ATF Form 10 Application for Registration of Firearms Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities

What Is ATF Form 10?

ATF Form 10, Application for Registration of Firearms Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities - also known as the ATF E-Form 10 or ATF Form 5320.10 - is a form used to register a firearm obtained by a state or local governmental agency. The firearm must be registered if the agency is planning to keep it in possession. The firearms that are used as evidence in a criminal proceeding and will be destroyed or abandoned when they are no longer needed, do not require registration. The completed form must be submitted in duplicate.

The most recent version of this form was issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in May 2017. A fillable ATF form 10 is available for download below.

The form must be used to register firearms and other items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA covers the following items: short-barreled shotguns and weapons made of such shotguns, machineguns, short-barreled rifles and weapons made of them and any other weapons except pistols and revolvers with a rifled bore. The act also regulates silencers and mufflers and explosive devices, such as grenades, bombs, and other similar items.

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ATF Form 10 Instructions

  1. Block 1-4a. Self-explanatory;
  2. Block 5, Description of Firearm. In the boxes that follow, enter the required information about the firearm: the name and address of the manufacturer or importer of the firearm, type of the acquired firearm according to the definition section of the form, caliber or gauge of the firearm, name of the model, length of the firearm in inches and length of the barrel in inches;
  3. Block 5g, Overall. Enter the overall length of the firearm;
  4. Block 5h, Serial Number. Enter the serial number of the firearm. If it does not have one contact the ATF to assign an ATF number to the firearm. The ATF number must be entered in Box 5h and placed on the frame or the receiver of the firearm before the form is submitted;
  5. Block 5i, Additional Description. Provide any additional identifying information about the firearm, such as a maker's name or location;
  6. Block 6-7. Self-explanatory;
  7. Block 8, Signature of Authorized Official. The form must be signed by the head of the agency. If another authorized person is signing the form, evidence of authorization must be attached to the form;
  8. Block 9, Name and Title of Authorized Official. Block 10, Date. Enter the name and title of the person signing the form and date it;

The space below the last three blocks of the form is reserved for the ATF. Leave this part blank. It will contain the ATF decision on the application, additional remarks and certification.

