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What documents do I send to the ATF for my ATF Form 1?

Purchase and Mailing Checklist for the ATF Form 1.


Purchase and Mailing Checklist 

Use our example forms above to carefully complete (2) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Form 1s (5320.1) and sign in blue or black ink.

Identify your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) for your county. 

Write a $200 check to the BATFE, this is for the purchase of your Tax Stamp.  You can also pay by cashier's check or credit card.  See the ATF Form 1 for more payment options. 

Using the mailing checklist below, mail your completed paperwork to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and your Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO).

Mailing Documentation for your CLEO (Chief Law Enforcement Officer):

(1) BATFE Form 1 (5320.1) - Note: from your ATF Form 1 these are pages 10 through 12. (Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm).

(1) BATFE Form 5320.23 - Note: from your ATF Form 1 these are pages 3 through 4(National Firearms Act Responsible Person Questionnaire) from all Responsible Persons.  

Each other responsible person of the gun trust, if applicable, will mail the below to their CLEO.

(1) BATFE Form 5320.23 - Note: from your ATF Form 1 these are pages 3 through 4 (National Firearms Act Responsible Person Questionnaire) 

Mailing Documentation for the BATFE:

(1) Stapled Photocopy of NFA Gun Trust Documentation. (you can purchase this here).  Include a copy of any and each amendment(s) in your NFA Gun Trust.  If you don't have any gun trust amendments, then this doesn't apply to you. 

(1) $200 Check made out to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for your Tax Stamp.  You can also pay by cashier's check or credit card.  See the ATF Form 1 for more payment options. 

(1) Original BATFE Form 1's (5320.1) - Note: from your ATF Form 1 these are pages 1 through 3. (Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm).

(1) Original BATFE Form 1's (5320.1) - Note: from your ATF Form 1 these are pages 7 through 9. (Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm).

(1) Original BATFE Form 5320.23 - Note: you need pages 1 through 2 for each Responsible Person that is active in the gun trust and located on your gun trust.  This includes: settlor and all co-trustees.  (National Firearms Act Responsible Person Questionnaire).  You need to include the below bulleted items with your BATFE Form 5230.23.

  • Affix (1) Passport Photo - 2x2 to Item 3e on Form 5320.23. This applies to every 5320.23 you are submitting to the ATF.  Use a paperclip to affix the passport photo to your ATF Form 5320.23. 
  • (2) Original FBI Form FD-258's (Fingerprint Card) from all Responsible Persons.  Use a paperclip to affix the Original FBI Form FD-258's to the ATF Form 5320.23. Fingerprints must be submitted on Fingerprint Identification Cards, FD–258 that have been issued by ATF. The fingerprint cards must contain the following ORI information: WVATF0900; ATF–NATL EXPL LIC, MARTINSBURG WV. These fingerprint cards may be obtained by contacting the Federal Explosives Licensing Center at 877-283-3352 or the ATF Distribution Center at 703-870-7526 or 703-870-7528. The fingerprint cards must be completed by your local law enforcement authority. Source ATF, "How do I get my fingerprints taken?".

Mail your BATFE paperwork and a copy of your NFA gun trust to:

National Firearms Act Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
P.O. Box 530298
Atlanta, GA 30353-0298


Information located within this article is current as of June, 2017. 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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