ATF eForms has launched! Tap into ATF eForms, now!
*Updated May 20, 2022
What is ATF eForms?
Here is what you need to know about ATF eForms. eForms makes owning an NFA item such as a suppressor or SBR quicker and easier than ever. Central to many silencer owners is the tax stamp process for Forms 1 and 4, and this video will provide an overview to the ATF eForms process.
For many gun owners, they’re looking to grow their collection by adding a short barrel shotgun, rifle, machine gun, or silencer to their firearms collection. By tapping into eForms, your NFA application will be digitized and your ATF wait time should be reduced. This digitization also has the capacity to reduce the likelihood of errors and increase your security.
As the industry leader in NFA products, we are here to help! If you’re wondering how to contact Silencer Shop, we’re available via chat here, email email@example.com, or phone at 512-931-4556. Pro tips and more information about eForms is available on our YouTube channel. Get breaking news on ATF eForms by following us on social or subscribe to our newsletter to get up-to-date notifications! If you have additional questions about eForms, please check out our eForms FAQ page!
How will ATF eForms Reduce Wait Times for NFA Tax Stamps?
Yes, as of December 23, 2021, ATF relaunched the eForm portal to accept submissions of eForm 4. ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 can be submitted via eForms. And this streamlined process will help you get your can in your hands, faster than ever. As of January 3, 2022, Silencer Shop has been actively facilitating the submission of ATF eForm 4s.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Tax Stamp For Suppressor?
Choose your suppressor and trust. Then add an NFA tax stamp and checkout. During checkout, you’ll select a Powered By Silencer Shop Dealer. This dealer will facilitate the submission of the eForm application and you'll pickup your NFA item at this location.
Silencer Shop will send a DocuSign to you. Please ensure all of your information is correct, then digitally sign. This is applicable for all registration methods: Trust, Corporation, or Individual*.
"eForm 4 Ready to Certify Now": Silencer Shop will send an email to you stating that your "eForm 4 is Ready to Certify Now." When you receive it, please contact the Powered by Silencer Shop dealer to set a time to complete this step. If you received the "Ready to Certify" email from Silencer Shop and after contacting the dealer, you aren't able to submit, we're here to help. Just complete this form. All Powered By Silencer Shop dealers have been able to submit eForm 4s since the middle of January 2022, and we'd be glad to reach out to that particular location to remind them about previously provided comms.
Certify With the Powered by Silencer Shop Dealer. You may certify remotely with your dealer if you registered as a Trust or Corporation. Per the ATF, if you registered as an Individual you must certify inperson at your dealer’s place of business. At this stage and for either scenario, you’ll use your username and PIN, so please be sure it’s accessible. Do not share your PIN or other account information with your dealer.
Can I submit my eForm remotely or do you have to submit your eForm in person?
Applicants who register through a Trust or Corporate entity can certify remotely. ATF’s new instructions for individual applicants are a little different. They require Individual applicants to certify in person with their dealer. Your PIN is confidential and when you use the Full Auto™ software at the Powered By Silencer Shop dealer, only you will have access to it.
I have a pending paper Form 4 application, should I withdraw to submit via eForms?
If your application has already been mailed to the ATF, stay the course. ATF has stated that any withdrawals of pending paper applications will result in a one-year delay.
I prefer paper applications, does Silencer Shop process paper Form 4s?
Yes, paper applications are still available. By default, all orders facilitated by Silencer Shop will be electronically submitted to the ATF as an eForm 4. If you prefer to submit a paper Form 4 application, in your Silencer Shop customer portal, select "Paper" instead of "Electronic."
What Does Silencer Shop Ready To Certify Mean?
After you complete your application and the dealer and Silencer Shop Compliance have reviewed/actioned your application, you will receive an email from us that states you’re “Ready To Certify.” When you receive it, please contact the Powered By Silencer Shop dealer to certify the application with them. Upon completion, you’ll receive an email confirmation from the ATF that your application has been “submitted.”
Silencer Shop Accuracy Rate: Preventing You from ATF eForm Rejection
Silencer Shop leads the industry in ensuring fast and accurate submissions and will continue to do so with this new system. The Silencer Shop application accuracy rate is 99.5% (industry average is 60%) and with eForms, accurate submissions are very important. ATF has made clear there will be very little opportunity to fix errors after the eForm 4 is submitted. That means even minor problems with submissions could force you to wait 90 days for processing, just to find out you have an error and must revise your application and then wait another 90 days. Utilizing Silencer Shop’s technology will maximize the likelihood of approval the first time
Full Auto™ is a powerful and ground-breaking eForm-prep software tool. It ensures your eForm and supporting documents are accurately prepared and allows you to easily certify your form without risking “termination” of your eForms account by sharing your confidential PIN. Plus, it handles electronic fingerprints so you don’t have to waste time mailing cards and risking a loss in the mail. Coupled with Silencer Shop’s expert compliance team, the Full Auto™ software minimizes the possibility of errors, which can double your submission time under the new “one chance” eForms system. If a form is found to have missing or incorrect information, the application will be returned to the transferor for correction and returned for processing, which is just not possible in the eForm 4 application, and still maintain a 90-day turnaround. Per the ATF,if theeForm 4 is not 100% completed correctly or it is disapproved it will be returned to you for correction and you will have to resubmit, which will entail an additional 90 day wait time.