How to Get a Firearms ID Card/License in Guam
in the last survey of 2002, only 14% of Guam residents owned a firearm. Getting a Firearms ID card allows the purchase and ownership of firearms on the island of Guam. The process is complicated, long, expensive and downright annoying. It will cost you a whopping $124 when it's all done!!! If you have the guts, the patience and the cash to take on this challenge, here is the process to get it done.
Things to Consider Before Starting
- Are you 18 years old?
- Are you a legal US citizen?
- Do you have a criminal record or does someone have a restraining order out on you?
- Do you have a major mental/physical condition?
Many of these things can disqualify you from getting a firearms ID, and you can waste a lot of money applying.
- Make sure to ask the local Guam Police Department if you would like to learn about firearm safety. Make sure you know how to safely store/transport/maintain/use a firearm.
- Make sure you actually have a reason to own a gun; a gun is a big responsibility.
- Make sure that you look up local regulations on what gun calibers and accessories are legal in Guam. If you are unsure about any gun laws, again, please contact the Guam Police Department.
What You Will Need
- Completed Guam Firearms ID Application
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Certified Birth Certificate with a Photo ID Card; AND a Social Security Card; OR
- A valid U.S. Passport; AND a Social Security Card; OR
- A Naturalization Certificate AND a Social Security Card.
- A $47.00 Money Order or Personal Check (no other form of payment accepted) payable to the “Superior Court of Guam”. This fee is for the FBI Background Check (and will be sent to Washington D.C. for Identification Records Check).
- Two (2) completed fingerprint cards. They must be filled out neatly and in BLACK INK ONLY. Fingerprint processing will be administered by the Guam Police Department Records and ID Section. There is a $34.00 USC fee for fingerprinting.
- $43.00 USC Application fee due upon the arrival of approved FBI results.
Other Information to Consider
- You must have any certified documents required to support any name changes, such as a Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, or Adoption Decree.
- The Records and ID Section claims the wait time for results from FBI is 10 working days. In reality it will take 1-2 months. They will not call you to tell you it is complete. You will have to call them periodically to find out if it is done. I suggest calling once a week after two weeks.
- Firearm Identification cards are valid for 3 years.
- If you want a copy of your firearm ID they will charge you a fee of $43.00 .
Where to get a firearms license
1st Floor of the ITC Building, Suite 131
Hours of operation are:
8:00am – 3:00 pm for Firearms Identification Card Processing (First Time Applicants or Renewing Applicants requiring Fingerprinting).
8:00am – 5:00pm Firearms Identification Processing (Renewing Applicants NOT Requiring Fingerprinting).
Contact numbers are:
To get to the Records and ID Section on Guam just go to the ITC Building in Tamuning. This is near the GPO Mall. It is in the same building as House of Brutus. Go in the double doors to the right of House of Brutus and it is on your left, past the coffee shop.
Records and ID Section
590 South Marine Corps Drive
ITC Bldg. 1st Floor Suite 131
Tamuning, Guam 96913
Do you think this process is too long and expensive? Should the Guam Local Government should ease the requirements to get a firearms ID?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.