Please read the following instructions to get started with your firearms transfer.
1. Purchase your firearm and have it shipped to us at DCSA (ask us about savings using our partner store NOVA Armory). Please have seller email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of our FFL. They will need to provide a copy of their FFL as well if this is a non-private sale.
2. Once Firearm is received an associate at DCSA will contact you to schedule an appointment to initiate the transfer process. At your DCSA appointment the process will entail:
a. Paying $120 transfer fee per firearm. This is paid in 2 installments. Half when you schedule the initial appointment to initiate transfer process and the other half when you schedule the pick-up appointment.
b. Providing photo identification, proof of residency in the District of Columbia (e.g., a valid DC operator’s permit, DC vehicle registration card, lease agreement for a residence in the District, the deed to your home, or other legal document showing DC residency).
c. Complete phase 1 of your Federal Firearms Transaction Record (ATF-4473)
d. Completion of a National Instant Criminal Background Check (FBI Background Check)
e. Complete MPD Statement of Eligibility
f. Complete MPD Application for Firearms Registration Certificate
3. Next you will be directed to MPD to complete the Firearms Registration Process. The following will be required:
b. Show proof that you met the requirement for Firearm Safety Training Course.
c. Provide 1 form of photo identification (if born outside the U.S. also bring valid passport)
d. Provide 2 proofs of residency in the District of Columbia (e.g., a valid DC operator’s permit, DC vehicle registration card, lease agreement for a residence in the District, the deed to your home, or other legal document showing DC residency)
g. Firearm sales receipt (or document proving ownership)
h. Pay $48 ($13 for application for registration and $35 for Fingerprinting Services)
Please contact the MPD Firearms Registration Branch if you have any additional questions on firearm registration:
MPD Service Contact: Firearms Registration Branch
Address: 300 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact Phone: (202) 671-6705
4. Complete the Firearm Transfer process. With your firearm registered, DCSA will collect your registration documents from MPD. Once this information is received, we will contact you to schedule your close-out appointment to complete the transfer process. Here you will pay the second portion of the transfer fee. At this appointment you will:
a. Complete phase 2 (final) of your Federal Firearms Transaction Record (ATF-4473) providing final signatures accepting firearm
b. Receive your firearm registration certificate and any pertinent document from MPD
c. Take possession of your firearm
FOR PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TRANSACTIONS SEE FAQs
Purchase Firearm & Ship To DCSA
Initiate DCSA Transfer Process
Complete MPD Firearm Registration Process
Complete DCSA Transfer Process