ATF eForm 1 Dates Explained - Created Date, Submitted Date, Finalized Date
When applying for a tax stamp using the ATF's eForm 1 website, you can see the status of your submitted/in progress applications. When you view the applications, you will see the below table. But what does the created date, submitted date, and finalized dates mean? They are indicative of where your application is within the application process. You can also, read our blog article, "ATF eForm 1 Application Statuses Explained." That helps explain the application statuses.
The created date is the date that you completed your eForm 1 application and paid for your eForm 1 application.
The submitted date is the date that your valid cover sheet was emailed to you and starts the 10 business day window to submit your fingerprint cards to the ATF. If your application is in the pending research phase, you won't see a submitted date on the table until your application has been researched and change to submitted/in process. You may have received a cover sheet when you completed your eForm 1 application. But note that you received a blank cover sheet at that time. When your application changes from pending research to submitted/in process, you will receive a new email from the ATF with a valid cover sheet.
The finalized date is the date that your application has been approved. You will receive an email from the ATF on this date with your approved tax stamp.