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Electronic Records Management for Illinois Marijuana Dispensaries





Illinois legislature requires dispensaries in Illinois to maintain security measures to protect both people and product.  One of the requirements for dispensary security is 24/7 video surveillance. Cameras must be rolling at all times and record footage of all entries & exits, parking lots, exterior of building, all vaults, safes, storage areas , and anywhere cannabis is handled in any fashion (sales, disposal, preparation, retail areas, storage, etc.) These cameras must be of substantial quality with the ability for law enforcement to identify vehicle license plates and use facial recognition. These records must be maintained for a minimum of 90 days, and available for review at any time.

All security system equipment and recordings shall be maintained in good working order, in a secure location so as to prevent theft, loss, destruction, or alterations.
Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act., 2019 Bill Text IL H.B. 1438

As if this wasn’t an already massive amount of data to store, dispensaries must also electronically maintain records of the following items for a minimum of three years (even in the event the dispensary closes):

(1)  Operating procedures;

(2)  Inventory records, policies, and procedures;

(3)  Security records;

(4)  Audit records;

(5)  Staff training plans and completion documentation;

(6)  Staffing plan; and

(7)  Business records, including but not limited to:

  • (i)  Assets and liabilities;
  • (ii)  Monetary transactions;
  • (iii)  Written or electronic accounts, including bank statements, journals, ledgers, and supporting documents, agreements, checks, invoices, receipts, and vouchers; and
  • (iv)  Any other financial accounts reasonably related to the dispensary operations.

Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act., 2019 Bill Text IL H.B. 1438

These are all just the requirements set in place by the state of Illinois. It is important to also check the local ordinances to review any additional local guidelines, “…it is crucial to understand compliance within the state or states where an organization operates.” Smallwood, Robert F. Managing Electronic Records: Methods, Best Practices, and Technologies, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2013.

ioSafe data storage products are the best brand manufacturer of virtual cloud data to physical endpoint files and complete systems that process, store and archive data and electronic records for Illinois Dispensary and retail marijuana shops.

Effective electronic record management is vital to the efficient operation of any modern business; “An investment in ERM (Electronic Record Management) is an investment in business process automation and yields document control, document integrity, and security benefits.” Smallwood, Robert F. Managing Electronic Records: Methods, Best Practices, and Technologies, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2013.

When you’re ready to begin the process of securing your business (cannabis or otherwise), the consultants at KL Security are available to assist. Well versed in government regulations and recent legal mandates, we are prepared to ensure your business will pass requirements.

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DEA Rules, security requirements and regulations per the Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR1301.72


Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. All license information and security measures taken directly from legislation: Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act., 2019 Bill Text IL H.B. 1438



Maneuvering Marijuana in Michigan: Secure Transporters

Secure transporters move marijuana product and cash obtained from medical cannabis and/or recreational marijuana transactions across the state for a fee.  Think about it as a business owner: you are operating a new business, and your product was very recently illegal. The black market will continue to operate for some time until the State of Michigan has a system in place to protect these assets. As such, there is a mandated 3rd party transport law for all medical cannabis and recreational marijuana moving from Growers, Processors, Licensed Micro business, storage and retail dispensaries.

“In Colorado, which legalized recreational use in 2014, the illegal black market is now a larger problem than before legalization…” Walsh, Dustin. (4/8/2019) Legal pot vs. black market a balance. Crain’s Detroit Business, Vol. 35 Issue 14, p1-1, 1p.  

Bearing this in mind, the conveyance of product from grower to seller must be protected. 

