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Firearm Registration: Complete Registration Procedures

Step 1: Complete MPD’s Application for Firearms Registration Certificate (PD-219).

The form is available through DC FFLs, or through FRS. You can pick up a copy at the FRS office or contact FRS to request that a form be mailed to you. Fill out the “Purchaser/Owner’s Name” of the form. If you are buying a new gun, the SELLER of the gun will complete Section A of the form. The form must be signed by both the purchaser and seller in the presence of each other.

Step 2: Bring the completed PD-219 to the FRS, along with the firearm, if appropriate.

If you are purchasing a firearm, the dealer cannot release the firearm to you until you have completed this process and return with a valid registration certificate. Also bring:

  • Proof of residency in the District of Columbia (e.g., a valid DC operator’s permit, DC vehicle registration card, lease agreement for a residence in the District, the deed to your home, or other legal document showing DC residency).
  • DC Concealed Carry License holders must register any firearm that is carried in conjunction with their license in the District of Columbia. License holders may include out of state residents, in which case the license holder must show proof of residency in the state within which they reside.
  • District of Columbia Business owners may also register a firearm to their business premises. A business license and occupancy permit may be used as proof of business in the District.
  • Proof of identity. The standards for proving this are the same as at the Department of Motor Vehicles; you must provide either ONE (1) primary source document or TWO (2) secondary source documents.
    • Primary Sources: ONE (1) required and must provide original document
      • Social Security Card bearing applicant's full name, social security number, and signature
      • Social Security Administration verification printout reflecting applicant's full name and social security number
    • Secondary Sources: TWO (2) required and must provide original document
      • Payroll statement issued within the last 12 months reflecting applicant's full name and social security number
      • Valid U.S. Military discharge papers (DD-214)
      • Valid health insurance card reflecting applicant's full name and social security numberValid identification card issued by government agency (excluding motor vehicle issued driver license / identification card) reflecting applicant's full name and social security number
      • IRS W-2 (wage and tax statement) issued within the last 12 months
      • Original letter or correspondence from the IRS or DC Office of Tax and Revenue issued within the last 12 months
      • Government-certified copy of Federal or State tax return filed within the last two years

NOTE: As of July 1, 2012, residents will no longer be required to take a training course in order to register a firearm. Instead, applicants will be required to watch a video on firearm safe handling provided free of charge by the District, or to substantiate that he or she has otherwise met the minimum requirements as noted above.

Step 3: Certify, in writing, that you are not legally blind.

Step 4: Pay the appropriate fees (see chart below).

Step 5: Be fingerprinted for your background check.

Step 6: Once the application is approved (generally within five days), the FRS will notify you.
You can pick up your registration certificate or request that it be mailed to you. If you are registering:

  • A firearm that you already own, your registration process is complete.
  • A firearm that you have just purchased, you must bring your certificate to the dealer to retrieve the gun, and your registration process is complete.

District Government Fee Schedule

  • Total: $48
  • Fingerprinting / FBI Background Check: $35
  • Application: $13

Fees must be paid at the time of application, and can be paid by cash, check, money order or Visa/Mastercard. Money orders and personal checks should be made payable to “DC Treasurer.”

In addition to the fees charged by the government, there are private sector fees in this process. Anyone purchasing a firearm outside of the District will need to transfer the firearm through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). At the time of the printing of this guide, the current charge is $125 per firearm. Please check with the FFL to verify current charges.

Anyone registering a first firearm before July 1, 2012, is required to take a firearms safety course. The price for the course is set by the trainer, but may cost $200 or more. Please note that as of July 1, 2012, registrants will no longer be required to take this course. Instead, applicants will be required to watch a video on firearm safe handling provided free of charge by the District.