parts or com-
See Attachment
ponents manufactured with U.S. military technical
Core
(Ball
data or assistance.
Material
Wad-
b. Contain parts or components produced by or for the
(Lead,
cutter,
U.S. military or parts or components manufactured
Steel
Shot, AP,
with U.S. military technical data or assistance.
etc.)
Tracer)
c. Contain parts or components produced by or for the
(Rounds)
U.S. military or components manufactured with U.S.
technical data or assistance that were sold abroad
pursuant to a Direct Commercial Sale licensed by the
See Attachment
Department of State.
10. Specific Purpose of Importation, Including Final Recipient, If Known (Use additional sheets, if necessary)
12. If "Yes," Give Importer's Registration No. and Expiration Date (A-xx-xxx-xxxx)
11. Are You Registered as an Importer Pursuant to The Arms Export
Control Act of 1976
Yes
No
Under the penalties provided by law, I declare that I have examined this application, including the documents submitted in support of it, and, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, it is true, correct, and complete.
16. Date
13. Name of Applicant (Printed)
14. Signature of Applicant
15. Title
Section II - For ATF Use Only (Please make no entries in this section)
17. The Application Has Been Examined and the Importation of the Firearms, Ammunition, and Defense Articles Described Herein is:
ConditionallyApproved
Approved
Disapproved for the Reason Indicated
Returned Without Action for Additional
Here or on Attached Letter
Information
Partially Approved for the Reason
No Permit Required
Withdrawn By Applicant Without Action
Indicated Here or on Attached Letter
18. Signature of the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
19. Date
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Previous Editions Obsolete
Revised December 2019
OMB No. 1140-0005 (12/31/2022)
U.S. Department of Justice
Application and Permit for Importation of
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles
Not for use by Members of the United States Armed Forces.
For Applicant's Optional Use
For ATF Use Only
Permit No. (Valid for 24 months from the date appearing in Item 19 below.) NPR No. Internal Control/Reference #
E-mail Address (Optional)
Section I - Application (Submit in triplicate) - For Applicant Use
2. Telephone No. (Including
3.
Country of Exportation
1. Federal Firearms License (If Any)
Extension No.)
License No. (x-xx-xxx-xx-xx-xxxxx)
Expiration Date
4.
Name and Address of Customs Broker (Including Zip Code)
5.
Applicant's Name and Address (Including Zip Code)
Check here if permit is to be returned to Customs Broker.
Check here if permit is to be returned to applicant.
6.
Name and Address of Foreign Seller, if any
7.
Name and Address of Foreign Shipper
8. Description of Firearms and Ammunition (For firearms, enter (SG)-Shotgun; (RI)-Rifle; (PI)-Pistol; (RE)-Revolver; (DD)-Destructive Device; (MG)-Machinegun)
Name and Address of Manufacturer
Type
Length
New (N)
Caliber
Quantity
Unit
U.S. Muni-
Model
Overall
Serial
City and State
(Frame,
of
or
Cost (U.S.
Gauge
(Each type)
tions Import
(required)
Length
No.
or
Receiver,
Barrel
Used (U)
or Size
Currency)
List
(Inches)
SG, RI, PI,
City and Country
(Inches)
Category
RE,DD,MG)
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.
c.
j.
k.
b.
a.
See Attachment
Description
9. Certification of Origin. The items sought for importation
in block 8:
a. Do not contain parts or components produced by or
for the U.S. military and do not contain parts or com-
See Attachment
ponents manufactured with U.S. military technical
Core
(Ball
data or assistance.
Material
Wad-
b. Contain parts or components produced by or for the
(Lead,
cutter,
U.S. military or parts or components manufactured
Steel
Shot, AP,
with U.S. military technical data or assistance.
etc.)
Tracer)
c. Contain parts or components produced by or for the
(Rounds)
U.S. military or components manufactured with U.S.
technical data or assistance that were sold abroad
pursuant to a Direct Commercial Sale licensed by the
See Attachment
Department of State.
10. Specific Purpose of Importation, Including Final Recipient, If Known (Use additional sheets, if necessary)
12. If "Yes," Give Importer's Registration No. and Expiration Date (A-xx-xxx-xxxx)
11. Are You Registered as an Importer Pursuant to The Arms Export
Control Act of 1976
Yes
No
Under the penalties provided by law, I declare that I have examined this application, including the documents submitted in support of it, and, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, it is true, correct, and complete.
