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National Instant Criminal Background Check System
FFL Quick Reference Guide

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Contact InformationHours of Operation
To Request a NICS Background Check 1-877-FBI-NICS (Option 1) 8a.m.-1a.m.
Eastern Standard Time
7 days a week
(Except Christmas day)
ATF Distribution Center 1-202-648-6420 (ATF Forms)
ATF Licensing Center 1-866-668-2750
Website Information
NICS FFL Website www.fbi.gov/nics-ffl
NICS E-Check Website www.nicsezcheck.fbi.gov
NICS Website www.fbi.gov/nics
Contact the NICS FFL LiaisonLetter Verification Used
by the NICS Section
 

The NICS Section has dedicated a NICS Liaison Specialist to assist you in the following areas:

  • Enrollment
  • Code word changes/modifications
  • Activation and deactivation of NICS privileges
  • Troubleshooting system access
  • Educating the FFLs and their employees on the NICS via telephone or by representing the NICS Section at various conventions and seminars

Contact NICS Liaison Specialist–nicsffl@leo.gov

A-Alpha
B-Bravo
C-Charlie
D-Delta
E-Echo
F-Foxtrot
G-Gulf
H-Hotel
I-India
J-Juliet
K-Kilo
L-Lima
M-Mike
N-November
O-Oscar
P-Papa
Q-Quebec
R-Romeo
S-Sierra
T-Tango
U-Uniform
V-Victor
W-Whiskey
X-X-Ray
Y-Yankee
Z-Zulu
NICS FFL Web Site: www.fbi.gov/nics.ffl
  • FFL Manual
  • Appeal Information
  • E-Check Information
  • Enrollment Information
  • E-mail the NICS FFL Liaison Specialist
  • Sign up to receive NICS messages and updates via E-mail
  • View the NICS Process in Motion Video for the FFL and their customer
  • Appeal and Voluntary Appeal File Information
  • Order NICS Resolution Cards for your Denied and/or Extended Delayed Customers
NICS FFL Quick Reference Guide
What is a business day?

A business day is any 24-hour day beginning at 12:01 a.m. the day after the check was initiated, in which state/federal offices are open. A business day does not include Saturday, Sunday, or holidays.

The table below advises when a firearm can be transferred if no response is received:

NICS Contacted On Can Legally Transfer On*
Sunday Thursday
Monday Friday
Tuesday Saturday
Wednesday Tuesday
Thursday Wednesday
Friday Thursday
Saturday Thursday
*The transfer day may differ depending on holidays and/or state law.
 
Need Documents Fast? Fax on Demand!
Have Documents faxed directly to you!
  • Call 1-877-324-6427
  • Enter Option 4
  • Enter Option 1 for NICS Documents
  • Enter the document number you want faxed
    • 101—Appeal Brochure
    • 102—NICS E-Check/NICS Enrollment Form
    • 103—FBI Guide for Obtaining Your FBI Record
    • 104—Voluntary Appeal File Brochure
    • 106—NICS General Information
    • 107—NICS Resolution Card
  • Enter your 10 digit fax number
  • The documents will automatically be faxed to you
 
March 2013