Transfers Explained

The most affordable and efficient firearm transfer services in Northern Virginia.


Call, text, or email to set up a transfer. Aardwolf Solutions will answer you and contact your dealer in minutes. We will book a transfer appointment once we confirm a receipt date for your item based on shipping information we get from your third-party dealer.

PHONE: 703-539-2488


Please review our house rules and abide by them during your visit.

What is an FFL Transfer?

Simply put, a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) is required to document the shipping, official sale, and transfer of a firearm from one location and/or owner to the next. Many gun shops charge anywhere from $50-$50 for these basic services. Aardwolf Solutions has the cheapest fees in Northern Virginia. You will need FFL services for the following scenarios:

  • You bought a firearm online: You need to have the firearm shipped to an FFL near you to receive it and then transfer it to you officially.
  • You are shipping a firearm in the mail: You need to mail the firearm to an FFL so they can transfer it to the recipient.
  • You are selling a firearm and want to be extra safe: Many states allow private sales without the aid of an FFL. You may want to use one anyway to conduct a criminal background check on the buyer.

Aardwolf Solutions charges the lower prices in Northern Virginia for firearm transfers and provides the most responsive service. Our fast, responsive communication and processing prevents common delays. We also offer discounts for veterans, law enforcement, and first responders.


Virginia State Residency Requirements for Handguns: Aardwolf Solutions only provides transfer services for handguns to Virginia Residents. We can transfer long guns to out-of-state residents.

Identification: Virginia State Police require all customers to present a valid state driver’s license ID card showing their current residential address. The driver’s license must be at least 30 days old, based on the issue date printed on the license. We cannot accept temporary permits, car registrations, utility bills, or leases as proof of residence.

Military Residency Exception: Active duty military personnel stationed in the Pentagon or any other station in the state of Virginia are treated as Virginia residents. They must present a combination of their military ID (Common Access Card only) and a copy of their orders or Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing their duty station.

Age Restrictions: Federal law restricts the sale of all firearms and ammunition to persons 18 years of age and older. Handguns and handgun ammunition are restricted to persons 21 years of age and older. People who are aged 18-20 are limited to purchasing rifles, shotguns, and ammunition for rifles and shotguns.

Virginia State Police Background Check: All firearm transfers require a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS). We perform this check through the Virginia State Police. In order to pass the background check, you must meet all of these requirements.

Federal Requirements: The ATF requires all transferees to present valid identification at the time of all firearms transfers. In general, a state or government-issued photograph ID meets this requirement. However, since Aardwolf Solutions only offers transfers for Virginia residents, we will only accept a Virginia state-issued driver’s license.


Prices reflect the total in a single visit. Fees include a $2 cost for Virginia State National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) for Virginia Residents.

1 Firearm: $22

2 Firearms: $27

3 Firearms: $32

4 Firearms: $37

**Veterans, law enforcement, and first responders receive a $5 discount from their total.

**Add $3 if you are having a long gun transferred as an out-of-state resident.

We offer the convenience of paying in-person via credit, debit, or cash. Services are by appointment only.

For civilians: The prices above reflect $20 per firearm transfer plus $2 for the VA State Police instant criminal background check. Add $5 for each additional firearm for up to 4 firearms on a single form 4473.

For active military personnel, drilling reservists, law enforcement, EMS, EMT, and Firefighters: The prices above reflect $15 per firearm transfer plus $2 for the VA State Police instant criminal background check. Add $5 for each additional firearm for up to 4 firearms in a visit.

Aardwolf Solutions charges all Virginia resident customers $2 per VA State Police National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) search. One NICS search is required per customer per visit.

Please feel free to pay for your transfer services online or in person. We accept cash and credit.

Step by Step Instructions


Be prepared to fill out ATF Form 4473 and VA State Police Form SP-65. We use an online format for the SP65 and will provide a laptop for you to enter your data for the NICS search. You must fill out these forms in person at your appointment; they will be provided to you.

STEP 1:Purchase a firearm of your choice on any online retailer. Pay for the firearm and obtain a receipt via email.

STEP 2: When the seller emails you a receipt, email the receipt to and let us know to expect the transfer, ensuring the seller’s contact info is clearly indicated on the receipt or in the email. Also, please provide your own name and phone number and be clear that you want Aardwolf Solutions to receive the firearm for you for a transfer. Please forward us any additional communications regarding shipment information so we can know when to expect the order.

Aardwolf Solutions will email your seller a copy of our license and arrange to receive your purchase. If you have any questions about the process, call Aardwolf solutions at 703-539-2488.

STEP 3: Aardwolf Solutions will obtain tracking information for the items from the seller. Based on the order’s arrival date, Aardwolf Solutions will email you to arrange an appointment for you to pick up your order from our address.

Please note – you must schedule an appointment before paying us a visit.

Transfers typically take no longer than 15 minutes. Appointments are available 7 days a week.

STEP 4:On the day of your appointment, come to our address at:

1127 N Chambliss St<br>Alexandria, VA, 22312

Please review our rules and abide by them during your visit.

To save time, you are welcome to prepay for your transfer online using our site. Alternatively, you can pay in person at your appointment using cash, credit, or debit.


During your appointment, you will fill out the following forms:

One Virginia SP-65 form (entered on our customer laptop) for your instant criminal background check and one ATF Form 4473 for the firearms transferred.

Unfortunately, these forms must be filled out on-site; you cannot fill them out beforehand to save time. Upon successful completion of the background check, Aardwolf Solutions will hand your order to you.