16. Date
13. Name of Applicant (Printed)
14. Signature of Applicant
15. Title
Section II - For ATF Use Only (Please make no entries in this section)
17. The Application Has Been Examined and the Importation of the Firearms, Ammunition, and Defense Articles Described Herein is:
ConditionallyApproved
Approved
Disapproved for the Reason Indicated
Returned Without Action for Additional
Here or on Attached Letter
Information
Partially Approved for the Reason
No Permit Required
Withdrawn By Applicant Without Action
Indicated Here or on Attached Letter
18. Signature of the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
19. Date
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Previous Editions Obsolete
Revised December 2019
Firearms (Continued)
Name and Address of Manufacturer
Type
Unit
Model
Caliber
Quantity
U.S. Muni-
Length
Overall
Serial
New (N)
(Frame,
City and State
Cost (U.S.
tions Import
(required)
Gauge
(Each type)
of
Length
No.
or
Receiver,
or
Currency)
List
or Size
Barrel
(Inches)
Used (U)
SG, RI, PI,
City and Country
Category
(Inches)
RE,DD,MG)
c.
e.
a.
b.
f.
g.
j.
d.
h.
i.
k.
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Revised December 2019
Defense Articles (Continued)
Name and Address of Manufacturer
Description
Caliber or
Quantity
U.S. Munitions Import
Unit Cost
City and State
Gauge
List
(Each type)
(U.S. Currency)
or
or Size
Category
City and Country
a.
b.
c.
f.
d.
e.
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Revised December 2019
Ammunition (Continued)
Core Material
Description
Quantity
Unit Cost
U.S. Munitions Import
Name and Address of Manufacturer
Caliber or
City and State
(Lead,
(Ball, Wadcutter, Shot, AP, Tracer
(Each type)
(U.S. Currency)
List
Gauge
or
Steel etc.)
(rounds)
or Size
Category
City and Country
b.
c.
f.
g.
a.
d.
e.
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Revised December 2019
Instruction Sheet for ATF Form 6 Part I (5330.3A)
(Submit in triplicate) (Detach this instruction sheet before submitting your application)
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
immigrating to the United States. The firearms must accompany the
nonresident U.S. citizen or nonimmigrant alien immigrating to the United States
This request is in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The
on entry into the United States, since once he is in the United States, and has
purpose of this information collection is to allow ATF to determine if the article(s)
acquired residence in a State, he may not directly import a firearm. He must
described on the application qualifies for importation by the importer, and to serve as
engage the services of a federally licensed firearms dealer in his State of
the authorization for the importer. This information is mandatory (18 U.S.C. 925(d),
residence to import the sporting firearms (excluding NFA and surplus
26 U.S.C. 5844, 22 U.S.C. 2778).
military) for him.
The estimated average burden associated with this collection of information is 30
9. Under Arms Export Control Act of 1976 regulations in 27 CFR 447.41(c), a
minutes per respondent or recordkeeper, depending on individual circumstances.
permit is not required for the importation of:
Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden estimate and suggestions for
reducing this burden should be addressed to Reports Management Officer, Document
a. U.S. Munitions Import List articles from Canada not subject to 27 CFR
Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Washington, DC
Part 478 and 479, except articles enumerated in Categories I, II, III, IV,
20226.
VI(e), VIII(a), XVI, and XX; and nuclear weapons, strategic delivery
systems, and all specifically designed components, parts, accessories,
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a
attachments, and associated equipment thereof.
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Confidentiality is not assured.
b. Minor components and parts of Category I(a) firearms, except barrels,
cylinders, receivers (frames) or complete breech mechanisms, when the
General Information
total value does not exceed $100 wholesale in any single transaction.