The state of Michigan will begin accepting applications for select secure transport licenses beginning December 6, 2019. If an individual or entity is thinking of applying for any licensure, it would be in his/her best interest to start assembling documents now. To be eligible as a secure transporter, the license applicant will need to meet several qualifications taken from: Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. SS 333.27505 (LexisNexis 2018) and Mich. Comp. Laws Serv. SS 27959 (LexisNexis 2018):

  • No ownership/interest in another marijuana business
  • May not be a registered patient or caregiver of medicinal marijuana
  • Resident of Michigan
  • May not hold title to marijuana 
Growers, Processor and Provisioning Centers and Secure Transportation of Marijuana and Cannabis The role of secure transporter within the Michigan Medical cannabis and recreational marijuana chain is integral. A grower may not move their product legally (to other growers and/or dispensaries) without using the services of a secure transporter. MCL 333.27503 (4) (LexisNexis, Lexis Advance through Public Act 47 from the 2019 Legislative Session): 







Secure Transporter Requirements: 

  • Drivers must have chauffeur’s license issued by Michigan
  • Employees handling marijuana or cash from transactions may not have a felony conviction within the past five years, been released from incarceration in the past five years, or a hold a  misdemeanor conviction involving substance abuse in the past five years. 
  • Each transporting vehicle must be operated by a minimum 2-person crew. The vehicle is never to be left unattended while marijuana product is in custody.
  • Route plans and manifests must be kept within the vehicle, and available to present to law enforcement at all times. This data must also be logged into the statewide monitoring system. 
  • Marijuana must be contained within sealed containers, and not accessible while the vehicle is in motion. 
  • A vehicle operating as a secure transporter may not display any visual markings or indicate in any way that it is transporting marijuana. 

In Michigan, security requirements vary by municipality and County.  It is imperative one checks the local code for a potential business to correctly implement the adequate standard. It is of the utmost importance that businesses/operators are complying with regulations as these establishments are available for inspection at any time.

DEA Rules, security requirements and regulations per the Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR1301.72

For the latest updates, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is in the process of implementing the security and regulatory framework for the entire state, Michigan County and Townships. Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.

All license information and security measures taken directly from legislation: Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. “REGULATION AND TAXATION OF MARIHUANA ACT”. , 2017 Bill Text MI S.B. 1243 SEC. 501



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Secure your Stash: Licensing and Security in Michigan’s Medical Cannabis & Recreational Marijuana Market

Due to the legalization of marijuana on a medical and recreational level, Michigan is ripe with financial opportunities. There are many different levels of operation an entrepreneur may engage. To cultivate, sell, or transfer marijuana to establishments, one would need a Michigan Grower’s license. There are three classes of license for growers: Class A – 500 marijuana plants; Class B – 1,000 plants; Class C – 1,500 plants. Remember, cannabis still may be subject to DEA Rules, security requirements and regulations per the Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR1301.72

Within the pot hierarchy, there is a step directly below growers: microbusiness. Michigan Microbusiness license holders may cultivate up to 150 marijuana plants, process/package marijuana, and may sell/transfer to those 21 & over but cannot sell to other marijuana businesses. (Think: start up with little capital.)

Next in the cannabis chain, we will find the processor and the retailer. These are separate licenses and have different limitations/functions. The processor may purchase marijuana from a grower, extract resin, or create a marijuana infused product for sale (edibles, etc.), and/or transfer said product to another processor or provisioning center. The retailer may acquire marijuana from establishments and sell to other establishments or individuals.

The chart below demonstrates which cannabis license holder can engage with another:

The state of Michigan will begin accepting applications for select licenses beginning December 6, 2019. If an individual is thinking of applying for any licensure, it would be in his/her best interest to start assembling documents now. The forms and applications are not yet available, but It’s safe to assume the document checklist will resemble those for medicinal facilities. The MMFL prequalification requires over 40 documents alone.  This information can be found on the state of Michigan’s website:,4601,7-154-89334_79571_87302—,00.html

In Michigan, security requirements vary by municipality.  It is imperative one checks the local code for a potential business to correctly implement the adequate standard. It is of the utmost importance that recreational businesses/operators are complying with regulations as these establishments are available for inspection at any time. Performing a realistic evaluation of the expected size of business (as well as future growth) should be done at the introductory phase. For example: a microbusiness may suffice with several small TL-15 Rated safes bolted to the floor or a dispensary may require a modular vault and vault door to house the quantity of inventory.

