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ATF Compliant FD-258 Fingerprint Cards - Walk-Through Guide

How to guide and walk-through guide for the ATF Compliant FD-258 Fingerprint Cards

Any applications for a ATF 5320.1 - Form 1, ATF 5320.4 - Form 4, or ATF 5320.5 - Form 5 postmarked on or after July 13, 2016 must also include Fingerprint cards and passport photos to the application.  Below is our walk-through guide for the required FD-258 fingerprint card.  

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The FD-258 fingerprint card doesn't have reference and box numbers for each box.  Please see the above FD-258 box identification guide to use with the below box numbers. 

Step by Step Walk-Through Guide for the ATF FD-258 Fingerprint Cards.

1.  NAM - Name.  Enter the name obtained from the subject in this field. Abbreviations are not to be used for any part of the name. This format is last name followed by a comma (,) first and middle name, if any. Suffixes denoting seniority (i.e. Jr., Sr., III, etc.) should follow the middle or first name. Do not obstruct this area by using stamps, labels, holes or staples where the name has been printed. 

2a and 2b.  Signature and residence of Person Fingerprinted Block.  Obtain the signature of the person being fingerprinted, in ink. Also, enter the residential address of the person being fingerprinted. 

3.  Aliases (AKA) Block.  Enter other names used by the subject that are different than the name entered in the “NAM” block #1. Also list the signature name as an AKA if different than the name that appears in the “NAM” block. Maiden names and all previous married names of females should be entered in the AKA field, if known. 

4.  Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) Block.  If the ORI number is not preprinted by the FBI/ATF, enter the ORI number, agency name, city and state. The ORI for the ATF is WVATF0800, ATF-NATL TRA CTR, MARTINSBURG, WV or WVATF0900, ATF-NATL TRA CTR, MARTINSBURG, WV.

5.  Date of Birth (DOB) Block.  Enter the DOB in month, day, year format (i.e. MM/DD/YYYY).

6.  Citizenship (CTZ) Block.  Enter “U.S.” if the subject is a citizen of the United States; otherwise, enter the appropriate country. Use the correct abbreviation for foreign countries or correctly spell the name of the country.  “YES” or “NO” responses are not acceptable.  

7.  Sex (SEX) Block.  Sex must be indicated by either “F” (female) or “M” (male).


SEX CODE TABLE

External Code Literal Description
F Female Female
G Female Female Print, Male Reference
M Male Male
N Male Male Print, Female Reference
Y Male Male, Unreported
Z Female Female, Unreported
X Unknown Unknown Sex

 

8.  Race (RAC) Block.   Race must be indicated by using the Race Code below. 


RACE CODE TABLE

External Code Literal Description (If Subject Is)
A Asian or Pacific Islander Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Polynesian, Indian, Indonesian, Asian Indian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander.
B Black A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
I American Indian or Alaskan Native American Indian, Eskimo, or Alaskan Native, or a person having origins in any of the 48 contiguous states of the United States or Alaska who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community. recognition
U Unknown Of Indeterminable Race.
W White Caucasian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

9.  
Height (HGT) Block.  Height must be expressed in feet and inches. Fractions of an inch should be rounded off to the nearest inch. Inches less than ten should be preceded by a zero. For example, five feet four inches should be submitted as “504” and six feet even would be “600”. 

10.  
Weight (WGT) Block.  Weight must be expressed in pounds. Fractions of a pound should be rounded off to the nearest pound. 

11.  
Eye (EYE) Color Block.  Indicate eye color by entering one of the codes from the eye color chart below.

EYE COLOR CODE TABLE

Eye Color Literal External Code
Black BLK
Blue BLU
Brown BRO
Gray GRY
Green GRN
Hazel HAZ
Maroon MAR
12.  Hair (HAI) color Block.  Indicate hair color by entering one of the codes from the hair color chart below.

HAIR COLOR CODE TABLE

Hair Color Literal External Code
Bald BLD
Black BLK
Blond (or strawberry) BLN
Blue BLU
Brown BRO
Green GRN
Gray (or partially gray) GRY
Orange ONG
Purple PLE
Pink PNK
Red (or auburn) RED
Sandy SDY
White WHI
Unknown XXX

13. Place of Birth (POB) Block.  Enter the subject’s state, territorial possession, province (Canadian), or country of birth. Use the correct abbreviation for foreign countries or correctly spell the name of the country. Do not list a county as a POB. 

14.  
Originating Case Agency/Local Agency Identification Reference (OCA/LIR) Block.  If applicable, generally this is left blank.  Enter your agency’s identification or case number for the subject. The OCA must not exceed twenty (20) alphanumeric characters. 

15.  
FBI UCN Number (FBI) Block.  If applicable, generally this is left blank.  Enter the assigned FBI UCN Number for the subject, if known. 

16.  
Armed Forces Number (MNU) Block.  If applicable, generally this is left blank.  Enter Armed Forces number, if known. 

17.  
Social Security Number (SOC) Block.  Enter the subject’s Social Security number, if known. 

18.  
Miscellaneous Number (MNU) Block.  If applicable, generally this is left blank.  The MNU is an identifying number associated with the subject such as U.S. Military Service Number, Passport Number, etc. 

19.  
Date Fingerprinted Block.  Enter the date the subject was fingerprinted in month, day, year format (i.e. MM/DD/YYYY). 
 
20.  Signature of Official Taking Fingerprints Block.  Enter the signature or name of the official taking fingerprints. Also list the official’s ID number if applicable. 

21.  
Employer and Address Block. This is a highly discussed box.  According to the, "Guidelines for Preparation of Fingerprint Cards and Associated Criminal History Information", issued by the U.S. Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Criminal Justice Information Services Division" you are supposed to enter the subject’s potential employer and address of that employer.  According to the ATF this box is supposed to be the name and address of the official who is taking your fingerprints and is what we recommend.  Note: Others have reported that leaving this box blank has worked or using the address of the applicant have worked, as well. 
 
22.  Reason Fingerprinted Block.  Enter NFA Application. 
 
23.  Fingerprint Impressions Block (Individual & Simultaneous).  Care should be taken to roll the fingers from nail to nail when taking the individual finger impressions. This will help ensure legibility. Roll the prints in the correct sequence code (note the right and left hand designations in the finger blocks) and obtain simultaneous plain “flat” impressions at 45 degree angles that do not extend up into the rolled impressions. Indicate amputated fingers, tip-amputated, transplanted toes/fingers, missing at birth, deformed, bandaged, scars, etc., in the appropriate finger block(s). 

You can purchase ATF Compliant FD-258 Fingerprint cards from us that ship same business day if ordered before 3:30pm MST with tracking information here - ATF Compliant FD-258 Paper Fingerprinting Packet/Cards for ATF NFA Paperwork or you can order them from the ATF Distribution Center here - ATF Distribution Center Order Form.  Please note that the ATF Distribution Center is closed and won't be shipping orders until January 8th, 2018.  Orders will ship after January 8th. 

Portions of this walk-through guide are taken from the, "Guidelines for Preparation of Fingerprint Cards and Associated Criminal History Information", issued by the U.S. Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Criminal Justice Information Services Division: Updated 9/30/2016.

Information located within this article is current as of July, 2018. Information located within this article is an original guide created by National Gun Trusts and not to be cited or used without the written permission of National Gun Trusts. 

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