ATF fingerprint cards (another name for FD-258 cards) are cards that capture your fingerprints as part of your NFA application. For your next suppressor, SBR, or other NFA items, your fingerprints are required when submitting your Form 4, and these cards can be used for that purpose. If you’re wondering how to get FD-258 fingerprint cards, you can order FD-258 fingerprint cards online. When you receive them, you will fingerprint yourself and send that completed card to the ATF via USPS.
However, a faster and more effective way to process your ATF fingerprints for eForm 4 is with the Silencer Shop kiosk. Your physical FD-258 card could get lost in the mail, and when it’s received, it will be scanned by the ATF, which takes additional time. The Silencer Shop kiosk is a resource that is a better way for you to do your fingerprint processing for the ATF. The kiosk has simple, on-screen instructions and a digital touchpad: you’ll be able to see the scan of your prints instantly and save them in your Silencer Shop profile. This will avoid the confusion of attempting to capture your fingerprints at home, by yourself, and then mailing them to the ATF. With the Silencer Shop kiosk, the digital file can be transmitted to the ATF instantly, which saves time and avoids the possibility of damage that is inherent to the US mail.
The best way to create your digital fingerprint file is to locate a Silencer Shop kiosk. These devices have a fingerprint scanner integrated on the touchpad, and with only one visit, the scan will be integrated into your Silencer Shop account, so you can use this file the next time you purchase a suppressor or any NFA item.
Fingerprints for the ATF require two types of fingerprint captures:
“Slap” prints: press fingers in a flat line over the designated area.
“Roll” prints: roll each finger over the designated area.
While you’re capturing your prints and thinking about how to fill out fingerprint card fd 258, note that in addition to two prints of every finger, these documents require you to complete all identifying information, including name, date of birth, height, weight, etc. At the Silencer Shop kiosk, you can electronically provide this information along with your digital fingerprint scan: it’s a one-and-done resource to replace the FD-258.
ATF form 4 fingerprints require specific types of prints from specific fingers and combinations of fingers, both as flat prints and as rolled prints. How do you get good fingerprints? A nearby Silencer Shop Kiosk will guide your hand movements and verify that you’ve captured clear and usable prints. The final step in the process of fingerprinting is transmitting the file to the ATF. When you submit your eForm 4 application to the ATF, the digital file of your fingerprint scan will be included by the Silencer Shop dealer, no action is required on your part and there is no additional cost for this submission.
How to Fill Out FD-258 Fingerprint Cards
Instructions for filling out an FD-258 card:
Wash your hands
Working one finger at a time, roll the finger across an inkpad
Roll your fingerprint in the box designated for that finger
Once every finger and thumb has been individually rolled, re-ink your fingers for the slap print -- all four fingers pressed straight down.
Capture slap prints for your thumbs
In black ink, complete the demographic information* using the codes below
Using the included return envelope, mail your completed card
FD-258 Fingerprint Card Codes
Female Print, Male Reference
Male Print, Female Reference
Hair Color Code
Blonde (or strawberry)
Gray (or partially gray)
Red (or auburn)
Asian or Pacific Islander
Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Polynesian, Indian, Indonesian, Asian Indian, Samoan, or other Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa
American Indian or Alaskan Native
American Indian, Eskimo, or Alaskan Native, or a person having origins in any of the 48 contiguous states of the United States or Alaska who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition
Of Indeterminable Race
Caucasian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Eye Color Codes
Eye Color Code
Submitting your fingerprints for ATF eForm 4 is easy with the Silencer Shop kiosk: it takes as little as five minutes and will integrate with your profile for future NFA items. Printed FD-258 cards are available, but the fastest and most effective way to send your prints to the ATF is with the electronic transfer process powered by the Silencer Shop Kiosk.