Firearm S/N

11B4PF711B4PF7 Posts: 10Member
Is there any concern with obscuring the serial number of a firearm while painting and dipping? I don't have an FFL, this is my personally owned firearm. I'm in Michigan if that matters.


  • MidOhioHydrographicsMidOhioHydrographics Posts: 10,032Member, Moderator, Business Ninja El Moderator
    Yes. You can not obscure a serial number. Usually paint/dip doesn’t cover enough to where you can’t read it. It must be legible if the ATF has to read it. We often time will fill with a paint crayon after we apply the clear topcoat, and it will highlight the number very well.

    Firearm laws are federal (FFL is federal firearm license) so doesn’t matter what state you are in. Sometimes states have more strict laws, but they can’t be less strict.
  • ForsiForsi Posts: 325Member ✭✭✭
    You cannot modify or otherwise make a serial number on a firearm non-legible.
  • 11B4PF711B4PF7 Posts: 10Member
    Thanks, guys, I've decided to neatly mask the S/N to avoid any issues. I appreciate the help!
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