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FFL License Types

Jul 31

FFL License Types

Before applying for an FFL license, it’s important to know which type is going to suit your needs the best. The different types of licenses allow you to be a ffl dealer of different types of weapons or provide different types of services. And so, without further ado, here are the various types of FFL licenses:

Type 01 FFL – Dealer in Firearms / Gunsmithing (firearms repair)

This license allows you to buy, sell, and repair firearms. This is the most basic of FFL licenses and what you would find most gun shops have. Its $200 to apply, and $90 to renew every three years. Some limitations of the license that we cover in more detail, this type is dropping in popularity.

Type 02 FFL – Pawnbroker

This license allows you to do everything a type 01 does but is for pawnshops. Consignment of firearms. These license types are inspected much more frequently for obvious reasons.

Type 03 FFL – Collector of Curios and Relics

This license, also known as a C&R, is solely for adding antique firearms to your personal collection of curio and relic firearms. It does not allow you to both buy and sell (for that you’d need a type 01). Also, this license has a different application form, which is explained further in the guide. The one good thing about this license is that it is only $30 to apply and $30 to renew.

Type 06 FFL – Manufacturer of Ammunition for Firearms

This license allow you to only manufacture ammunition, other than ammo for destructive devices or armor piercing ammo. Unless the only thing you want to do is manufacture ammunition, we suggest getting a type 07 and cover how to do this.

Type 07 FFL – Manufacturer of Firearms & Ammunition

This license is the “biggest bang for your buck” type. It allows you to do everything a type 01 does (buy, sell, and repair) but also allows you to assemble and manufacture. This license is perfect for the person who wants to assemble or manufacture AR style rifles, as we find is very popular among our members. A type 07 license is $150 to apply and $150 to renew every three years. We cover the additional steps and potential options on how to get approved for this popular type of FFL.

Type 08 FFL – Importer of Firearms/Ammunition

The type 08 license allows you to import firearms (other than destructive devices) and ammunition (other than ammunition for destructive devices or armor piercing ammunition).

Type 09 FFL – Dealer in Destructive Devices

Destructive devices include grenades, firearms with a bore of over one half inch, including some semi-automatic shotguns. Although destructive devices are legal, some states have banned transfers to civilians. This license is $3,000 to apply.

Type 10 FFL – Manufacturer of Destructive Devices, Ammunition for Destructive Devices, or Armor Piercing Ammunition

Exactly as the name states. This license is $3,000 to apply.

Type 11 FFL – Importer of Destructive Devices, Ammunition for Destructive Devices, or Armor Piercing Ammunition

Once again, exactly as the name states. This license is also $3,000 to apply.

That covers the basic synopsis of the different types of FFL licenses. They are covered more fully in the guide. As you might guess, there are certain types we recommend over others.

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Comments

  1. Is there a class of license that would allow a dealer to purchase post 86 Machine guns? I currently have an 07 and an SOT

    • yes, this is covered in the Class 3 section of the guides

    • yes, you can buy post 86 with SOT

  2. What type off FFL is required to coat refinish firearms at my place of business? thanks.

    • type 1 or 7, both covered in the guides

  3. Fantastic suggestions , I am thankful for the analysis – Does anyone know where I might get ahold of a template ATF 5310.12 document to fill in ?

    • Yes, in the FFL123.com member’s area.

  4. If I get a type 07, do I have to register with ITAR?

    • Not necessarily, we cover this in our guides. I have an 07 and never paid ITAR.

  5. If done properly and approved what are the cost for type 07 and a SOT?

    • First step is FFL, ATF charges $150 to apply and this covers you for 3 years.

  6. Can I use a type 8 license to purchase fire arms for friends and get all of us a better deal or is it only on the type 1 license, will be doing this from my home , just curious.
    Thanks
    Charles

  7. Hi iam planning in buying a gun trust iam in Florida with the gun trust will be able to own 86 sample machine guns and ar15 selectfire lowers also will be able to have gunsmithing work done on rifles in the trust that have converted to fullauto

    • Trust can hold silencers, machine guns, short barreled rifles. Only pre-86 in a Trust.

  8. yes,is there any license I could get to buy guns for myself…if I have a felony record…Even though the felonies DID NOT include any weapons or violence of any type and are over 40 years old…Thanks,George

    • need to get gun rights restored sir.

  9. Hi Brandon,
    I am reading a lot about the ATF not issuing home based FFLs, or at least tightening up on the number they issue. Has the success rate dropped in the past year or so in getting a home based ffl?

