Get Licensed to Make, Buy and Sell Firearms
|Guaranteed FFL or Class 1, 2 or 3 SOT License*|
|Starts at $49.99 – FFL + SOT – No upsell for NFA firearms|
|Hundreds of testimonials. Seen on NSSF, NASGW and American Outdoors TV|
|Designed by former ATF and former firearm attorneys|
|High value, low cost, and efficiency delivered|
|*Guarantee requires that applicant is qualified by Federal, State and Local officials|
Dedicated to Helping You Get and Manage Firearm Licenses
In order to operate a business that makes, buys or sells firearms you must be properly licensed. We eliminate the risk of denial and facilitate every step of your application process. Our team is has extensive experience with both FFL and SOT licenses and all firearm types including: GCA (Frames, receivers, pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles); and NFA Class 2 or 3 (Suppressors, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, and machine guns).
FFL / SOT Application Services
We offer three services for those who want an FFL or SOT license:
- Low cost, facilitated assistance to get your FFL or SOT license (Contact us now to get started!);
- A $49.99, step-by-step guide, located insider our FFLBizHub portal, where applicants can apply on their own with a little input from a Firearms Attorney (Learn More). Not familiar with FFLBizHub.com? Owned by Orchid Advisors, it is a cooperative program between our firm and the four leading firearms industry associations including NSSF, the NRA Business Alliance, NASGW and the ASA. The guide includes everything you need to get your FFL, SOT and without any upcharges!
- Or, a service plan that is designed to launch your new firearms business, beyond licensing alone. (Learn More).
Benefits of Working With Orchid Advisors
Staffed with former ATF, firearm attorneys and former FFL executives like you, we’ve opened, moved, inspected and closed hundreds (if not thousands) of FFLs and SOT licenses. You’ve clearly come to the right place! Our goal is to make the process as simple, cost effective and low risk for you as possible. But, when helping our clients we find that a little background information is helpful. Please read the following to that you have a better sense for what you need. When you call or write, we’ll be able to walk you through this in greater detail so that you are armed with as much information as possible!
Our license application service is low cost and high value. We understand that cost is a barrier to entry in any business and don't intend to stand in your way.
Having completed thousands of FFL and SOT licenses, we're efficient and effective. Our experts know their way around ATF forms and the application process inside and out.
We provide one-on-one assistance from former employees of the largest FFLs. Provided that you meet Federal and State qualifications, we'll get you licensed.
How Do We Engage Orchid?
It all starts with a simple email or a phone call. During our first no-cost discussion we will understand your timeline and business objectives and recommend next steps.
How Much Does It Cost?
Our FFL / SOT application service begins at $49.99. However, we price our services for every budget and there is no set cost. We don’t believe in price gauging and would prefer to work with you, as your partner, than not. We understand that the firearms industry has many different sized companies and we aspire to continue serving all of you. Don’t hesitate to ask us about pricing or mention your pricing thresholds.
Additional Information on FFL and SOTs
What Are the Types of FFL Licenses and How Much Does an FFL Cost?
There are nine (9) Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs) types that legalize the manufacture, import, distribution, collection or dealing in GCA and NFA firearms.
The following is an overview of the 9 ATF FFL Types, the approved use by FFL Type (in practical terms) and the Fees for Getting an FFL. Prior to applying for an FFL and engaging in business, a licensee should be sure to consult the approved activities, word-by-word, as provided by the ATF or with the assistance of a trained expert.
A) What Type of FFL (Federal Firearms License) Do I Need?
Type 01 FFL – Dealer in Firearms other than Destructive Devices
A Type 01 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business firearm dealing (e.g., in practical terms – a retail operation) and gunsmithing.
Type 02 FFL – Pawnbroker in firearms other than Destructive Devices
A Type 02 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of firearm pawn brokering (e.g., a “Pawn Shop”)
Type 03 FFL – Collector of Curios and Relics
A Type 03 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the collection of firearms. It is used for purchasing, or other acquisition or trading of collectable firearms that meet the definition of a “Curios and Relic” in the Federal Regulations.
