How Do I Register a
Firearm in the District?
To register a fiream, residents must report to the
Firearms Registration Section of the Metropolitan Police
Department, located at 300 Indiana Avenue, NW. The application
process may take up to 14 days. The cost for registering
each firearm is $13, plus $35 to process fingerprints.
Be 21 years of age
Complete a firearms application
Bring proof of residency (e.g., D.C. Driver's License)
Bring two (2) passport-sized front facing photos
Pass a 20-question multiple choice test
Complete a notarized firearms eligibility statement
Important Things to Remember When transporting your firearm, it must be unloaded,
wrapped securely or placed in a gun case on the back seat of your car.
If you are stopped by the police, you must immediately
tell the officer that you are en route to the Firearms
Registration Section to register the firearm.
The gun dealer will not give you the firearm until
you return with the "Firearms Application" stamped
"APPROVED" by the Metropolitan Police Department,
Firearms Registration Section. If you have possession
of the firearm(s), you must IMMEDIATELY bring it
to the Firearms Registration Section, located at 300
Indiana Avenue, NW.
ONLY rifles, shotguns and revolvers may be
registered in the District of Columbia. The following
firearms may not be registered in the District: sawed-off
shotguns, short-barreled rifles, machine guns and semiautomatc
(and from the second page)
WHAT TYPES OF FIREARMS CAN I REGISTER?
Shotguns, rifles, and revolvers. However, a shotgun
barrel cannot be less than 20 inches in length,
and a rifle barrel cannot be less than 16 inches
in length and must have a total overall length of
26 inches or more. No weapon can shoot more
than one shot by a single function of the trigger,
or semi-automatically shoot more than 12 shots
without manual reloading or be readily converted
or restored to do so.