FBI NICS 2018 Christmas Holiday Hours of Operation Update

FBI NICS 2018 Christmas Holiday Hours of Operation Update

Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- Good Afternoon,

Please remember, due to the Christmas holiday, the NCCC will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. ET on December 24, 2018, and will be back in operation at 8 a.m. ET on December 26, 2018.

For your convenience, all electronic background check submissions, including the NICS E-Check and XML traffic, will be available 24/7 to include Christmas Day.

In case you have not yet enrolled to use the NICS E-Check, please consider taking this important step to register. The NICS E-Check allows you to conduct firearm background checks over the Internet 24/7 and provides many benefits you do not receive from the NCCC.

Please understand that we try to handle all incoming transactions as efficiently as possible; however, it is not always possible to avoid hold times on the telephone. In addition, our current phone system processes incoming calls on a first in, first handled basis. There is no need for an FFL to contact the NCCC from a second phone line while on hold for the initial call as this will not expedite service.

Federal Firearms Licenses interested in registering for the NICS E-Check may register by completing the following steps:

  • Visit the FBI NICS E-Check Web site at www.nicsezcheckfbi.gov
  • Click on the link that states “Register to use the FBI NICS E-Check.”
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Complete the Account Request form
  • Click on the “Registration” block at the bottom of the page
  • An Account Request Confirmation page appears
  • Click “Show populated enrollment form” block at the bottom of page
  • Print and sign the completed enrollment form
  • Fax form to 1-888-550-6427 or e-mail to [email protected]
  • A username will be e-mailed to the e-mail address you provided during registration
  • Additional instructions will be provided in the e-mail on how to obtain your password

If you have questions regarding the NICS E-Check, please visit, https://forms.fbi.gov/assistance-with-nics-processing-issues .

National Instant Criminal Background Check SystemIn the unlikely event, the NICS would experience a system outage between 7 p.m. Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, the system will remain unavailable until 8 a.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2018.


The NICS Section’s Business Relations Team