ATF Form 4 thread. Process and approvals!

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Since we have a thread for eForm1 I thought there ought to be one for Form4 processing. So what has been your experience, how long did it take, what kind of problems did you encounter?

Just 3 weeks ago I filed my first form 4 for a suppressor through the Silencer Shop kiosk. First mistake I made was filing my certification of trust not my declaration of trust, fortunately that was a quick fix as it was caught by Silencer Shop, and then 2.5 weeks just for the ATF to clear payment. Now I wait.....and wait....and wait....
I'm curious how long it is taking for others.
 

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I filed another form 4 about a month after the first, thi is soooooooooooo exciting, I might actually be able to use them next year. [frown]
 

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There is a website somewhere with crowd sourced form 4 wait time data. I'm too lazy to search for it but maybe somebody here will
 

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Here is the crowd sourced site:



And here is the ATF special :

 

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massive difference in eform and paper times, so why no eform 4? the process isn't very different from an eform 1
 

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So I asked the ATF a question and got a response in just ONE day.

From: xxxx, Heather [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2021 8:11 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Process question
Good Morning,
We are working diligently to bring the Form 4 online as soon as possible. We do not have a date to provide at this time, but it will make an appearance in the near future.
Have a Great Day,

Heather Huff | Firearms and Explosives Services Specialist
U.S. DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
National Firearms Act Division - Government Support Branch
Office: (304) 616-4500 Fax: (304) 616-4501

From: xxxxxxxxx
Sent:
Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:39 AM
To: Eforms Admin <[email protected]>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Process question
Why is there no eForm 4? The information, process and requirements are nearly identical to an eForm 1. It should be a simple matter to bring on-line an eForm 4, then the ATF could reallocate the money and labor resources currently wasted on an outdated paper process to a better use and more meaningful activities.

Please provide a response.

xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx@xxxxxxx.net
 

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So I asked the ATF a question and got a response in just ONE day.

From: xxxx, Heather [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2021 8:11 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Process question
Good Morning,
We are working diligently to bring the Form 4 online as soon as possible. We do not have a date to provide at this time, but it will make an appearance in the near future.
Have a Great Day,

Heather Huff | Firearms and Explosives Services Specialist
U.S. DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
National Firearms Act Division - Government Support Branch
Office: (304) 616-4500 Fax: (304) 616-4501

From: xxxxxxxxx
Sent:
Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:39 AM
To: Eforms Admin <[email protected]>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Process question
Why is there no eForm 4? The information, process and requirements are nearly identical to an eForm 1. It should be a simple matter to bring on-line an eForm 4, then the ATF could reallocate the money and labor resources currently wasted on an outdated paper process to a better use and more meaningful activities.

Please provide a response.

xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx@xxxxxxx.net
Everybody is saying eForm 4 is coming in December, worth noting ATF didn't give a year! I'm cautiously optimistic.
 
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ATF cashed my check on 3/29/21....still waiting.....I called to check and they said normal processing time is around 8 months
Mine latest one was cashed on 3/16/2021.
Here is the crowd sourced site:



And here is the ATF special :

Silencer Shop is here: ATF Wait Times Based on this, I should get approved any day now.
 

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Welp, it’s officially, eForm 4 is coming in line between the 15th and 28th of December. It’s a bad time to have a bunch of new silencers pending but I’m still pretty f***ing excited.
 

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Welp, it’s officially, eForm 4 is coming in line between the 15th and 28th of December. It’s a bad time to have a bunch of new silencers pending but I’m still pretty f***ing excited.

Silencers, really? Suppressors please.
 

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Upcoming ATF eForms Technology Upgrade​

DECEMBER 17-21
This is an advance notice to current eForms users about the upcoming launch of a new version of ATF eForms.
The goal of this “modernized eForms” is to provide ATF with an infusion of technology to provide better services to our industry members and the public. This much needed modernization will reduce the effort and time required to review and process ATF applications by incorporating online validations and other enhancements.
No action is needed at this time. However, there are some required steps you'll need to complete after the upgrade is finished (details below).

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Is there any estimate on how long the process will take once the new system is up and running?
I think it’s only speculation at this point but the rumors I’ve seen online from some of the larger dealers are hoping for 3-4 months at the most and possible shorter.
 
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I efiled a form 4 for a customer on 1/25/22, hopefully it will be shorter than the paper forms. I guess we will see in the next few months if the ATF can get to there goal of 90 day turn around time for eform 4's. I'm not holding my breath though. I have been seeing from groups that I belong to that people are starting to get back paper form 4's from March of 2021.
 

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I have 4 paper form 4’s in the cue. Oldest is now at 320+ days. While I’m glad to hear the eForm4 is up and running, I’ll buy the whole “90 day approval” line when it actually happens. given atf’s history I’d expect the e form system to go down in flames and resume paper form 4. history repeats itself And hopefully im wrong here.
 

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Form: 4 Paper (Batch 4)
Entity: Trust
Pending: 08/20/21
Approved: 04/03/22
Standardized wait: 223
STATE: Standardized NH

Currently had 6 pending. Batch approved the ones I submitted in August. Consecutive FICH #s. Hoping the 2 I submitted in December will follow as well. Examiner on all 4 - PLBARTLES (Trish Bartles)
 
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FFL mailed my (2) paper individual form 4's on 10/1/21 - has (2) approved 4/14/22 stamps in hand 4/22/22. If its always that easy I will spend way to much money on this...
 
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