Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gambling Device Registration Unit at the Criminal Division has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff. As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving responses to telephone inquiries. We will be able to respond to requests made by e-mail more quickly than those by telephone, however if you wish to make a telephone inquiry, please include the e-mail address to which the response should be sent. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
**ALL REGISTRATION REQUESTS TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY**
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 form on a PC running Microsoft Windows, or Mac. NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows or Mac is required to use this form; tablets or mobile devices are not supported. Depending on your computer's configuration, the form may not open within your browser. If that is the case please save the form to your computer before opening it. Make sure Adobe Acrobat Reader is used to open the form, not any other PDF viewers (i.e. Foxit is not supported.)
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 for processing. Mailed or faxed registrations are no longer accepted.
Email: Gambling.Registration@usdoj.gov (preferred method of contact)
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. Please contact us by e-mail, however, if e-mail is unavailable to you, you may leave a message at (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)