1. An approved ATF Form 6 - Part I (5330.3A) is required to import firearms,
Preparation
ammunition, and defense articles into the United States or any possession
thereof, except for certain exempt importations prescribed in 27 CFR Parts
10. The applicant shall prepare this form in triplicate. Required signatures must
447, 478 and 479. A military member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is on
be in ink on all copies. Other entries must be in ink or be typewritten.
active duty outside the U.S., or who has been on active duty outside the U.S.
during the 60-day period immediately preceding the intended importation,
11. The application should be submitted approximately 60 days prior to the
should complete ATF Form 6 - Part II (5330.3B) to import sporting type
intended importation. All copies shall be submitted to:
firearms or ammunition for his personal use.
Director
2. Any person engaged in the business of importing firearms or ammunition for
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
resale must be licensed as an importer under the Gun Control Act of 1968
244 Needy Road
and, if he is importing firearms, ammunition, firearms parts or defense articles
Martinsburg, WV 25405
(other than sporting shotguns, shotgun shells, or shotgun parts) he must
Attention: Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
also be registered as an importer under the Arms Export Control Act of 1976.
No permit to import such articles for resale will be issued until the importer is
12. Any questions concerning the application should be referred to the Imports
properly licensed and registered.
Branch at the above address or telephone (304) 616-4550.
3. A Federal firearms licensee, other than an importer, may make an occasional
13. If a licensee is applying to import an article for subsequent transfer to a
importation of sporting firearms or ammunition (excluding surplus military)
known final recipient (e.g., an individual, commercial entity, or government
for himself or an unlicensed person in the licensee's State, provided that the
agency), the licensee must complete items 1 through 16, and
firearms and ammunition are intended for personal use of the person for
identify the final recipient by name and address in item 10.
whom imported and not for resale. ATF Form 6 - Part I (5330.3A) is used to
obtain approval for such importation.
14. Item 9, Certification of Origin: The purpose of this certification is to
determine whether items sought for importation require retransfer
4. A permit is not required for a firearm or ammunition brought into the United
authorization from the Department of State. Applicants should check block
States or any possession thereof by any person who can establish to the
9a if the articles sought for importation were produced for the civilian market
satisfaction of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that such firearm or
and were not associated with the U.S. military. Applicants should check block
ammunition was previously taken out of the United States or any possession
9b if the articles sought for importation contain parts or components produced
thereof by such person.
by or for the U.S. military or manufactured with U.S. military technical data
or assistance, and the articles were provided by the U.S. government to a
5. A permit is not required for the return of a repaired firearm, or replacement
foreign government through a grant or foreign military sales program.
firearm of the same kind and type, to the person in the United States who sent
Applicants should check block 9c if the articles sought for importation
the defective firearm out of the United States for repair.
contain parts or components produced by or for the U.S. military or
manufactured with U.S. military technical data or assistance, and the articles
6. If you are a nonimmigrant alien, do not complete this form. A nonimmigrant
were sold abroad pursuant to an export license issued by the Department of
alien entering the U.S. temporarily needs to submit an ATF Form 6NIA
State authorizing a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS). NOTE: If block 9b is
(5330.3D) (Application and Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms
checked, a written retransfer authorization from the Department of State must
and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens) to temporarily import his
be attached to the application or the applications will be denied. NOTE: If
personally owned firearms.
block 9c is checked, either a copy of the export license authorizing the DCS
or a written retransfer authorization from the Department of State must be
7.
An unlicensed person may obtain a permit to import sporting type
attached to the application or the application will be denied.
ammunition (excluding tracer or incendiary) and firearm parts (other than
frames, receivers, or actions) without engaging the services of a Federal
Approval
firearms licensee, provided that the importation is for his personal use and not
for resale.
15. The Director will approve the application or advise the applicant of the reason
for the disapproval. In some cases it may be necessary to request additional
8.
A nonresident U.S. citizen returning to the United States or a nonresident
information or to have the firearm or ammunition sent to ATF for examination
alien immigrating to the United States, from a permanent residence outside of
to determine the import status.
the United States, may complete and forward the enclosed ATF Form 6 Part I
permit application without having to utilize the services of a federally
licensed firearms dealer. The nonresident should include a statement, either
(INSTRUCTIONS CONTINUED ON REVERSE)
on the application form or on an attached sheet, that the firearms are being
imported for his personal use and not for resale, the date of return and that he is a
ATF Form 5330.3A (6 part 1)
Revised December 2019
nonresident U.S. citizen returning to the United States, or is a nonresident alien
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