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ATF Letter Requesting Removal of a SBR/SBS Title 2 Status

If you have a title 2 SBR/SBS you can return that SBR/SBS back to a title 1 rifle or shotgun.  In order to do this you will need to send a letter to the ATF requesting the removal of your SBR or SBS from their records.  Converting your title 2 SBR/SBS back to it's original state is that simple.  Many people might want to sell the upper to a buyer and want to keep the lower for another build.  This is just one scenario that we have come across recently.  We have created a sample letter that you can use to send to the ATF to request the removal of the title 2 status.  Note it is recommended to send your letter either certified or with tracking information from  USPS.


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Attention: NFA Branch
244 Needy Rd
Martinsburg, WV 25405-9431

Removal of SBR/SBS (choose which one applies to you) from the NFRTR

To Whom It May Concern: 

I would like to inform that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, NFA Branch that a [Short Barreled Shotgun or Short Barreled Rifle] that was registered to me on a ATF Form 5320.1 has been permanently returned to a Title 1 status firearm with a barrel that now has a length of [include your barrel length here, must be equal to or longer than 16"].  I am requesting that the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record be modified to reflect this change of status.

Name and Address of Manufacturer:

Model of Firearm: 

Caliber or Gauge:

Type of Firearm:

Length of barrel:________ Now Returned to: _________

Length overall: _________ Now Returned to:_________

Serial number: 

I am sending this letter in duplicate.  I am requesting that a copy of this letter and letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, NFA Branch stating that the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record has been modified to reflect the change of status will be returned to me at the following address:

Name and Address.

Thank you, 

Your Name

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