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Complete Firearms Registration Procedures

  1. Complete MPD’s Application for Firearms Registration Certificate (PD-219).
    • Download form PD-219 (mpdc.dc.gov/page/firearms-registration-forms), pick up a copy at MPD office, or contact MPD 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.
  2. Bring the completed PD-219 to the MPD, along with:
    • 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, and until 10 days after the initial date of purchase.
    • Photo identification.
    • 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).
    • Proof that you have met the District’s requirement for a firearms safety training course. This requirement can be met by producing:
      1. A certificate of completion for MPD’s online Firearms Safety Training Course. This course is available, free of charge, at mpdc.dc.gov/firearms, and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you do not have access to a computer, you may use one at the office of the Firearms Registration Branch.
      2. Evidence that you have received firearms training in the United States military.
      3. A license from another state which requires firearms training equal to that provided by MPD. Examples include, but are not limited to, a license or certificate for hunting or armed service as a special police officer.
      4. Evidence that you have otherwise completed a firearms training or safety course conducted by a firearms instructor that, as determined by the Chief, is equal to that provided by the MPD.
  3. Certify, in writing, that you are not legally blind.[1]
  4. Pay the appropriate fees (see District Government Fee Schedule below).
  5. Be fingerprinted for your background check.
  6. If you are applying for a business bring a business license and proof of occupancy.

 

MPD will notify you once the application is approved.

  1. If you are registering a firearm that you already own, your registration process is complete. You can pick up your registration certificate or request that it be mailed to you.
  2. If you are registering a firearm that you have just purchased, your registration process is complete, and MPD will contact you to schedule an appointment to retrieve the firearm.

District Government Fee Schedule

  • Application for registration: $13
  • Fingerprinting / FBI Background Check: $35
  • Concealed Carry Pistol License: $75

Fees must be paid at the time of application, and can be paid only by cash, debit, or credit card (Visa/Mastercard).


Notes

[1] Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 7-1009(1), the term "blind person" means, and the term "blind" refers to, a person who is totally blind, has impaired vision of not more than 20/200 visual acuity in the better eye and for whom vision cannot be improved to better than 20/200, or who has loss of vision due wholly or in part to impairment of field vision or to other factors which affect the usefulness of vision to a like degree. Pursuant to DC Municipal Regulations § 24-2310.5, if MPD determines there are reasonable grounds to believe that the certification is not accurate, MPD may require the applicant to obtain a certification from a licensed optometrist that the applicant meets the vision requirement.

[2] In accordance with D.C. Official Code § 7–2504.10, the District may charge a fee to recover the cost of acting as a federal firearms licensee pursuant to subsection (a) of this section by charging $125 for each handgun.