  10. If I want to ceracoat and mix and match A.R parts for more personalized guns to sell what kind of license do I need?

  11. Brandon,
    I am a gunsmith and ammunition manufacturing expert. I could get an FFL on my own quickly. However I am going to purchase your kit. I am not up to speed on some of the latest changes. Your system seems to be laid out well and informative. With that said I have one question.
    I would like to get a home based 07 FFL but I am concerned I will not get it approved. Current residence is in an HOA Nazi camp. Even though my business is internet and mail only…. no foit traffic!
    I was thinking that an 01 would get approved since I don’t have foot traffic and then in a. Lipke months move into a warehouse and upgrade to 07. What do you think about this situation?
    On a side notes I will be ordering your kit first thing in the morning.
    I wish there was a way to get 07 out of home with the promise of not manufacturing Ammo until I get bigger commercial facility. But if you think there is a way to do it out of home for first year that would sure be helpful.
    Thank you

    Sincerely,
    Jason Salvini
    President –
    Aria Ballistic Engineering Inc.
    Washington State

  12. Does the type 08 also allow you the privileges of a type 01, or must you have both types to import and sell?

  13. What type of license do I need to purchase and receive firearms for stage and screen

  14. for selling parts off of non repairable guns…which would be better type 01 or type 07?

  15. Do you need a license to desemble and paint firearms? If so what license type do i need? Can i work under someone that has that license?

  16. Can i do a transfer through an ffl 3?

  17. I just graduated gunsmith school and will be retiring from building furniture in a few years, I plan on building and fixing weapons as a second income , which FFL do I need?

    • See our chapter on license types. Building is the part we need more details on.

  18. If you want the ability to buy, sell, repair and manufacture weapons/ammo along with the ability to import firearms, do you need to apply for a type 07 and 08 together? Thanks for the help.

    • Correct sir, as noted in the guides on FFL types.

  19. Thank you, Brandon. Appreciate the help. Your guide is top notch by the way. Truly a one-stop shop for the right information about FFL and SOT regulations.

    Best,
    Brian

  20. What type of FFL would be needed to buy and sell firearms to Indonesia(non military). Customer has export set up.
    Have you helped this request before…

    Thanks

    • Yes, our guides will cover this sir.

  21. What type would I need to convert semi-auto firearms to full auto/select fire and build full auto/select fire firearms from scratch?

  22. Can I operate from Home as gunsmith with a type 7 ffl and and Class 2 SOT until approved with plans to expand to another location?

    • Hey David! Yes, our guides cover how to do this sir!

  23. Hey, I’m researching this and for the destructive weapons licenses, do you need to pay a $3000 renewal fee? The resources I found online were not helpful for that. Also, If I get the destructive weapon manufacture/import licenses, can I make/import/sell other weapons?
    Thanks for your time

    • Yes, license is expensive. Yes, covers DD and non DD items.

  24. 1.The number of F.F.L.s total is, correct is:,(56,577)(01)&(02)& 0.01% is (09) & (01) with tax Stamp is make it N.F.A. License to; count is on 12/16/2016 A.D.

  25. 1.There certain F.F.L.s Licensees is off limit too! The 0.99% of regular Gun Dealers (01)(02) The Class-3 Full AUTO Gun an (01 With a Tax Stamp is also N.F.A. License too.Dealers Is (09) option Gun Dealers Stop Here! Ne feather then this point too! do you agree?? can’t be Trusted! At All!!! Is 1. The Import & Export Licensees- (08)& (011) is N.F.A. Rules do apply too! The Class-2 Rules for mgs: is ammo is (06) Gun MFG is (07):,& (010)is N.F.A. rules do apply too. agree! Therese are,corp. company I.N.C.companies F.F.L.Licences only too! They are not an Gun Dealers Licences is no more too. The Rules been change to class-2 Rules by the A.T.F. Rules from Class-1 To Class-2 regulations to be the right way to Busineses the legal way too! do you Agree?? Me answer is Yes!!!

    • Not sure I understand the question sir.

  26. I am interested in getting a FFL license, I intend to sell and assemble/ manufacture custom 1911’s, so i would need a class 07 Correct?? also would love a class 3, but I live in New York and i have been told that New York will not allow Class 3 licenses, is this true??

    • Yes, you can get a Class 3 in NY. Would be limited to government sales and out of state sales mostly.

