How to Buy a Silencer as an Individual

Here’s the quick version:

  1. The dealer selling the silencer sends it to your local dealer.
  2. Your local dealer files an ATF Form 4 with your fingerprints and photo.

If you are buying from us online and shipping the silencer, we are the selling dealer.
If you are buying from someone else and transferring the silencer with us, we are your local dealer.
If you are buying from us and picking up the silencer directly from us, we are both dealers.

With that out of the way:

The complete process for buying a silencer:

The first step is transferring the silencer from the store you are purchasing from to the dealer doing your transfer. You won’t need to do any paperwork for this step.

If your residence is in the state of Maine and you can make the trip to Falmouth, you do not need to find a dealer. We can transfer the silencer to you directly.

  • If you are purchasing a silencer elsewhere, and your residence is in Maine, we can be your local dealer. Contact us at or (207) 370-9344 and give us the seller’s contact info so that we can get them our dealer information.

Once the two dealers have contacted each other, we will file the necessary paperwork. Your local dealer will contact you when they are ready to continue the transfer process.

Your local NFA dealer should be able to help you with the following steps:

  • Complete three (3) copies of BATFE Form 4 (5320.4). We recommend you/your dealer use the ATF Form 4 Generator at <> which has been developed by members of the industry and the ATF to reduce the number of errors on Form 4s. Two of these go to the ATF, and one gets sent to your Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO, usually the Chief of Police or Sheriff)

Don’t forget to sign and have your dealer sign all three copies in the required locations. Be sure to fill out the payment information for your tax stamp on the first copy. The second copy and the CLEO copy don’t need your payment info.

  • Acquire two (2) passport-style photos. Have a recent photograph sized 2 by 2 inches printed out for you at a pharmacy or other photo center. Attach one to each of the Form 4s intended for the ATF. Your CLEO copy doesn’t need your photograph attached.

  • Complete two (2) copies of FBI Form FD-258. These are fingerprint cards. They may be taken by any business or government agency equipped to take them. The most common place to have them taken is your local police department. Your dealer may provide the cards, but the ATF will mail you Fingerprint cards for free if you request them at <>. Make sure to request form FBI FD-258LE – NFA, Imports ORI WVATF0800

Finally, mail out your documents:

Your CLEO should receive the copy of your Form 4 labeled CLEO Copy.

The ATF should receive:

  • two (2) copies of your Form 4, each with a photo attached.

  • Two (2) FBI FD-258 Fingerprint cards.

  • If you are not paying for your stamp via credit/debit card, send your $200 dollar check made out to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.


That’s it. It’s not too bad, but don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you have.