In summation, asset protection should always be at the forefront of a business owner’s mind. Replacing valuable product or having to cease business to meet government regulations is costly, inconvenient, and stressful.  The cannabis and marijuana industry is sure to be highly competitive and a highly sought-after revenue stream. KL Security has experienced consultants ready to help, and offers security solutions for dispensaries, growers and retails that meet compliance for security.

KL Security is able to help at all levels of the supply chain:

Full line of cash management safes for retail point of sale

Cannabis Inventory Management

Growers, Greenhouses, or Cultivations Farms and Land

  • Safe and Vault Systems
Modular Vaults systems that meet DEA 21CFR1301.72 for Dispensaries are designed for DEA Approved Storage at Growers, Retail and Cultivation Farms

For the latest updates, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is in the process of implementing the security and regulatory framework for the entire state, Michigan County and Townships. Information has been gathered from sources deemed reliable but not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice.

All license information and security measures taken directly from legislation: Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. “REGULATION AND TAXATION OF MARIHUANA ACT”. , 2017 Bill Text MI S.B. 1243 SEC. 501



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ATF Offices in the United States, Contact Information for Storage Requirements

Contact Information for ATF Offices in the United States

Alabama & Tennessee

Head Office: Brentwood, Tennessee

Phone: (615) 565-1400

Fax: (615) 565-1401


Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and Guam

Head Office: Seattle, Washington

Phone: (206) 204-3205

Fax: (206) 204-3252


Arizona and New Mexico

Head Office: Phoenix, Arizona

Office of Criminal Enforcement Phone: (602) 776-5400

Office of Industry Operation Phone: (602) 776-5480

Fax: (602) 776-5429


Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi

Head Office: Metairie, Louisiana

Phone: (504) 841-7000

Fax: (504) 841-7039

California (northern) and Nevada

Head Office: Dublin, California

Phone: (925) 557-2800

Fax: (925) 557-2805


California (Los Angeles)

Head Office: Glendale, California

Phone: (818) 265-2500

Fax: (818) 265-2501


Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming

Head Office: Denver, Colorado

Phone: (303) 575-7600

Fax: (303) 575-7601


Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts

Head Office: Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: (617) 557-1200

Fax: (617) 557-1201


Delaware and Maryland

Head Office: Baltimore, Maryland

Phone: (443) 965-2000

Fax: (443) 965-2001


Florida (Miami)

Head Office: Miami, Florida

Phone: (305) 597-4800

Fax: (305) 597-4801


Florida (Tampa)

Head Office: Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 202-7300

Fax: (813) 202-7301



Head Office: Atlanta, Georgia

Phone: (404) 417-2600

Fax: (404) 417-2601



Head Office: Chicago, Illinois

Phone: (312) 846-7200

Fax: (312) 846-7201


Indiana and Ohio

Head Office: Columbus, Ohio

Phone: (614) 827-8400

Fax: (614) 827-8401


Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

Head Office: Kansas City, Missouri

Phone: (816) 559-0700

Fax: (816) 559-0701


Kentucky and West Virginia

Head Office: Louisville, Kentucky

Phone: (502) 753-3400

Fax: (502) 753-3401



Head Office: Detroit, Michigan

Phone: (313) 202-3400

Fax: (313) 202-3445


Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Head Office: St. Paul, Minnesota

Phone: (651) 726-0200

Fax: (651) 726-0201


New Jersey

Head Office: Woodland Park, New Jersey

Phone: (973) 413-1179

Fax: (973) 413-1190


New York

Head Office: New York, New York

Phone: (646) 335-9000

Fax: (646) 335-9001


North Carolina and South Carolina

Head Office: Charlotte, North Carolina

Phone: (704) 716-1800

Fax: (704) 716-1801


Oklahoma and Texas (northern)

