ATF Wait Times

These statistics are auto-generated from our most recent approvals

Even though it’s impossible to know exactly how long ATF wait times will be in the future, the best indicator is typically to look at what’s currently being approved.

Average Wait Times - Compiled Over the Last 3 Months

Please Note: The preceding table is comprised of real time user data provided by NFA Tracker.

Data Legend

  • F1: Form 1
    • These are forms filed to manufactur your own NFA item.  These forms are most often used to register an existing lower reciever (already in your possession) into a "Short Barreled Rifle."
  • F4: Form 4
    • These are forms filed to transfer an NFA item (in this case, a silencer) from a dealer's inventory to an individual/trust/corporation.  For many of you, this will be the metric to keep an eye on.

Form 3 Approvals

Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at these numbers:

1) This data tracks the time it takes from the point where an application was dropped into the mail or submitted electronically, right up to the point where the envelope with the tax stamp is opened.

We also track the check being cashed for paper forms

2) NFA examiners are no longer assigned by state; and, it’s even likely that multiple submissions going in at the same time will not go to the same examiner. Because of this change, the metrics are no longer as state specific as they were in the past.

3) This data is collected on NFATracker.com and is indicative of the times seen across the country.

4) This information is based on approvals we’ve received over the last few days, and is updated daily. If there is an item with no data, that means no forms of that type were approved during the time span we’re sampling.


ATF EForms  Status

As of April, 2014 the ATF has not been accepting new Form 4 submissions via eForms.

All Form 4 transfers will be submitted via paper until eForms is updated. There is currently no information regarding if/when that may happen.