Type 06 FFL – Manufacturer of Ammunition other than for Destructive Devices or Armor Piercing
A Type 06 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of manufacturing ammunition. However, a Type 06 FFL can only be used for ammunition and does not permit firearm related activities authorized by a Type 07 or Type 10 FFL, for example.
Type 07 FFL – Manufacturer of Firearms other than Destructive Devices
A Type 07 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of manufacturing firearms other than those defined as Destructive Devices in the Federal Regulations. The Type 07 FFL also permits a licensee to deal in firearms, similar in nature to the retail type of activities permitted by a Type 01 FFL.
Type 08 FFL – Importer of Firearms and Ammunition other than Destructive Devices and Armor Piercing
A Type 08 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of importing firearms or ammunition into the United States.
Type 09 FFL – Dealer in Destructive Devices
A Type 09 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of dealing in Destructive Devices. Customers of Type 09 FFL include government agencies. A Type 09 FFL, along with Type 10 and 11 FFLs, also permit a licensee to engage in the business of dealing Armor Piercing Ammunition and Destructive Devices (DD) as classified under Federal Regulations.
Type 10 FFL – Manufacturer of Destructive Devices and Armor Piercing Ammunition
A Type 10 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of manufacturing Destructive Devices and Armor Piercing Ammunition.
Type 11 FFL – Importer of Destructive Devices and Armor Piercing Ammunition
A Type 11 FFL permits a licensee to engage in the business of importing Destructive Devices and Armor Piercing Ammunition. Such products are imported for Government and Military contracts and cannot be imported for introduction into commerce with citizens for personal use.
Note – Generally, persons holding a manufacturer’s license (FFL Type 06, 07 or 10) must also register as a manufacturer with the Department of State (DOS) unless exempted by the Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC), regardless of whether the manufacturer actually exports any of the items manufactured. Therefore, applicants intending to manufacture and/or export defense articles, as defined on the United States Munitions List (Part 121 of the ITAR), may need to register with Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).
B) How Much Does an FFL License Cost?
FFL License costs vary depending on the FFL Type, as shown below.
- Type 01 FFL: $200 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $90.
- Type 02 FFL: $200 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $90.
- Type 03 FFL: $30 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $30.
- Type 06 FFL: $30 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $30.
- Type 07 FFL: $150 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $150.
- Type 08 FFL: $150 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $150.
- Type 09 FFL: $3,000 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $3,000.
- Type 10 FFL: $3,000 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $3,000.
- Type 11 FFL: $3,000 to apply, valid for 3 years and the FFL renewal cost is $3,000.
An FFL, of any type is valid for three years from the date of issuance (as stated on the license). It can, however, be closed or revoked prior to the expiration date.
C) What is a Class 3 License? What is a SOT License (Special Occupational Tax)?
Business who wish to engage in NFA firearm activities must also apply for a Special Occupational Tax (SOT) license. SOT’s are identified by Class and must be “paired” with the proper Type of FFL. (NFA stands for the National Firearms Act of 1934 and includes such firearm such as Short Barreled Rifles, Short Barreled Shotguns, Machine Guns or Suppressors.)
A Class 1 SOT Firearm License – Importer of NFA Firearms
A Class 1 SOT License permits a licensee to engage in the importation of NFA firearms. It is used in conjunction with a Type 08 FFL or a Type 11 FFL. A Class 1 Firearm License can cost between $500 to $1000 depending on the size of the business applying for the SOT.
A Class 2 SOT Firearm License – Manufacturers of NFA Firearms
A Class 2 SOT License permits a licensee to engage in the business of manufacturing NFA firearms. It us used in conjunction with a Type 07 FFL or a Type 10 FFL. A Class 2 SOT can cost between $500 to $1000 depending on the size of the business applying for the SOT.
A Class 3 SOT Firearm License – Dealer in NFA Firearms
A Class 3 SOT License permits a licensee to engage in the business of dealing NFA firearms. It is used in conjunction with a Type 01 FFL, a Type 02 FFL or a Type 09 FF. A Class 3 SOT costs $500.
SOT Firearm Licenses are valid for one year, regardless of Class, and are valid from July 1, 20XX until June 30, 20XX of the next calendar year. Regardless of when an applicant submits their application, there is no proration of the cost to be paid and the SOT will still expire on June 30th of the coming year.