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MPD Commences Renewals of Firearms Registration

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Approximately 30,000 registered firearms subject to renewal

The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the start of renewals for approximately 30,000 firearms that were registered in the District of Columbia prior to 2011.

Under a 2009 District of Columbia law, firearms registrations must be renewed every three years. Registered firearms owners will renew their registrations over the course of two years, with the renewal date based on the registrant’s date of birth.

MPD has established a simple, streamlined process for registration renewals. Individuals will be mailed a notice from MPD giving them a three-month window to renew their registration. Renewals will be processed at MPD headquarters during regular business hours, as well as evening hours that will be available by appointment only.

Individuals must complete a one-page form to update their address, confirm compliance with District and federal firearms laws, and provide information on the firearms being renewed. In addition, they will be fingerprinted in order to complete an FBI criminal history check.

Regardless of the number of registered firearms an individual is renewing, they will pay a total of $48, which includes a $13 registration fee and a $35 background check fee. Payment can be made by cash, MasterCard, Visa, or money order.

After submitting the renewal form, being fingerprinted, and paying the $48 fee, individuals will be issued a temporary firearms registration certificate from MPD. Upon passing the criminal background check, MPD will mail the individual their firearms registration renewal card, which will be valid for three years from the date of issuance.

Persons who fail to renew their firearms registrations more than 90 days after the three-month window will have their registrations cancelled by MPD. Under District law, possession of an unregistered firearm is a crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

For more information about the firearms registration renewal process, including downloading the application forms, please visit