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This tutorial will guide you in filling out the new AFT Form 5400.13 for a Low Explosive User Permit (aka, LEUP). This tutorial assumes that you do not personally have an approved storage magazine, but instead will be using the magazine of another Permit holder that does have a storage magazine. In addition this tutorial will cover filling out the Employee Possessor Questionnaire (EPQ) ATF Form 5400.28. This form is required for all Explosive Permit Applications as of March 15, 2003 for new and renewal applications.
Form 5400.13 Tutorial
Contact your local ATFE agent about obtaining form 5400.13 for a new application, or you can use the copy at the back of this document or on the website.
You'll notice that you now need to include a 2"x2" picture of yourself on the form. That is a passport type picture and there are many places where you can get one made. Hopefully you don't look like this guy. I don't think he'll be getting his LEUP any time soon! You will also need to visit your local police station to get fingerprinted. I'd suggest using the form they ask for - FD-258.
Question 1: Enter your name. Don't use a nickname, i.e. John Doe Smith rather than Johnny Smith. Be consistant and enter it the same way on all questions asking for name. Don't enter your middle name in one questions and then use an initial in another question.
Question 2: Leave it blank. You are not operating a business. You are applying for an individual LEUP.
Question 3: Even though it says that this is voluntary, please enter your SSN anyway. Remember that we are trying to get this permit on the first try. Don't give them a reason to reject your application. It is the government. They already have your number anyway.
Question 4: Enter the county within your state where you reside. 'nuff said.
Question 5a: Enter a complete street address. DO NOT ENTER P.O. NUMBERS. If you give a PO number, you can just about bet that your form will be returned for changes.
Question 5b: If for some reason you can't receive mail at your premises then here is where you can give a PO number. If you can receive mail at your premises then leave this blank.
Question 6: Since you gave them you complete address in Question 5, you can leave this one blank.
Question 7: Since you are an individual you do not have a business phone number. Be sure you enter a valid phone number, including your area code. If you can receive faxes then list that number as well. Also give an e-mail address if you have one. The more ways they can contact you the better. Remember the goal, you want your LEUP on the first try.
Question 8: Check NO. You are applying for an individual LEUP.
Question 9: Check individually owned. This is a case of one form needing to fit a large number of different applicants. The Individually Owned box is the one you need to use.
Question 10: Place a small X next to the $100 for type code 34. This is what makes this an application for a LEUP. Don't forget to mark either Check or Money Order, the number of the check or money order, and enter the total of $100.
Question 11: List all the below items to be safe:
A. Rocket Motors
C. Black Powder
D. Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant
E. Igniter cord
Question 12: Mark NO. Again, you are not a business, so you don't have operations.
Question 13: This used to be question 17. 13(a) enter your name as you did in Question 1. To play this as safe as possible you should enter your FULL NAME for all applicable questions. 13(b) enter "Owner". 13(c) give your SSN. Make sure it matches Question 3. 13(d) enter your address as you did in Question 5. 13(e) enter your home and work phone numbers including area code. 13(f) enter your date of birth with a four digit year, i.e. 1957 not 57. 13(g) enter the city and state of your birth. 13(h) enter USA (if you are not a US citizen be prepared for more questions. 13(i) enter male or female, not yes or no. (That was a joke. OK?) and your race.
Question 14-15: Answer truthfully to each question. If any are "YES", then you'd better contact your local ATFE and talk to an agent.
Question 16: List some hours, so the agent has some idea of when you contact you. Don't list all evening hours. The local agents work during the day which is when they are most likely to try to contact you.
Question 17: Mark a residence. Again, you are not a business but you do have a residence.
Question 18: If you live in your own home then check Owned. If you rent or lease your home or live in an apartment then check Leased/Rented and then give the name, address, and phone number of the owner. I have no idea how much this may effect your application. This is a new question. Please relate your experience in this case by e-mailing me.
Question 19: Mark "NO" since you are not a business.
Question 20: Mark "YES" and "Continental US". You will be buying motors at LDRS, right?
