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Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Revolver Transfer


(Discount available for multiple items transferred at same time)

Virginia State Police Background Check Fee
Transfers Only


NFA Item Transfer (SBRs, SBS, Silencers)


How to Buy a Firearm in Virginia

Requirements for Purchasing a Firearm in Virginia:


Note: These requirements, and a background check, apply whether purchasing a firearm, transferring a firearm, or picking up your unsold consigned firearm.

With all firearms sales and transfers: if any staff member at Sauers & Sons Firearms feels uncomfortable with the sale, we reserve the right to deny the transfer or sale of the firearm and return the firearm to the seller.

Primary  ID:


Primary Identification consists of a VA Drivers license or DMV-issued Photo ID that is more than 30 days old. The ID must have the current and correct name and physical address for the cardholder. A copy of the purchaser’s DMV driver’s record showing that the original date of issue for the license was more than 30-days prior will suffice if the license has been re-issued, or the person has changed addresses.

Primary Identification for a non-VA Resident, for the purchase of a rifle or shotgun, must consist of a valid driver’s license or photo-ID issued by a governmental agency of the prospective purchasers home state that denote the purchasers name, race, sex, date of birth and current address. Federal law prohibits the sale or transfer of a handgun to a nonresident of the state in which the handgun is being purchased.

A social security card or birth certificate IS NOT an acceptable form of Primary identification. A birth certificate is, however, good for proof-of-citizenship for “assault firearm” purchases.

Address Verification:

Virginia State law requires a second form of identification to verify the buyer’s address. This second form of ID must have a name and address that matches the buyer’s primary ID.


Acceptable documents include:

  • concealed Handgun Permit

  • a current lease

  • evidence of currently paid personal property tax or real estate tax

  • a current utility or landline telephone bill

  • a bank statement

  • a current voter registration card

  • a current bank check

  • a current automobile registration

  • a current hunting or fishing license

Assault Firearm Transfer:

An assault firearm is defined as any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that is equipped at the time of sale with a magazine which will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition, equipped with a folding stock, or designed to accommodate a sound suppressor/silencer. Shotguns with a magazine able to load seven or more rounds of the longest shell it can chamber are also considered assault weapons.


Proof of citizenship, or of lawful admission for a permanent residence, must be established prior to the purchase of an “assault firearm.” One of the following forms of proof of citizenship or lawful residence, pursuant to 18.2-308.2 must be presented to purchase an assault firearm:

  • a certified birth certificate or certificate of birth abroad issued by the US State Department

  • an un-expired US Passport

  • a U. S. citizen identification card

  • a current voter registration card

  • a current selective service registration card

  • an immigrant or registration card issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service

  • a certificate of citizenship or a certificate of naturalization issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service


Transfer of Firearms to Non-Citizens:

In addition to the requirements listed above, non-citizens have an additional requirement to purchase or transfer a firearm. Depending on your status, in addition to the two forms of identification, you:


Permanent Residents (“Green Card” Holders): are required to bring a current, valid Green Card with you.

Non-immigrant Aliens (Visa Holders): are required to bring their I-94 Departure Record and bring documentation showing an exemption to the prohibition on non-immigrants possessing a firearm:

  • a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States

  • a waiver from the prohibition from the Attorney General of the United States

Sauers & Sons Firearms

408 Delany Ct

Berryville, VA 22611

(540) 955-8117 | 

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