Fix a 4473 after the transaction has been completed

Corrections to an original 4473 cannot be made if the firearms(s) have been transferred to the buyer and the 4473 has been completed by the seller, Q34-Q36 have been signed and dated.

If the 4473 has not been completed by the seller, you can make the corrections on the original 4473. See our help documentation.


If the FFL or the buyer discover that an 4473 (or an e-4473) is incomplete or improperly completed after the firearm has been transferred, the FFL should photocopy the inaccurate form (or e-4473) and make the necessary additions or revisions to the photocopy. 

Corrections can only be made to a copy of the form 4473.

The FFL can only make changes to Sections A, C, and E. 

The buyer can only make changes to Sections B and D. Yes, you must get the buyer to return and make their corrections.

Strikethrough the mistake, on the copy, using a single line and initial and date all corrections on the copy. 

The person who made the changes must initial and date the changes. The corrected photocopy should be attached to the original Form 4473 (or e-Form 4473) and retained as part of the FFLs required records.

After you make the corrections to the 4473 you will need to update the disposition record in FastBound to match your corrections.

ATF’s long-standing position had been that a photocopy of the entire Form was to be made when making a correction. On January 8, 2020, FFLGuard received — in writing from ATF — that only affixing the page of correction was necessary.  This more economical and conservation-conscious method of F4473 corrections should be utilized by all FFLGuard clients going forward.