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Firearms Registration General Requirements Guide

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.

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 registration and safekeeping of your weapon. 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.

Key Terms Used in this Guide

  • DC Official Code: The laws of the District of Columbia. Individuals may access the current DC Code online.
  • FFL or Federal Firearms Licensee: An entity authorized by the US government to sell and buy firearms.
  • FRB or Firearms Registration Branch: The branch of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) that registers firearms for the public