  27. Hi Brandon,
    I am about to pull the trigger on your combo guide, but have a question you may be able to to answer. I am Active Duty Air Force stationed in South Dakota (I’m sure you know where). I am and have always been a permanent resident of SD due to the whole Active Duty possess duel residency. I want to get an FFL 07 Class 3/SOT at my father’s residence which is also my permanent home of record. He would also be on the application for the license because I will PCS in a couple years. Would I still be able to maintain a license out of the aforementioned location? Example: Say I deploy again or the military moves me to another state. My goal is to always have my license out of my permanent legal address in SD. While I am out of state I don’t plan of doing any business really. Would my father be able to handle the possible inspection by ATF personnel? Any and all information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Brandon!

    V/r,
    Jake

    • Hey Jake, yes… we can help you accomplish these objectives sir. Ready to start?

  28. Hi again Brandon,

    I am ready to start. I just got off a long midnight shift, but any information you can leave here or email me would be awesome. I did pull the trigger on the combo kit and I am delving into the details, but any info you can provide unique to my sotuation would be amazing. Thanks!

    • Thanks Jake! I will communicate with you directly sir. Brandon

  29. Hello, can a type 1 FFL do work like making a rifle NY compliant? Pinning a cap on a threaded barrel for example.

    Thanks

  30. 1. Only the U.S.A. Treasury Dept of In Charge of (B.A.T.F.E.A. Division Is in charge of the :Applications Fr oms too. They Can issued them out to the applications out to the Customers only too> agree! The Private form is 1-800-123.com too. Can”t do it too. It is illegal too. I do agree! Only Enforcement agency is B.A.T.F.E.A. Division can issued; out the applications for F.F.L.s Licenses only too! P.S. The Apply for State Licence only County Sheriff is Dept of State F.F.L. to sell all Firearms Which the State You Live in to you pay your Texas each of Year when your Texas is due be by April,15, of the new Year too! Do you agree?? Yes? Or Disagree ? Or No? Sir? Or Mam? Asked!!!

  31. Do I need a FFL if I wanted to Duracoat Guns to make some money ?

  32. Thanks for the fast response …and I have one more question which FFL license should I get to Duracoat Guns ?

  33. 1. We from decline of F.F.L.s 56,577 Dealers Retailers . To Less of F.F.L.s Dealers Is 34,788 is now is true. By end of this Year it should be a lot less of 28,288 F.F.L.s Holders Retailers Stores Fronts Smaller Businesses too. Still Dropping way down too.

  34. 1. There Should be Maximum Cap Limit for U.S.A. Government (5000) Dealers peak Limit too . For U.S.A. agree! For State Level Government of 50 States There Maximum Cap is 100 F.F.L.s Retailer Gun Dealers is maxim cap limit for ;Retailer Gun Dealers Stores Fronts too. Agree! It will Be Fewer Guns not as many no the Streets Were Ganges at dead end S treats in Cities, Town Ships, Towns, in counties too. true!!!

  35. I travel extensively all over the globe and often see guns I’d like to purchase for both person use and some I know I can make profit selling which ffl license would I need to allow me to buy and carry home with me or sale and take with on my trip to its final destination?

    • Type 01 FFL, our Basic FFL Guides will cover this sir.

  36. Do you need to be over 21 for a type 7 licences or just over 18

  37. Why would a gun shop and range need to have three Type-1 FFL?

    • Might want more than one license. Yes, might consider other options like 07. Our guides cover all options sir.

  38. I have 2 questions
    First do you have to be a licensed gunsmith to do modifications and if so would a type 7 cover that
    Second is it possible to get a type 7 out of ones house?

    • No, don’t have to be a gunsmith to get an FFL or make repairs on a firearm. Yes, our guides cover how to get an 07 from a residential location.

  39. I’m interested in getting an ammunition manufacturing business started. I’m not going to be exporting/importing ammo or weapons. Be selling mainly at gun shows the first couple years. What all permits/licenses do I need to possess at the Federal level?

    • Yes, our guides at FFL123.com can assist with this sir. In this scenario we normally recommend a manufacturing license for guns and ammo, allows you to do or have ability to do firearms as well. Ready to start?

  40. I was told that an FFL is not required in order to manufacture and sell ammo at gun shows. Is that correct? Plus, I was told there’s another Federal entity that one is required to register with (think it’s letters are DDAC, DDAT or something like that) regardless if you’re exporting/importing or just selling ammo at gun shows and the fee is around $2100 a year. Is this true?

    Yes I’m ready to get started?

