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Firearms Registration in the District of Columbia

Sample registerable handgun (Glock 17)

ALERT: Effective January 4, 2021, a new Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) began offering handgun transfer services to the public. Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 7-2504.10, because there are now active FFLs offering services to the public, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will no longer provide handgun transfer services. All new FFL business will go through private FFL dealers. All business originally received by MPD will be completed by MPD.

FAQs about Purchasing a Handgun for Use in the District of Columbia

The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency responsible for registering firearms in the District of Columbia. The Department’s publication, Firearms Registration General Requirements Guide, provides you with the information you need to comply with the District’s laws regarding proper transfer, registration, and safekeeping of your weapon. By being familiar with the law and the process, you will be able to quickly and easily transfer and/or register your weapon and ensure that you are in compliance.

Additional Resources

Firearms Registration Section Contact Information

Firearms registration will take place at MPD Headquarters only. You may not register a firearm at any other MPD facility.

Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters (Main Entrance)
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3058
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 727-4275

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Nearest Metro Stop: Judiciary Square (4th Street Exit)

Federal Firearms Licensees

Federal Firearms Licensees providing commercial services to the public in the District of Columbia: