ATF E-Form 5400.13/5400.16
Revised November 2018
All Applications are to be Submitted with Fees to:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Federal Explosives Licensing Center
PO Box 6200-18
Portland, OR 97228-6200
1. Issuance of your license or permit under 18 U.S.C., Chapter 40, will be
delayed if the fee is omitted or incorrect, or if the application is
incomplete or otherwise improperly prepared. This application should be
submitted at least 90 days prior to the time the license or permit is
2. Submit the original of this form (either typewritten or printed legibly)
and total fees payable to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives to the post office box listed above. (CAUTION: Submission
of this application does NOT authorize you to engage in any of the
activities covered by the requested license or permit. The license or
permit must be received before operations commence.) Include your
social security or employer identification number on your check or
3. If separate sheets are needed to respond to the questions, they must be
identified with your name and address at the top of the page and
reference the question number being explained.
4. A separate or additional license is not required for storage facilities
operated by the applicant as an integral part of one business premises, or
to cover a location used by the applicant solely for maintaining required
5. One PERMIT is required for an individual or business entity to acquire
use, or transport explosives.
6. A separate application and LICENSE fee are required for each premises
on which explosive materials are, or will be, manufactured, imported, or
7. It is not necessary for a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer (for
purposes of sale or distribution) to also obtain a dealer's license in order
to engage in business on his or her licensed premises as a dealer in
explosives materials. In the case of a licensed manufacturer, a separate
license is not required with respect to on site manufacturing.
8. A photograph of each responsible person listed in item 11 MUST
accompany this application. The photograph must be 2 x 2 inches in
size, clearly showing a full frontal view of the features of the responsible
person with head bare, with the distance from the top of the head to the
point of the chin approximately 1 1/4 inches, and which shall have been
taken within the last 6 months prior to the date of application.
A completed FD-258 (Fingerprint Identification Card) for each
responsible person, including sole proprietors, MUST also accompany
this application. The fingerprints must be clear for accurate classification
and must be taken at a local law enforcement agency. In addition, if you
are an alien, you must place your U.S.-issued alien number or admission
number in the miscellaneous block of the FD-258.
9. This application must include the names and identifying information of
EACH employee authorized to possess explosive materials in the course
of his/her employment with the applicant. This information MUST be
submitted on ATF F 5400.28, Employee Possessor Questionnaire, and
included with the submission of this application.
11. The certification in item 23 must be signed (executed) by the owner, a
partner, or in the case of a corporation, association, etc., by an officer
duty authorized to sign for the applicant.
12. If you have any questions relating to this application, please contact
the ATF Federal Explosives Licensing Center, 244 Needy Road,
Martinsburg, WV 25405, (877) 283-3352, or review information
online at www.atf.gov.
13. If the application is approved, the ATF Federal Explosives Licensing
Center (FELC) will forward an explosives license or permit to you. If
the application is denied, you will be advised in writing of the reason(s)
for the denial. If the application is abandoned, denied, or withdrawn,
your application fee will be refunded. However, in order to refund the
fee, a social security number or employer identification number is
14. Additional forms can be downloaded from ATF's website in Adobe
PDF format at www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f5400-13.pdf
form can be ordered using ATF's Online Distribution Center Order
Form at www.atf.gov/dcof or by calling ATF's Distribution Center at
1. Under Indictment or Information or Convicted in Any Court. An
indictment, information, or conviction in any Federal, State, or local
2. Alien. An alien in the United States means any person who is not a
citizen or national of the United States.
3. Responsible Person. An individual who has the power to direct the
management and policies of the applicant pertaining to explosive
materials. For example, responsible persons generally include sole
proprietors and explosives facility site managers. In the case of a
corporation, association, or similar organization, responsible persons
generally include corporate directors and officers, as well as stockholders
who have the power to direct management and policies.
4. Employee Possessor. An employee possessor is an individual who has
actual or constructive possession of explosive materials during the
course of his employment. Actual possession exists when a person is in
immediate possession or control of explosive materials (e.g., an
employee who physically handles explosive materials as part of the
production process; an employee who handles explosive materials in
order to ship, transport, or sell them; or an employee, such as a blaster,
who actually uses explosive materials).
You Must Immediately Contact ATF To Report Lost Or Stolen Explosives!
Call Toll Free: 1-888-ATF-BOMB
10. For item 22 use the attached Explosives Storage Magazine Description
Worksheet to describe each storage facility (magazine). You may
photocopy the worksheet if you have more than one magazine. For the
purpose of this worksheet, "barricade" is defined as the effective
screening of a magazine containing explosive materials from another
magazine, a building, a railway, or a highway, either by a natural
barricade or by an artificial barricade. To be properly barricaded, a
straight line from the top of any sidewall of the magazine containing
explosive materials to the eave line of any other magazine or building,
or to a point 12 feet above the center of a railway or highway, will pass
through the natural or artificial barricade. A "contingency plan" is
required in the event the explosive materials cannot be used within the
same day of receipt. For example, a sufficient "contingency plan"
would include a letter or statement from someone having approved
storage facilities allowing the applicant use of his facilities should the