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 fax it to (202) 353-7675. You should type in responses to all questions before printing out the form. If a particular question is not applicable, type “None” or “Not applicable.” If you prefer to download the document in Microsoft Word, click here.
There is no fee to register. A registration confirmation letter will be mailed to the address specified once your request has been processed (please allow approximately three to four weeks for processing and mailing; during annual registration period (begins December 1 of each year), please allow approximately 6 to 8 weeks).
U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division, OEO
Gambling Device Registration Unit
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
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) 514-6809.
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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