Enrollment Instructions for Federal Firearms Licensees

As a new Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), you need to enroll to use NICS for background checks on possible firearms transfers to your customers.

How to Enroll 

Complete the NICS Enrollment Form (PDF) or the electronic form. Once your enrollment form is processed, you can run background checks over the phone. To run a NICS check over the phone, call 877-324-6427 and select option 1.

To register for the NICS E-Check to complete online background check, our fastest and easiest option:

  1. Select Register to Use the FBI NICS E-Check.
  2. Once the form is completed, click Registration and sign the form (two signatures are required).
  3. Send via fax or e-mail to the contacts listed under #12 in the instructions.

Registering Your Employees for NICS E-Check 

  • When registering for the NICS E-Check, submit only one registration. The employee listed on the form will be the initial primary user and can create accounts for other employees. This employee is chosen by the owner or responsible person to handle the completion of the NICS background checks. (The employee does not have to be the owner or responsible person for the FFL.)
  • The FFL may designate additional employees to be primary users, and they will also be able to create and modify accounts.
  • You will receive an e-mail with your new login ID and instructions on how to get your temporary password and complete the enrollment.
  • Any employees using NICS E-Check must review and sign the Acknowledgement of Responsibilities Form and keep it on file at the business.


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