Question 21: Leave it blank you are a type 34 not type 29.
Question 22a: You do not have storage of your own, therefore, check NO, fill out section J of the Explosives Storage Magazine Description Worksheet and attach a separate sheet that looks like the following:
In reference to Question 22a: If I am unable to use all materials, I will be using the storage of Joe Blowe, permit #9-XX-999-99-9X-99999.
Change Joe Blowe to the name of the LEUP holder that will be storing the material for you. Change the permit # to the # of the named individual. Also have the named individual sign the sheet indicating your are authorized to use their storage.
Sign and date the form 5400.13 and for Title list "owner" and enter today's date.
Now make two copies of that form. (The original and one copy will be sent with your check to the ATF. Be sure to include a picture with both copies sent to the ATF. The last copy is for you to keep for your records.) Don't forget your explanation page for question 22a. Don't forget your fingerprint card. Then fill out form 5400.28.
End of form 5400.13
Now you need to fill out ATF form 5400.28.
This page will show you how to fill out the ATF form 5400.28 that is required along with the 5400.13. The webmaster would like to thank the guys at Tulsa Rocketry for compiling and writing this article.
Form 5400.28 Tutorial
Note: This tutorial applies to the version of 5400.28 that was available as Revision February 2003. The new form 5400.28 has no major changes. This version will be accepted after the March 15th deadline.
The Safe Explosives Act passed on November, 25, 2002 requires additional enforcement by the ATFE. It prohibits aliens, persons dishonorably discharged, and citizens of the US who have renounced their citizenship from possessing explosives. This additional enforcement went into effect January 24, 2003. The ATFE has created form 5400.28 to help them in this new enforcement. You are now required to submit form 5400.28 along with your 5400.13/5400.16 for a LEUP. You will also be required to submit a photo and fingerprints along with the above mentioned forms.
Form 5400.28 is now available on the ATFE website. They have changed the name of the form. It is now 5400.28 Employee Possessor Questionnaire. The rest of the form has not changed only the name.
Contact your local ATFE agent about obtaining form 5400.28 for a new application, or you can use the copy at the back of this document, or from the website. We take no responsibility if your application is returned because of an incorrect form.
Question 2: First name. See above.
Question 3: Middle name. See above. It would be safest if you used your full given name everywhere required on this form and on your LEUP (5400.13).
Question 4: Any suffix you use. e.g. Sr., Jr., II, etc. Again be sure you used this everywhere else your name was needed.
Question 5: Enter any other names you may have used. This includes maiden name.
Question 6: It says voluntary, but if you don't enter it, expect a delay.
Question 7: City and State of your birth. This should match #13g from form 5400.13
Question 8: Use the date of birth from form 5400.13 #13f
Question 9: Self-explanatory
Question 10: If you don't know, don't bother applying.
Question 11: This number should match form 5400.13 #7
Question 12: Here you can enter the number where you work, unlike 5400.13 #7 where it most likely didn't apply. It should match 5400.13 #13e.
Question 13a-f: Again this address should match what you put on form 5400.13 #5. Do you see a common theme here? Consistency!!
Question 14: The latest information I have indicates that this should be filled in with your name and address. This should match the name you used on form 5400.13 #1 and the address should match 5400.13 #5a.
Question 15: Enter "Owner"
Question 16: Enter "Applicant" since you do not yet have a permit
Question 17a and b: Self-explanatory
Question 17c: You will most likely skip this entry
Question 18-25: This group of questions should be answered truthfully. However, if you answer "Yes" to ANY of them you can expect your application to be delayed. The best advice here is to contact your local ATFE agent if you need to answer "Yes". Please answer "Yes" or "No". DO NOT put "Y" or "N". If you do, then your application will be delayed.
Then print your full name as given in question #1-4 in the order First, Middle, Last, Suffix. Then sign and date it. Make two copies. Then attach one copy to each copy of form 5400.13. Keep one copy for your records and mail the other two copies to the ATFE along with a check for $100. Remember to include your storage information for question 22a of form 5400.13, two passport size photos and a fingerprint card.