  41. No, you need an FFL to make ammo. No FFL to sell in most states.

  42. Hi,
    As a life long student of 3d design and engineering, I would like very much to explore the profession of military weapons design, development, and manufacture. My aim would be government contracts to supply our troops, and I’m told I can do very well in this market. From my current understanding, I will need to atleast start with an FFL-07 and SOT 2, which will allow me to legally prototype, test, and own my new designs for automatic weapons/machine guns, with perhaps other more suitable options available farther along?
    Thank You.

    • Hey Joshua – yes, our guides will cover the requirements needed to meet your planned objectives sir. There are a few additional items, which we cover here… ffl123.com

  43. Do I need a license to sell or transfer my handheld firearm to my own trust?

    • No. I cannot think of any reason why you would want to do this though.

  44. Sorry if this question sounds too obvious, maybe I misread something. I want to be able to ship weapons to my home instead of through an FFL. Everything I’ve read says it cant be 100% for personal use, so is there a quota of number of sales/transfers I need to maintain to keep my license? or could i just make one sale every 3 years or so i have to wait for renewal? I would most likely have to sell on gunbroker, which im fine with but which license would this situation cover?

    • There are no annual requirements. ATF asks for an estimate on number of transfers you have done over 3 years every time you renew. ATF won’t approve for 100% personal use, help friends with transfers and you are fine sir.

  45. Brandon,
    I wish to break into the gun industry. I would like the abilities of a 07, but would like to make some full auto. Does this acquire additional ffls? Also under the company we offer services. Now the kicker. If I manufactured a suppressed full auto sbr, and it doesn’t sell, is the company allowed to keep for “testing” purposes? Testing means personal use under company name

    • Yes, the guides cover how to do this legally sir.

  46. Brandon,
    I am wanting to take my personal collection to a new level. I have only the form 4 stuff(sbr) and suppressors. I am wanting to collect any and all pre and post ban samples full auto and semi.
    ( dealer samples as well) What would be the ideal FFL License Type?
    Thanks

    • SOT plus FFL does allow for acquiring dealer samples

  47. Brandon, also I should have added I would like to be able to buy suppressors and eliminate the trust route. Pulling the trigger as soon as I get a reply.
    Thanks

  48. Form 3 from wholesaler to dealer are now essentially instant. We order silencers from our wholesaler and they are shipped the same day.

  49. 1. There Should be maxim Cap Limit on N.F.A. Gun Dealers is (09) F.F.L.s too. Do you Agree? In the Western States & Midwestern States in all No more then( two) Class-3 Is (09) Retailers too! In the Eastern States There Should Be Only States With high population States only is no more then (two ) N.F.A Gun Dealers Retailers is Class-3 is (09) F.F.L. License only too! All the Other N.F.L Gun Dealers is (09)There License Is Class-3 Renewal Class-3 License Rentals will Cut off too! Is N.F.A License is (09) F.F.L.s to only too! The complaint is to many Class-1 is Regular Gun Dealers only too. & To many Pawn Shop Junk Dealers of Class-2 License With Class-3 Is N.F.A License is (09) F.F.L.s too! The Pawn Shop & Gun Dealers is Off Limits to Class-3 Is N.F.A License too! Reason is They Can”t be Trusted with this N.F.A. License too! Reason is : Criminals do Shop there a lot too! It true! This is Reason is The Pawn Shop Junk & Gun Dealers is Limited with Class-2 Is (02) F.F.L. License only too! & State License by the Issues by Country Sheriffs Dept State License Dept they Live In too. They Do Business too. ! True! Theses Gun Dealers N.F.L. License is only (09) Only too! Automatic Weapons too!

  50. I’m debating on which class to get. Id like to be able to buy sell trade regular firearms and machine guns. I also want to deal in suppressors and do transfers for friends and there are only a few places near me who do transfers and most are overpriced. My thinking is offer a better price more business comes in…. right? Which class or classes would you suggest for this endeavor?

    • Need FFL & SOT (Class 3). Our combo guide will be perfect sir!

  51. Brandon. I am very impressed with your site here. I do have a couple of questions and I am hoping you can guide me in the right direction here. First, do you know what language I should use in order to set up a trust. I have a few reasons for this. I want all my family members to able to handle and shoot all the guns and associated accessories.This leads to the question of which license do I need to fulfill the following. I have an aunt who owns an automatic weapon and wants to give it to us (we live in the same state). I want to install a selector switch on my Glock so I can shoot semi or full auto. I will be purchasing more than one silencer. Finally, I want to reload my own ammo since our collection is growing and I just want to keep costs down.

