The Future of ATF’s eForms System

Today, Deputy Assistant Director Marvin Richardson issued a letter to eForm users advising on the future of the eForms system. You can download a copy of the letter here.

After citing to a 380% increase in form applications since 2005 and a 1000% increase in eForm usage from 2013, Assistant Director Richardson explains that eForms is here to stay and that ATF is taking steps to immediately decrease processing times, including:

  1. Staffing 7 days a week to process forms;
  2. Hiring 15 additional staff to assist in processing NFA applications and an additional 15 staff members being cross-trained to assist in NFA application processing;
  3. Staff from across ATF is being recruited to assist in the backlog;
  4. Hiring a new computer company to assist in fixing the eForms system;
  5. Limiting routine maintenance of the eForms system to once a week (Wednesday);
  6. Turning the eForms system back online this week for processing ATF Form 6 and Form 6A applications, with Form 1, 2, 5, 9, 5300.11 and 10’s again being accepted in the weeks to come; and
  7. To weekly monitor the process being made on the backlog to ensure that it is being reduced!

Assistant Director Richardson closes the letter by stating

ATF and industry have benefitted from the eForms and ATF remains fully committed to its success and to the reduction of the backlog in paper and eForms applications. The steps outlined above reflect ATF’s commitments, and we will ensure that our industry colleagues remain informed of our progress and have the opportunity to provide input on eForms enhancements.

Looks like eForms is here to stay!

4 thoughts on “The Future of ATF’s eForms System

    1. From the letter, the implication is that the bulk of eforms have been forms 3/4, and that it has simply overwhelmed the system. As a result, they’re suspending efiling of forms 3/4 until they are able to complete upgrades to the system.

      Reading between the lines, it sounds like they don’t currently have the server capacity to handle the load, so they’ve cut off the bulk of the load in order to keep the system functional while they increase capacity.


      1. One would think that if the forms 3/4 are the bulk of the back log, the system should be turned on for those forms and force paper filing of the remaining forms. it makes no sense to bring a system on line to process the demand of a lesser requested item. Forms 3/4 will continue to backlog even with the additional help being brought on board. Just a continuation of our government agencies thinking backwards. Hopefully they get it worked out and back on track.


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