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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: 4473 Forms


Is the transferee required to provide his or her Social Security Number on the ATF Form 4473?

No. This information is optional. However, providing this information may help ensure the lawfulness of the sale by minimizing the possibility of the transferee being incorrectly identified as a felon or other prohibited person. It may also help NICS process the transaction more quickly. Furthermore, inclusion of the Social Security Number will help differentiate the transferee from any other person with the same name who might come under ATF investigation. [27 CFR 478.124(c)(2)]