We're proud that working with Silencer Shop is the easiest way to own a firearm suppressor. A lot of the simplicity of our process can be credited to our Silencer Shop kiosks — a reliable army of more than 1,200 units distributed throughout the country in the shops of partner dealerships.
What is a Silencer Shop kiosk and what is it good for? This blog post is here to discuss all you can and cannot do with kiosks!
What Kiosks Are Used For
Kiosks are your one-stop shop for securely collecting all the demographic and identity documentation you'll need for your suppressor application. When you purchase a suppressor and tax stamp on our website, you'll be given the opportunity to choose an FFL/SOT dealer near your house with a Silencer Shop kiosk. When that process is complete, you'll receive a QR code via email and text message to bring with you to the dealership to start your kiosk experience.
Fingerprinting: All NFA applications require a complete set of fingerprints, including both "slap" fingerprints and rolled fingerprints. Silencer Shop kiosks include a fingerprint scanner which allows you to scan and submit those fingerprints to our secure servers hassle-free — no ink and paper required.
Demographic info: After the fingerprinting process is complete, the kiosk will prompt you with questions to walk you through all the demographic information you'll need to submit as part of your application.
Registration method: You'll also have the opportunity to choose the method by which you'd like to register your suppressor (e.g., trust, corporation, or individual). You can read more about the differences here, but if you haven't made up your mind, you can skip the decision for now. If you are submitting as a trust or corporation, your co-owners can submit their demographic information now as well, if they are with you. If they didn't accompany you, they can submit their information at a later date.
Photo: The kiosk cannot take a passport photo for you. But while you're there, it will guide you to download the Silencer Shop app and follow the instructions to take and submit a compliant photo on your smartphone.
Signature: Show us your best digital cursive to top it all off.
With all that demographic information submitted, we'll get to work! Once we've compiled and manually double-checked your info, we'll share a completed Form 4 with you for final approval.
What Kiosks Are Not Used For
Let's start by clearing up some misconceptions, starting with the most off-the-mark one. Kiosks at McDonald's don't distribute cheeseburgers. Silencer Shop kiosks don't distribute suppressors — sorry.
As mentioned before, Silencer Shop kiosks don't have a built-in camera for taking a passport style photo — but the Silencer Shop smartphone app has you covered in that regard.
Further, Silencer Shop kiosks are not where you go shopping for and purchase a suppressor and tax stamp. Those purchases are best completed at home on your trusty computer or with your awesome neighborhood dealer.
Lastly, kiosks are not made for submitting your finalized Form 4 application. That step, also completed on your computer, comes later in the process.
Without Silencer Shop, owning a NFA item is complicated. But with over 1,200 kiosks deployed around the country (and hundreds more en route), Silencer Shop meets you where you are and strives to make the process easy.
And the process gets even easier the second time around — we securely save the information you submit through the kiosk, so subsequent Form 4 applications will take no time at all. With a 4.9 star rating from nearly 21,000 reviewers on Trustpilot, we pride ourselves on getting it right. As always, if you ever have questions, our A+ customer service team is only a chat message, phone call, or email away. Our chat feature allows you to pepper our customer service team with your questions any time between 9-6 CST.
I love the kiosk option because it simplifies the registration process greatly. But, I do wish that the shops that had kiosks would have to advertise the cost to use them on this site so you can see that when searching for a shop. When I went in to submit fingerprints I was caught off-guard with a $42 charge to use the kiosk.
Hi Travis! We are happy you enjoy the simplicity of using our kiosks. Our kiosks are free to any customer purchasing directly from Silencer Shop (after the purchase of an NFA item is made) and you will also enjoy the benefits of No Transfer Fees and Free Shipping. If you walk into a dealer and purchase directly from them, the dealer may charge a fee for the use of the kiosk, a fee for the transfer of the item, and may also charge a fee for the application filing. The good news is that once the kiosk is used once, you shouldn't ever have to visit it again. From here forward we retain your information for future filings. This means you can place an order online, give us a call and place your order over the phone, or visit any of the dealers in our Powered-By network and place your order in their store and we will submit your Form 4 application. It's never a bad idea to give your selected dealer a call before scheduling a kiosk visit or sending a transfer their way, open communication is the best policy to have when starting an NFA transfer!
Hi CDB! While we hope you always keep us in mind for your suppression needs, we take no offense to you sending business to your local and loyal GS. As long as your chosen dealer is a Powered-By Silencer Shop Partner, we are most willing to assist with your Form 4 application. So to clarify, you don't need to purchase directly from us (that means you most certainly can buy that find of a lifetime machinegun on GunBroker) you just need to: have it transferred to your local Powered-By Silencer Shop dealer, negotiate your transfer fee with said dealer, and then sit back and let us knock out that Form 4 application for you!
Hi J.T.! We'd love to get you started! You can buy your item from our online store along with a tax stamp, and send a copy of your trust to Trust@SilencerShop.com. It's that simple! If there is anything missing or requiring an update/amendment then we will review and email you to advise of the necessary info. If you'd like assistance, use our live chat or call our incredible sales staff to get started! Simply click the bottom right blue button that says Live Chat or pick up the phone and dial (512) 931-4556.