Gambling Device Registration


The Gambling Devices Act of 1962, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1171-1178, requires registration by any person or entity engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, reconditioning, buying, selling, leasing, using, or making available for use by others any gambling device before any such device enters interstate or foreign commerce. Registration is to be requested in writing each calendar year prior to engaging in business and is effective on the date all required information is received at the Department of Justice. The request for registration should include the registrant’s name and each trade name under which the registrant does business, the address of each of the registrant’s places of business, the street address in any state or possession of the United States where the gambling device records can be viewed, the officers’ or owners’ names and titles, and the activities the registrant intends to engage in during the calendar year as described in section 1173 of the statute.

The Department of Justice will not render advisory opinions as to whether specific devices are covered by the statute, nor will it undertake to answer any inquiries relating to specific situations. Such questions should be directed to private counsel.

To register, please complete the Request for Registration and choose the “Submit Electronically” option. Also, please choose the option to save the form so that you can use it to resubmit next year, if desired. There is no fee to register. Confirmation of your request will be e-mailed to you once it has been approved and processed. Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks for processing; during the annual registration period (begins December 1 of each year through March of the following year), please allow approximately 6 to 8 weeks if filed electronically, longer if filed in paper copy.

Contact Information

Email: (preferred method of contact)

Telephone: 202-353-0888

If you have any questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions, Gambling Device Act of 1962 Information Sheet, and Tips on Completing a Registration Request before contacting us. We prefer that you contact us by email, but if you do not have email, you may call (202) 353-0888.

Gambling Device Registration Information

Request for Registration (PDF)

Tips on Completing a Registration Request (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Gambling Devices Act of 1962 Information Sheet (PDF)

Title 15 USC 1171 - 1178

Title 28 CFR 3.1 - 3.6

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Updated September 13, 2015