U.S. Department of Justice
OMB no. 1140-0016 (05/31/2020)
Application for Registration of Firearms
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities
ATF Control Number:
(Submit in duplicate) Please read instructions on reverse carefully before completing form.
TO: National Firearms Act Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405
The undersigned hereby makes application to register to the governmental entity identified in this application the
27CFR 479.104 provides for limited
firearm describe below.
registration of otherwise unregistered
firearms by certain governmental entities,
1. Name and Physical Address of Department or Agency Making Application to Register Firearm
for official use only. If this application is
approved, it is with the condition that the
firearm is for "OFFICIAL USE ONLY"
2. Mailing Address (if different)
3. Telephone Number (Include Area Code)
4. Name of Agency Point of Contact
4a. E-mail Address
5. Description of Firearm
a. Name and Address of Original Manufacturer and/or
b. Type of Firearm
c. Caliber or Gauge
d. Model
Importer of Firearm (if any)
(See definition)
(Specify one)
e. Length
f. Of Barrel:
g. Overall:
(Inches)
h. Serial Number
i. Additional Description (Include all numbers and other identifying data to include maker's name, city and state which will appear on this firearm)
(use additional sheet if necessary)
6. Location Where Firearm is Usually Kept
7. From Whom was Firearm Received? (For example, abandonment or from a Federal Surplus program such as 1033)
I CERTIFY THAT the above described firearm is for OFFICIAL USE ONLY and that I have examined this application and, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, it is true, correct and complete.
8. Signature of Authorized Official (See Instruction 1)
9. Name and Title of Authorized Official
10. Date
Space below is for use by the Bureau of ATF - Please do not write below
By authority of the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this application has been examined and the registration of the described
firearm to the government entity described above is:
Remarks:
Approved for Official Use
Disapproved
Authorized ATF Official
Date
ATF E-Form 10 (5320.10)
Revised May 2017
U.S. Department of Justice
OMB no. 1140-0016 (05/31/2020)
Application for Registration of Firearms
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities
ATF Control Number:
(Submit in duplicate) Please read instructions on reverse carefully before completing form.
TO: National Firearms Act Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405
The undersigned hereby makes application to register to the governmental entity identified in this application the
27CFR 479.104 provides for limited
firearm describe below.
registration of otherwise unregistered
firearms by certain governmental entities,
1. Name and Physical Address of Department or Agency Making Application to Register Firearm
for official use only. If this application is
approved, it is with the condition that the
firearm is for "OFFICIAL USE ONLY"
2. Mailing Address (if different)
3. Telephone Number (Include Area Code)
4. Name of Agency Point of Contact
4a. E-mail Address
5. Description of Firearm
a. Name and Address of Original Manufacturer and/or
b. Type of Firearm
c. Caliber or Gauge
d. Model
Importer of Firearm (if any)
(See definition)
(Specify one)
e. Length
f. Of Barrel:
g. Overall:
(Inches)
h. Serial Number
i. Additional Description (Include all numbers and other identifying data to include maker's name, city and state which will appear on this firearm)
(use additional sheet if necessary)
6. Location Where Firearm is Usually Kept
7. From Whom was Firearm Received? (For example, abandonment or from a Federal Surplus program such as 1033)
I CERTIFY THAT the above described firearm is for OFFICIAL USE ONLY and that I have examined this application and, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, it is true, correct and complete.
8. Signature of Authorized Official (See Instruction 1)
9. Name and Title of Authorized Official
10. Date
Space below is for use by the Bureau of ATF - Please do not write below
By authority of the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this application has been examined and the registration of the described
firearm to the government entity described above is:
Remarks:
Approved for Official Use
Disapproved
Authorized ATF Official
Date
ATF E-Form 10 (5320.10)
Revised May 2017
U.S. Department of Justice
OMB no. 1140-0016 (05/31/2020)
Application for Registration of Firearms
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities
ATF Control Number:
(Submit in duplicate) Please read instructions on reverse carefully before completing form.
TO: National Firearms Act Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405
The undersigned hereby makes application to register to the governmental entity identified in this application the
27CFR 479.104 provides for limited
firearm describe below.
registration of otherwise unregistered
firearms by certain governmental entities,
1. Name and Physical Address of Department or Agency Making Application to Register Firearm
for official use only. If this application is
approved, it is with the condition that the
firearm is for "OFFICIAL USE ONLY"
2. Mailing Address (if different)
3. Telephone Number (Include Area Code)
4. Name of Agency Point of Contact
4a. E-mail Address
5. Description of Firearm
a. Name and Address of Original Manufacturer and/or
b. Type of Firearm
c. Caliber or Gauge
d. Model
Importer of Firearm (if any)
(See definition)
(Specify one)
e. Length
f. Of Barrel:
g. Overall:
(Inches)
h. Serial Number
i. Additional Description (Include all numbers and other identifying data to include maker's name, city and state which will appear on this firearm)
(use additional sheet if necessary)
6. Location Where Firearm is Usually Kept
7. From Whom was Firearm Received? (For example, abandonment or from a Federal Surplus program such as 1033)
I CERTIFY THAT the above described firearm is for OFFICIAL USE ONLY and that I have examined this application and, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, it is true, correct and complete.
8. Signature of Authorized Official (See Instruction 1)
9. Name and Title of Authorized Official
10. Date
Space below is for use by the Bureau of ATF - Please do not write below
By authority of the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this application has been examined and the registration of the described
firearm to the government entity described above is:
Remarks:
Approved for Official Use
Disapproved
Authorized ATF Official
Date
ATF E-Form 10 (5320.10)
Revised May 2017
Special Notice
1. If a firearm is registered to the person from whom you obtained it, that
registration shall become a part of the National Firearms Registration and
person may submit ATF Form 5 for the tax exempt transfer of the
Transfer Record. Registration of such firearms has been required since
firearm to you, in lieu of your submission of ATF Form 10. If the
passage of the original National Firearms Act in 1934. On April 15, 1971,
transfer is approved, the restriction on further transfer of the firearm
the Supreme Court decided in the matter of U.S. vs. Freed, et al., and noted
which applies to firearms registered on ATF Form 10 would not apply.
that, "only possessors who lawfully make, manufacture, or import firearms
can and must register them." However, in order to assist law enforcement
agencies, while curtailing the flow of "gangster type" weapons into
2. Title 27 CFR 479.104 provides that any state, any political subdivision
interstate commerce, the cited regulation was promulgated to permit the
thereof, or any official police organization of such a governmental entity
limited registration of firearms by governmental entities for official use
engaged in criminal investigations which acquires for official use a
only. When registration of a firearm on this form by a governmental entity
National Firearms Act weapon not registered to it such as by
is approved, the Bureau will approve subsequent transfer of such firearm to
abandonment or by forfeiture, will register such firearm with the
another qualified governmental entity only, for official use. Otherwise, such
Director by filing ATF Form 10, Application for Registration of
firearm must be destroyed or abandoned to ATF.
Firearms Acquired by Certain Governmental Entities, and that such
Instructions
1. Preparation of this form.
number, please contact the nearest Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives office to have an ATF serial number assigned and placed
a. This form must be submitted in duplicate. The Form 10 may be
on the frame or receiver of the firearm prior to the submission of the
photocopied or a computer generated version (in the same format and
form.
containing all required information) may be used. A fillable version
for download is available at the ATF Website (www.atf.gov)
2. Disposition of this form - The applicant will forward the original and one
copy of the form to the National Firearms Act Division, Bureau of
b. Only one firearm may be listed on each form. If more, an attachment
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 244 Needy Road,
listing may be used, and the serial number field should be noted to
Martinsburg, WV 25405, (304) 616-4500. ATF will return the original
reflect the attachment..
form, showing approval or disapproval, to the applicant. Approval
authorized by ATF will effect the registration of the firearm to the
c. It is preferred that the original and carbon copy be typed, although
governmental entity. The approved form must be retained with the
pen and ink entries are acceptable.
permanent records of the entity. Subsequent transfer of the firearm will
be approved to another qualified governmental entity only.
d. The signature on each copy must be in ink by the agency head. If
signed by another agency member, evidence of the delegation of
3. Firearms Held for Use as Evidence - Firearms being held for use as
authority must be provided.
evidence in a criminal proceeding need not be registered if they are to be
destroyed or abandoned to ATF when no longer needed as evidence.
e. Serial Number - If the firearm being registered does not bear a serial
Definitions
The following types of firearms, whether serviceable or unserviceable, fall
4. Machinegun - Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be
within the purview of the National Firearms Act and must be registered to
readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without
the possessor to be lawfully possessed:
manual reloading, by single function of the trigger. The term also
includes the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any combination of
1. Short-barreled shotgun - Shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches long
parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon into a
or any weapon made from a shotgun having an overall length of less than
machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun
26 inches or a barrel less than 18 inches in length.
can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control
of a person.
2. Short-barreled rifle - Rifles with barrels less than 16 inches long; or any
5. Destructive device - Destructive devices include explosive, incendiary
weapon made from a rifle having an overall length of less than 26 inches
(including so called "molotov cocktails") or poison gas bombs, grenades,
or a barrel less than 16 inches in length.
rockets, missiles, mines, and similar devices. Included in this category
are anti-tank guns, bazookas and mortars and other military type
3. Any other weapon - A weapon, except a conventional pistol or revolver
weapons with a bore of more than one-half inch diameter, other than a
having a rifled bore, capable of firing a shot and being concealed on the
sporting shotgun or shotgun ammunition.
person. Examples include: "pen" guns ostensibly designed to expel tear
gas but which fire fixed ammunition, H & R Handy Guns; Ithaca Auto-
6. Muffler or silencer - A device for silencing, muffling, or diminishing the
Burglar guns; cane guns; and gadget-type firearms.
report of any firearm including any part or combination of parts designed
or redesigned, and intended for use in assembling or fabricating a silencer.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
This form meets the clearance requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information you provide is used to properly identify the registrant
and the firearms to be registered. The form when approved, registers the firearm to the law enforcement agency. The furnishing of this information is
mandatory (26 U.S.C. 5853a).
The estimated average burden associated with this collection of information is 30 minutes per respondent or recordkeeper, depending on individual
circumstances. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden estimate and suggestion for reducing this burden should be addressed to Reports
Management Officer, Document Services Branch, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Washington, D.C. 20226.
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control
number.
ATF E-Form 10 (5320.10)
Revised May 2017

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