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Guide to Federal Firearms License Numbers

Guide to Federal Firearms License Numbers (FFL Numbers)

Have you ever looked at your FFL and wondered what the numbers mean? You can tell a lot about where a dealer, manufacturer, or importer is located based on their FFL number. Here we break down the number and include some graphics and some lists.

List of FFL Regions and States

The first number is the region, there are seven regions.

1- Southeast

Virginia, District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

3- Midwest

Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

4- Central

Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky

5- Southwest

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico

6- North Atlantic

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York

8- Mid Atlantic

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Deleware, Maryland

9- Western

California, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii  

List of FFL Districts

The second number is the district, there are 64 districts, numbered 1–99. The district number is a holdover from when FFLs were managed by the IRS.

01 — Maine
02 — New Hampshire
03 — Vermont
04 — Massachusetts
05 — Rhode Island
06 — Connecticut
11 — New York
13 — New York
14 — New York
16 — New York
22 — New Jersey
23 — Pennsylvania
25 — Pennsylvania
31 — Ohio
33 — California
34 — Ohio

35 — Indiana
36 — Illinois
37 — Illinois
38 — Michigan
39 — Wisconsin
41 — Minnesota
42 — Iowa
43 — Missouri
45 — North Dakota
46 — South Dakota
47 — Nebraska
48 — Kansas
51 — Delaware
52 — Maryland
54 — District of Columbia, Virginia
55 — West Virginia

56 — North Carolina
57 — South Carolina
58 — Georgia
59 — Florida
61 — Kentucky
62 — Tennessee
63 — Alabama
64 — Mississippi
66 — Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
68 — California
71 — Arkansas
72 — Louisiana
73 — Oklahoma
74 — Texas
75 — Texas
76 — Texas

77 — California
81 — Montana
82 — Idaho
83 — Wyoming
84 — Colorado
85 — New Mexico
86 — Arizona
87 — Utah
88 — Nevada
91 — Washington
92 — Alaska
93 — Oregon
94 — California
95 — California
98 — Gaum, Northern Mariana Islands
99 — Hawaii

Sample list of FFL FIPS Codes

The third number is the FIPS code, there are 3,135 FIPS codes in the US, so we won’t show them all here. You can download the entire list here ›

As an example, these are the FIPS codes in Utah. FIPS codes related to counties.

001 — Beaver
003 — Box Elder
005 — Cache
007 — Carbon
009 — Daggett
011 — Davis
013 — Duchesne
015 — Emery
017 — Garfield
019 — Grand
021 — Iron
023 — Juab
025 — Kane
027 — Millard
029 — Morgan

031 — Piute
033 — Rich
035 — Salt Lake
037 — San Juan
039 — Sanpete
041 — Sevier
043 — Summit
045 — Tooele
047 — Uintah
049 — Utah
051 — Wasatch
053 — Washington
055 — Wayne
057 — Weber

Types of FFLs

The 4th number denotes the type of FFL. For a more in-depth explanation of the types of licenses please visit this site ›

01 – Dealer ofFirearms / Gunsmithing
02 – Pawnbroker
03 – Collector of Curios & Relics
06 – Manufacturer of Ammunition for Firearms
07 – Manufacturer of Firearms & Ammunition

08 – Importer of Firearms & Ammunition
09 – Dealer ofDestructive Devices
10 – Manufacturer of Destructive Devices, Ammunition for Destructive Devices or Armor Piercing Ammunition
11 – Importer of Destructive Devices,Ammunition for DestructiveDevices or Armor Piercing Ammunition

FFL Expiration List

The 5th number (a number and a letter) refer to the expiration date of the FFL. The number refers to the year that it expires, so a 5 would expire in 2015. The letter refers to the month in which it expires, and those correlate to A–M (without using ‘I’).

That's How You Read A FFL!

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