How to Fill out an ATF Form 5330.20 for a Trust – Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)(B)

NOTE The 5330.20 has been integrated into the Form 4 and Form 1 as of July 12,  2016 so this is no longer necessary.


In the past the ATF has not required a Form 5330.20 – Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)(B) for a trust because a “Trust” does not have a nationality, but lately, several individuals at ATF have started requesting them, and denying applications where they were filled out incorrectly. To resolve this issue we are creating this page to help trustees understand how ATF would like them filled out.

1. Name under which the application was filed. (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial – or – Name of Corporation, Partnership, or Association, if applicable).

If you are making application under a trust, put the trust’s name here

2. Name of person certifying to citizenship. (Last Name, First Name, Middle Initial)

This should be your Last Name, First Name, and Middle Initial as stated

3. What is your COUNTRY(ies) of citizenship? (List additional countries if applicable)


For Noncitizens you will need to fill out the questions 4-6 based upon your actual information

US citizens you should answer NO for Question 5 and sign your name and date the form in box 7

Whether your agent requires it or not, it is a simple form and to avoid delay we would now recommend that you include it with your paperwork.

Here is a copy of a PDF filliable version of the form.

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