Fix a 4473 while buyer is still here

Written by Jarad on March 20, 2023

After the transferee/buyer certifies, signs, dates, and submits an electronic 4473, corrections cannot be made to the 4473 electronically. All corrections for the transferee/buyers sections B and D must be made on the printed 4473 or in your electronic 4473 storage system if you have one.

Corrections to an original printed 4473 can only be made if the firearms(s) have not been transferred to the buyer.

If the transferee/buyer answered a disqualifying question (answered “no” to question 21.a; the transferee/buyer answered “yes” to questions 21.b. – 21.m.; the transferee/buyer answered “yes” to question 21.n.1., and answered “no” to question 21.n.2.) the 4473 cannot be corrected. The transferor/seller MUST stop the transaction and cannot start a background check.

Corrections to sections B and D can only be made by the transferee/buyer.

Corrections to sections A, C and E can only be made by the transferor/seller.

The proper procedure to correct the error is to line out the error, enter the correction, then initial the correction.  It is not necessary to date the correction, because it can only occur on the day of sale.

Any corrections made on the 4473 must match the disposition record in FastBound. 

If the firearm(s) have been transferred to the transferee/buyer, corrections must be made on a copy of the 4473. See our help documentation on fixing the 4473 after the sale here.