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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: 4473 Forms


If a customer innocently answers a question on the 4473 form incorrectly or omits an entry and the licensee notices the error after the transfer, what is the correct procedure to rectify the error?

If the licensee discovers that a Section A or C of a Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473, is incomplete or improperly completed after the firearms have been transferred, the licensee should immediately contact the transferee (buyer) and request that they return to the store to correct the form.  When the buyer returns to the store, the FFL should photocopy the page(s) that need correction and have the buyer make the necessary changes to errors or omissions in Sections A and/or C on the copy and initial and date them.  The customer is the only person who can make any changes in Sections A and C.  In cases where the licensee made an error or omission in sections B and/or D the person who made the errors should make the changes on a photocopy and should initial and date them. The corrected photocopy should be attached to the original ATF F 4473 and retained as part of the licensee’s permanent records.