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eTrace (Electronic Tracing System)is an internet-based system that allows participating law enforcement agencies to submit firearm traces to the ATF National Tracing Center (NTC).  Authorized users can receive firearm trace results via this same internet web site, search a database of all firearm traces submitted by their individual agency, and perform analytical functions.

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The eTrace application is currently undergoing maintenance. During this time, eTrace functionality has been temporarily limited to the submission of routine traces.

If you prefer to submit a routine trace via ATF Form 3312.1, please utilize the PDF attachments in the hyper-links below:

NTC Trace Request Form - English NTC Trace Request Form - Spanish

For urgent trace submissions, please immediately contact the ATF National Tracing Center at 304-582-2098.

The information, which is made available thru the eTrace website, is for official law enforcement use only. ATF may only disseminate firearm trace related data to a Federal, State, local, tribal, or foreign law enforcement agency, or a Federal, State, or local prosecutor, solely in connection with and for use in a criminal investigation or prosecution; or a Federal agency for a national security or intelligence purpose. This provision shall not be construed to prevent the sharing or exchange of such information among and between Federal, State, local, or foreign law enforcement agencies, Federal, State, or local prosecutors, and Federal national security, intelligence, or counterterrorism officials.
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