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.