ATF Form 4473

FastBound Electronic 4473 transforms any computer, tablet, or even your buyer’s smartphone into a compliant 4473 with digital signature support without transaction fees or special hardware requirements. The system is full of legal tips and advice and backed by lawyers who specialize in firearms regulations. The platform is designed to help the gun dealer remain compliant and grow their business through easy and comprehensive access to forms and electronic submission of those forms.

That little fact makes it easy for a firearm purchaser to access the forms needed, and with FastBound, the system helps you fill out the form and highlights errors.

As ATF Form 4473 evolves, FastBound ensures you’re using the latest form, which is essential to staying compliant. Not only does FastBound have the most compliant Electronic 4473 available, but we also work closely with the FFL attorneys at FFLGuard to proactively monitor for upcoming changes to ATF Forms so that you’re always using the latest and greatest. FastBound is widely accepted as an accurate document creation platform and storage system within the firearms industry.

FastBound makes it easy to fill out, submit, and store form 4473. It also makes it easier for gun owners to sell firearms to an FFL. 

Are you squinting and guessing what a customer wrote on their 4473? And then, typing it into your system can be such a hassle. Or maybe you’re considering hiring someone to do data entry to take it off your plate but still keep up with the demand. We have a system for ATF-licensed dealers that will save time and money and meet all the ATF regulations.

Our compliant Electronic 4473 works like this:

  1. You add firearm(s)
  2. Buyer completes and electronically signs their 4473 on any Mac, PC, tablet, or smartphone
  3. Seller performs a background check and completes their sections – which can include an interstate identification index check. The form contains a transaction number to help keep sales separate and additional information.
  4. On to the next sale

You will save time on sales and follow-ups for customers who filled out the form incorrectly or are prohibited users- our system takes care of that. We have the most compliant and user-friendly electronic 4473 on the market that will also save your eyes from the strain of trying to decipher illegible handwriting.

In 2018, according to the ATF, five of the ten most frequently cited violations were related to failures that FastBound is designed to check for and help prevent, including:

  • The transferee did not properly complete Section A, Form 4473 – 27 CFR 124(c)(1)
  • The licensee did not record on Form 4473 the date on which NICS was contacted – 27 CFR478.124 (c)(3)(iv)
  • The licensee did not sign and date Form 4473 – 27 CFR 478.124 (c)(5)
  • Licensee failed to obtain and/or document purchaser’s Identification document – 27 CFR 478.124(c)(3)(i)
  • Licensee failed to properly identify the firearm on Form 4473 – 27 CFR 124(c)(4)

What is Form 4473

Form 4473 is a firearm transaction record that is six pages long and issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It functions in the United States as a way to authorize, check, and allow the transfer of firearms from a seller to a buyer when the seller has a Federal Firearms License (FFL), and the buyer is not prohibited from owning a firearm.

Form 4473, in part, makes sure that the actual transferee has properly verified the buyer’s identity and performed a background check. A straw purchase of firearms occurs when the buyer undergoes a federal background check and buys the gun for someone who cannot pass the background check and is an unlawful user. That process violates federal law, and law enforcement will get involved.

Why it’s Important to Fill Out 4473 Correctly

The FFL can deny the transfer of a firearm for reasonable cause. If the Firearm Transaction Record is not properly filled out, the Federal Firearms Licensee could deny the transfer. Even if the gun is used for recreational purposes, a correct form 4473 must be submitted. The form contains data such as:

  • The buyer’s name, personal information, and residence address.
  • The buyer’s criminal background number or the data to initiate it.
  • The gun’s serial number.
  • Information about the firearm dealer, including the FFL license number. etc.

Someone who does not pass the federal background check is considered a prohibited person and may have arrest records that contain:

  • Felony convictions,
  • Arrests for controlled substances, narcotic drug convictions, or illegal drug dealings,
  • A history of mental illness,
  • Sometimes denial is due to a criminal investigation not yet settled.

If the form is not filled out correctly, a new form will be started for all private individuals. A Federally licensed firearms dealer will be familiar with NICS or their state background check procedures and the rules required for a firearms purchaser to buy guns. Even a licensed importer of guns must follow the rules under the ATF.

Electronic 4473 Digital Storage Now Available!

4473 Cloud is FastBound’s preferred partner for the industry’s leading, ATF-approved, digital storage of electronic 4473s.

4473 FAQs

No, form 4473 must be filled out at the FFL premise or other designated location, such as a gun show. There are some exceptions, but unless the FFL has an approved variance to conduct certain types of business in this manner,  form 4473 must be filled out at the FFL premise or other designated location. FastBound’s FFL software allows you to turn any smartphone, tablet, or computer into a compliant 4473 with no transaction fees or special hardware requirements.

There are a few options for filling out Form 4473 including paper, and the eForm 4473 app from the ATF. Because many of the most commonly cited violations are related to failure to correctly fill out Form 4473, neither of these solutions are integrated with an A&D solution and expose you to risk you don’t need to take. With FastBound, your Form 4473s and A&D records are inseparably linked and you can turn your computer, tablet, or smartphone into a compliant 4473 for customers wherever you do business. Our software will even fill repeated fields, reducing errors, saving you time and effort.

There is no law that requires an FFL to provide you with a copy of the 4473 and there is no law that says you can’t have a copy of the 4473. Most FFLs will gladly provide you with a copy of the form. With most people carrying a high quality camera around in their pocket in the form of a smartphone, it’s easy enough to snap a photo of the form if needed.

Form 4473 is never sent to the ATF.

Licensees are required to keep each 4473 Form indefinitely. If a transfer is not actually carried out, but a NICS background check is performed, the FFL holder must hold on to that Form 4473.

Form 4473 is six pages long (seven pages, starting in 2023) pages long, so it can take some time to fill out completely, especially since you need to be extra careful not to make a mistake. FastBound’s bound book software will expedite the process and check for common mistakes, saving you time and potential trouble should you accidentally make an error.

Lying on Form 4473 is a felony crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Form 4473 was introduced along with the Gun Control Act of 1968. The form has undergone several revisions since then. The most recent revision of Form 4473 was in December of 2022 and is mandatory for use in April of 2023..

ATF Form 4473 is filled out by the FFL holder (transferor) at the beginning of a firearm transfer, then the buyer (transferee), and then completed by the FFL holder (transferor)