What is a UPIN?
The VAF is similar to the basic appeal process with one important addition: the Unique Personal Identification Number (“UPIN”). A UPIN provides a means of proving that you are who you claim to be and that you are qualified to purchase a firearm.
You can obtain a UPIN by following the procedures on the FBI’s website:
Fill out and sign the VAF application.
Submit the VAF application along with a copy of your fingerprints and any additional validating materials to the NICS. The VAF allows you to supply any supporting documents such as birth certificates, court records, pardons, etc.
After receiving and reviewing your application, fingerprint card, and any additional materials, you will be notified by mail if you qualify for entry into the VAF. Once you have been cleared through the VAF, you will receive your UPIN.
You’ve Received Your UPIN…
Anytime you purchase a firearm, you can place your UPIN in box nine of the ATF form 4473 and notify the FFL dealer that you have a VAF UPIN. This will prevent the NICS from throwing you into a giant pool of applicants with several commonalities.
With a UPIN, the NICS will be able to quickly identify you, helping you combat any name mix-ups and avoid any future erroneous delays and denials.
With Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage, our Independent Program Attorneys will help you navigate the legal aftermath of a stolen identity or misidentification, so your Second Amendment rights are preserved.
Call to add Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage today, and if you have any questions about obtaining a UPIN, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.