    • Class 3 (SOT) is needed to deal in NFA items (silencer, machine guns). Our combo guides will cover this sir!

  52. Hey Brandon I am wanting to get my Type 7 FFL for buying selling and assembly of firearms. Is it possible to get it at a residential address? And later on after business picks up is will I be able to get my class 3 SOT for suppressors? thanks

    • Yes, this is how 95% of our customers start sir. Ready to get started sir?

  53. We currently have an 01 FFL – could you advise on how to switch to an 07? We are in the midst of being an SOT and would like to manufacture in the future. Any and all help is appreciated!

    • Yes, our guides cover this. Are you an FFL123.com customer?

  54. Hi Brandon – I am not an FFL123.com customer.. yet. Would I need the FFL & SOT package or simply the SOT package? I already have an FFL but would technically need to submit a whole new application. Thanks!

  55. If you already have an FFL, just need the SOT package. If you need help getting more or better wholesaler connections or free software to manage your A&D Book, the FFL Combo would only be $15 more. Excited to assist you! Brandon Maddox

  56. I want a Type 7 Class 2 SOT, but I also want to import/export. Can I import/export with that alone? Do I have to get the FFL first? What is the other subset class/type to import/export? How much is the total cost?

    • Yes, FFL is first and then SOT. Cannot import with 07, need the 08. ATF charges $150 to apply and covers you for 3 years. Ready to start?

  57. Hi Brendan I bought the FFL 1 2 3 guide and I am happy to report that I am now FFL license owner. My only question is this I was told that I did not need 01 and 08 license together that the 08 license will do but my license came with a card at the bottom that says not valid for sale or other disposition of firearms and that left me confused so I called the ATF 1-800 number and they told me that I needed both and my local ATF told me that only the 08. So I’m extremely confused and why would my license say at the bottom not valid for sale or disposition of firearms

  58. Brandon,
    Can you adjust or inform those that get a Type 6, 7, 8 ect that they may fall under the ITAR registration requirement… last I checked it was over $2,250/year…
    Thanks

    • Yes, we cover how to get exceptions to this.

  59. What would I need to get in order to buy or convert modern machine guns

    • Covered in Combo Guides sir.

  60. Brandon,

    I am confused regrading type 1 and 7. If I want to buy/sell guns and ammo, but also build guns from parts and sell them, do I need a type 7 because I am buying the gun in parts and putting it together? I have no plans to make or design my own parts. I plan to buy all the parts from established manufactures and assemble them. Will type 1 work? Lastly, is there any reason to get a type 3 with either 1 or 7?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Yes, our guides will clear this up for you sir. We have an entire chapter to discuss pros and cons of each. Just read the chapter on FFL Types.

  61. Hi, What type of license would I need to make improvements to a semi-auto that could potentially make it full auto… Not necessarily looking at it going full auto but, potentially it could. Nothing illegal like the lightning link and nothing really for my personal use. I’m an electrical engineer and have an idea on automating the triggering mechanism and would like to begin working on a proto-type.
    Thanks
    David

    • Yes, our combo guides cover this sir.

  62. Mr.Maddox
    i think i am going to start with FFL 1 a $200 atf fee and when the budget allows add the SOT $500 atf fee later. which one of your guides will give me the best deal and access to all of your resources for a home based FFL.

    • Combo Guides at $54.99. Look at 07, only $150 for 3 years.

  63. Thank you sir
    combo guide it is! my application woutld be for FFl 1 and FF07 with a total fee of $350.

    • Nope, just do 07 and it covers buying, selling, making.

  64. so FFL 07 would do the same thing as FFL01 + SOT Class 3
    i can deal / possess NFA weapons? that would be a hell of a lot cheaper FFl 07 $150 vs FFL01 $200 + SOT Class 3 $500 {every year}

  65. With an FFL07, would I be able to purchase a new machine gun from another FFL dealer? Also, to deal in NFA class 3 weapons (suppressors, SBR’s, etc..) I would need to apply for an SOT class 3 license? Just doing research before buying your guide. Thanks…

    • Yes, our guides cover FFL 07 and SOT 02. The 07/02 will indeed allow making and buying NFA weapons, like machine guns. Ready to start?

  66. Some states do require an FFL to sell ammo, but not many. FFL often helps you buy it cheaper from wholesalers.

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