Do you need to sign the ATF eForm 1 ATF copy or CLEO copy since it is digitally signed?
When applying for a ATF Form 1 tax stamp using the ATF's eForm website, the ATF will send you a copy of your ATF eForm 1 that indicates that you have digitally signed the application, shown at the end of this article. However, if you read the ATF eForm 1 that was emailed to you applicants email address the instructions indicate:
2. Preparation of Application and Payment of Tax. f. Signatures. All signatures required on ATF Form 1 must be original in ink on both copies.
(1) if the applicant is an individual, the applicant shall sign the form;
(2) if the applicant is a trust or legal entity, a responsible person of the trust or legal entity shall sign the form;
(3) if the applicant is a Federal firearms licensee, a responsible person of the
Federal firearms licensee shall sign the form; or
(4) if the applicant is a government entity, a person who has a authority to sign for the entity shall sign the form.
What are you supposed to do then for ATF eForm 1 applications? Are you supposed to sign the ATF Copy or the CLEO copy of your ATF eForm 1 application? The answer is no. When applying for a ATF Form 1 tax stamp using the ATF's eForm website, the ATF will digitally sign the application for you. If you are an individual applicant, this means that you will send the CLEO copies to your CLEO as is. You won't need to sign the CLEO copies. If you are a gun trust applicant, you will send the CLEO the digitally signed CLEO copies of your ATF Form 1 too. However, the CLEO copy of the ATF 5320.23 will need to be physically signed. Since the ATF eForm 1 system doesn't create the ATF 5320.23 for you.