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Firearms Registration and License to Carry

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.

ALERT: Modified Operations to MPD Headquarters Begins Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency responsible for registering firearms in the District of Columbia. By being familiar with the law and the process, you will be able to quickly and easily register your weapon and ensure that you are in compliance with the District’s laws regarding proper registration and safekeeping of your weapon.

Service Contact: 
Firearms Registration Branch
Contact Phone: 
(202) 727-4275
Office Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm