What Is ATF Form 6 Series?
ATF 6 Forms are four forms issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and used to apply for a permit to import and request a release of firearms, ammunition, and other defense articles by different categories of citizens and nonimmigrant aliens entering into the United States. The series includes the following documents:
- ATF Form 6 Part 1 (ATF Form 5330.3A), Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles.
- ATF Form 6 Part 2 (ATF Form 5330.3B), Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles.
- ATF Form 6A (ATF Form 5330.3C), Release and Receipt of Imported Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles.
- ATF Form 6NIA (ATF Form 5330.3D), Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens.
ATF Form 6 Instructions
For the application to be approved without delays, fill out and submit it properly. The general instructions for the ATF Form 6 series are as follows:
- Use only the most current edition of the forms;
- Furnish all the required information fully and accurately;
- If you import firearms, ammunition, or implements of war for commercial purposes, make sure you have obtained the proper license and your license number has not expired;
- If any supporting documents are needed, submit them with the form. Otherwise, your application will be disapproved and returned to you with the reason for disapproval;
- Typewrite or legibly print in ink all the answers. Not legible information may cause a delay in processing the form;
- All copies of the ATF 6 forms must contain original signatures in ink;
- Carefully describe all the articles you want to import into the United States. If the space provided in the form is not enough, attach additional sheets;
- Make sure you provided the country of origin for the articles you wish to import. Otherwise, the form will not be approved, because of the importation and manufacture restrictions for firearms fabricated in some countries;
- Each form requires submitting a different number of copies. Check the instructions attached to each form to make sure you are submitting the right quantity;
- Submit the forms to the addresses provided in the instructions attached to the forms only to avoid delays in processing.
The approved form will be returned to you or the person you have designated as your representative. After that, submit the ATF Form 6 import permit (Part 1 and 2) and the ATF release form (Form 6A) to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to receive the firearms and ammunition you have imported.
The processing time also depends on the specific form you are submitting. The ATF Form 6 Part 1 and Part 2 are normally processed within 4 to 6 weeks. The processing time for the ATF Form 6NIA may take up to 10 weeks. The ATF recommends submitting the ATF Form 6NIA via e-mail or fax. Indicate your e-mail address or fax number for a reply in order to avoid delays often caused by international mail service.
ATF Form 5330.3B (6) Part 2 "Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles"
The document is filled out by military service members to request a permanent import of firearms, ammunition, and implements of war.
ATF Form 5330.3D (6NIA) "Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens"
Use this form if you are a non-immigrant alien (foreigner) in order to request permission to import firearms and ammunition into the United States.
This form is required for most importations of firearms, defense articles, and ammunition. You receive a copy with your approved import permit.
ATF Form 5330.3A (6) Part 1 "Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles"
The information on this form is used as an authorization for the importer. It serves to determine if the importer is qualified for the importation of the listed articles.