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Can you use a PO Box for your ATF Form Application?

When applying for a tax stamp using the ATF Form 4 or the ATF Form 5, you cannot use a PO Box (Post Office Box) for the address box in 2a labeled: Transferee’s Full Legal Name and Address.  However, if you are applying using the ATF Form 1, you can use a PO Box in box 3b labeled: Applicant’s Full Legal Name and Mailing Address.  But you will need to include a physical address in box 3c labeled: If PO Box is shown above, street address must be given here. In summation, you can't list a PO Box address for the ATF Forms 1 or the ATF Form 4.  You can list a PO Box when using the ATF Form 1, but the ATF will still want a physical address, as well.  Instructions of all three forms and excerpts from the instructions are included below:

ATF Form 4:

d. Completion of Form (NOTE: if the transferee is a Federal firearms licensee except for a Type 03 licensee, items 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 are required to be completed).

(1) The transferor shall provide the transferee’s full legal name to include middle and physical address (no Post Office boxes) in item 2a. If the transferee is a trust or legal entity, show only the complete name of the trust or legal entity and do not include any individual names (such as names of trustees or corporate officials). The address shall be the location within the particular state where the firearm will be maintained for a trust or legal entity. In the case of two or more locations for a legal entity, the address shown shall be the principal place of business within the particular state (or principal office, in the case of a corporation).

ATF Form 5:

d. Completion of Form.

(1) The transferor shall provide the transferee’s full legal name to include middle and physical address (no Post office box) in item 2a. If the transferee is a trust or legal entity, show only the complete name of the trust or legal entity and do not include any individual names (such as names of trustees or corporate officials). The address shall be the location within the particular state where the firearm will be maintained for a trust or legal entity. In the case of two or more locations for a legal entity, the address shown shall be the principal place of business within the particular state (or principal office, in the case of a corporation).

ATF Form 1:

d.  Completion of Form (Note: If the applicant is a Federal firearms licensee except for a Type 03 license, items 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 are not required to be completed.)

(1) The applicant shall provide the applicant’s full legal name to include middle and mailing address in item 3b. If a post office box address is used, the physical address shall be entered in item 3c.If the applicant is a trust or legal entity, show only the complete name of the trust or legal entity and do not include any individual names (such as names of trustees or corporate officials). The address shall be the location within the particular state where the firearm will be maintained for a trust or legal entity. In the case of two or more locations for a legal entity, the address shown shall be the principal place of business within the particular state (or principal office, in the case of a corporation).

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