How To Get A UPIN Number?
If you face constant delays when you try to purchase a firearm it may help you to find out how to get a UPIN number? However having a Unique Personal Identification Number is no guarantee whatsoever that that you will be immediately cleared to purchase a gun. An NICS background check is still mandatory.
The Gun Control Act and the Brady Act require Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to request background checks on anyone who wishes to acquire a firearm. Since the setting up of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) within the purview of the FBI the procedure is largely automated and can be done by telephone. If permission to transfer is not immediately given, you as the prospective purchaser can opt to submit a Voluntary Appeal File (VAF).
The FFL should give you the delayed/denied card having marked it as delayed and entered the relevant NTN reference in the appropriate place. This is the NICS Transaction No. For this particular check. You may then download the VAF application or ask NICS customer service to send one to you.
The VAF was set up because the NICS are not allowed by law to retain any information relating to the identity of those to whom permission to purchase a firearm is granted. Similarly if those who are originally denied permission have a subsequent appeal allowed, again no information is retained. This meant that certain people were continually denied or delayed. The VAF is intended to mitigate this problem.
So once your VAF is successfully completed, you will receive your UPIN. The next time you want to buy a gun, show it to the FFL. He will then contact a different section of NICS to ensure that nothing detrimental has been added to the records since it was issued.
Have you discovered how to get a UPIN number? If so, try not to lose it. If you do, notify NICS immediately. However if you do lose/forget the number you can ask for it to be sent to you again.