curios and relics


How To Get An C&R License Type 03 FFL

Getting your C&R License is one of the easiest ways to purchase surplus and antique firearms that are over 50 years old. C&R Firearms can be shipped directly to your home and makes it easy to start a great gun collection.

Curios and relics can be purchased via mail order, over the internet, or at your local gun shop without you having to complete background checks that an FFL holder would normally have to perform. As a holder of a C&R license your background has already been checked by the BATF and this license allows an individual to purchase directly through retailers or organizations.

Retailers will need a copy of your 03 FFL and may require additional information before shipping.

Most retailers will denote a collectable or qualifying firearm as ” C&R Eligible” letting C&R Collectors know that the item can be shipped directly to their home or place of business.

C&R License Fee

The C&R License fee is only $30 and is good for a 3 year period.

Upon expiration you must renew it for an additional 3 years in order to be able to keep purchasing collectable firearms as a Type 3 FFL holder.

What are C&R Elgible Firearms ?

Some of the more common C&R firearms are the riles such as the SKS 7.62×39, the Mosan Nagant or one of the many different types of Mausers. Pistols such as the Polish Radom P-64 or the CZ-50 .32 ACP are also qualifying collectable firearms.

Any firearm 50 years or older qualify as a collectable and can be purchased with your C&R with the exception of automatic weapons.

Download the Firearms Curios or Relics List From The ATF From 1972-2007

and the Update January 2008 through June 2014

Does a C&R License Allow Me To Deal Firearms ?

The short answer is NO. An individual can not deal firearms with this type of license. It is strictly for purchasing collectable firearms.

Where can I obtain a C&R license application form ?

The Curio and Relics application can be found on the ATF Website. Click here to download the ATF Form 7CR directly from the ATF website.

How long does it take for my application to be approved ?

Turn around times on approval and issuance of license can vary depending upon the back log of applications being processed.  A time of 4 to 8 weeks appears to be normal.

Where can I find C&R Regulations ?

Regulations regarding the use of a C&R License can be found on the ATF website. Click here to view the regulations.


Filling out your application is an easy do it yourself task and there should be no need for an attorney.