View Full Version : DROS Paperwork Question

01-27-2009, 3:45 PM
On the DROS, one space requests your Social Security number stating its not required, but may delay the processing.

I have always supplied my Social Security number, but got to wondering, what happens to that paperwork as required by law? I fully trust the dealers that I have bought from, but I do wonder what happens to that paperwork.


01-27-2009, 4:27 PM
YOu meant, on the 4473, not the DROS, right? The 4473 has a spot for you to optionally include your SSN. There isn't a spot for the SSN on the DROS.

The 4473 must be kept by the dealer for 20? years, and then can be destroyed. If the dealer goes out of business before then, all the forms are sent into the ATF.

Since there is no way to confirm that the records will stay 100% secure, I don't include my SSN.

01-27-2009, 5:45 PM
You should always use your tax ID number in place of your social security number.

Shotgun Man
01-27-2009, 5:47 PM
I never include it. It hasn't delayed a DROS yet.

01-27-2009, 5:59 PM
I never put my SSN on it... The Government all ready knows my number…They Gave It To Me :rolleyes:

01-27-2009, 6:05 PM
I don't put down my ssn and have never been delayed

01-27-2009, 6:51 PM
i think 3 days is the biggest delay they can give and since we have to wait 10 anyway i never put it down

01-27-2009, 8:27 PM
Lesson learned...

01-27-2009, 8:41 PM
The SSN, if supplied, stays on the form but is not transmitted as part of the DROS process. IMO, this creates a HUGE liability for the gun dealer. All those 4473s lying around with SSN's on them would make a great target for an identity thief. For this reason, I recommend that customers leave that field blank.

Mr. Beretta
01-27-2009, 9:55 PM
I have never put my SSN on the 4473!

Never had a problem!

01-27-2009, 10:04 PM
Ive never include it and have not had any delays.