Head Office: Dallas, Texas

Phone: (469) 227-4300

Fax: (469) 227-4330



Head Office: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phone: (215) 446-7800

Fax: (215) 446-7811


Texas (southern)

Head Office: Houston, Texas

Phone: (281) 716-8200

Fax: (281) 716-8219


Virginia and District of Columbia

Head Office: Washington, DC

Phone: (202) 648-8010

Fax: (202) 648-8001

List of Explosive Materials per ATF Federal Law & Storage

Department of Justice: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives:

2017 Annual List of Explosive Materials


Source: Federal Register, Vol. 82 No. 248 December 28, 2017


In accordance with Federal law, the Department of Justice must publish and revise at least annually in the Federal Register a list of explosives determined to be explosive materials.

This list covers explosives, blasting agents and detonators, all of which are defined as “explosive materials.” Each material listed, as well as all mixtures containing any of these materials, constitute ‘‘explosive materials’’ under 18 U.S.C. 841(c). This list contains the 2017 Annual List of Explosive Materials, which remains unchanged from the 2016 Annual List of Explosives.

Note: While the list is comprehensive, it is not all-inclusive. The fact that an explosive material is not on this list doesn’t mean that it is not within the coverage of the law if it otherwise meets the statutory definition in 18 U.S.C. 841.

Materials constituting blasting agents are marked in italics.

Explosive materials are listed alphabetically and followed by their common names (where applicable), chemical names, and/or synonyms in brackets.



Acetylides of heavy metals.

Aluminum containing polymeric propellant.

Aluminum ophorite explosive.




Ammonium nitrate explosive mixtures (cap sensitive).

Ammonium nitrate explosive mixtures (non-cap sensitive).

Ammonium perchlorate having particle size less than 15 microns.

Ammonium perchlorate explosive mixtures (excluding ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP)).

Ammonium picrate [picrate of ammonia, Explosive D].

Ammonium salt lattice with isomorphously substituted inorganic salts.

NFO [ammonium nitrate-fuel oil]. Aromatic nitro-compound explosive mixtures.

Azide explosives.




BEAF [1, 2-bis (2, 2-difluoro-2- nitroacetoxyethane)].

Black powder.

Black powder based explosive mixtures.

Black powder substitutes.

Blasting agents, nitro-carbo-nitrates, including non-cap sensitive slurry and water gel explosives.

Blasting caps.

Blasting gelatin.

Blasting powder.

BTNEC [bis (trinitroethyl) carbonate].

BTNEN [bis (trinitroethyl) nitramine].

BTTN [1,2,4 butanetriol trinitrate].

Bulk salutes.

Butyl tetryl.



Calcium nitrate explosive mixture.

Cellulose hexanitrate explosive mixture.

Chlorate explosive mixtures.

Composition A and variations.

Composition B and variations.

Composition C and variations.

Copper acetylide.

Cyanuric triazide.

Cyclonite [RDX].

Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine [HMX].


Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine [RDX].



DATB [diaminotrinitrobenzene].

DDNP [diazodinitrophenol].

DEGDN [diethyleneglycol dinitrate].

Detonating cord.


Dimethylol dimethyl methane dinitrate composition.


Dinitroglycerine [glycerol dinitrate].



Dinitrophenyl hydrazine.


Dinitrotoluene-sodium nitrate explosive mixtures.

DIPAM [dipicramide; diaminohexanitrobiphenyl].

Dipicryl sulfone.


Display fireworks.

DNPA [2,2-dinitropropyl acrylate].

DNPD [dinitropentano nitrile].





EDDN [ethylene diamine dinitrate].

EDNA [ethylenedinitramine].


EDNP [ethyl 4,4-dinitropentanoate].

EGDN [ethylene glycol dinitrate].

Erythritol tetranitrate explosives.

Esters of nitro-substituted alcohols.


Explosive conitrates.

Explosive gelatins.

Explosive liquids.

Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and hydrocarbons.

Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and nitro bodies.

Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and water insoluble fuels.

Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and water soluble fuels.

Explosive mixtures containing sensitized nitromethane.

Explosive mixtures containing tetranitromethane (nitroform).

Explosive nitro compounds of aromatic hydrocarbons.

Explosive organic nitrate mixtures.

Explosive powders.




Flash powder.

Fulminate of mercury.

Fulminate of silver.

Fulminating gold.

Fulminating mercury.

Fulminating platinum.

Fulminating silver.




Gelatinized nitrocellulose.

Gem-dinitro aliphatic explosive mixtures.

Guanyl nitrosamino guanyl tetrazene.

Guanyl nitrosamino guanylidene hydrazine.





Heavy metal azides.




Hexogen [RDX].

Hexogene or octogene and a nitrated Nmethylaniline.


HMTD [hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine].

HMX [cyclo-1,3,5,7-tetramethylene 2,4,6,8- tetranitramine; Octogen].

Hydrazinium nitrate/hydrazine/aluminum explosive system.

Hydrazoic acid.




Igniter cord.


Initiating tube systems.




KDNBF [potassium dinitrobenzo-furoxane].




Lead azide.

Lead mannite.

Lead mononitroresorcinate.

Lead picrate.

Lead salts, explosive.

Lead styphnate [styphnate of lead, lead trinitroresorcinate].

Liquid nitrated polyol and trimethylolethane.

Liquid oxygen explosives.




Magnesium ophorite explosives.

Mannitol hexanitrate.

MDNP [methyl 4,4-dinitropentanoate].

MEAN [monoethanolamine nitrate].

Mercuric fulminate.

Mercury oxalate.

Mercury tartrate.

Metriol trinitrate.

Minol-2 [40% TNT, 40% ammonium nitrate, 20% aluminum].

MMAN [monomethylamine nitrate]; methylamine nitrate.

Mononitrotoluene-nitroglycerin mixture.





NIBTN [nitroisobutametriol trinitrate].

Nitrate explosive mixtures.

Nitrate sensitized with gelled nitroparaffin.

Nitrated carbohydrate explosive.

Nitrated glucoside explosive.

Nitrated polyhydric alcohol explosives.

Nitric acid and a nitro aromatic compound explosive.

Nitric acid and carboxylic fuel explosive.

Nitric acid explosive mixtures.

Nitro aromatic explosive mixtures.

Nitro compounds of furane explosive mixtures.

Nitrocellulose explosive.

Nitroderivative of urea explosive mixture.

Nitrogelatin explosive.

Nitrogen trichloride.

Nitrogen tri-iodide.

Nitroglycerine [NG, RNG, nitro, glyceryl trinitrate, trinitroglycerine].


Nitroglycol [ethylene glycol dinitrate, EGDN].

Nitroguanidine explosives.

Nitronium perchlorate propellant mixtures.

Nitroparaffins Explosive Grade and ammonium nitrate mixtures.


Nitro-substituted carboxylic acids.





Octogen [HMX].

Octol [75 percent HMX, 25 percent TNT].

Organic amine nitrates.

Organic nitramines.




PBX [plastic bonded explosives].

Pellet powder.

Penthrinite composition.


Perchlorate explosive mixtures.

Peroxide based explosive mixtures.

PETN [nitropentaerythrite, pentaerythrite tetranitrate, pentaerythritol tetranitrate].

Picramic acid and its salts.


Picrate explosives.

Picrate of potassium explosive mixtures.


Picric acid (manufactured as an explosive).

Picryl chloride.

Picryl fluoride.

PLX [95% nitromethane, 5% ethylenediamine].

Polynitro aliphatic compounds.

Polyolpolynitrate-nitrocellulose explosive gels.

Potassium chlorate and lead sulfocyanate explosive.

Potassium nitrate explosive mixtures.

Potassium nitroaminotetrazole.

Pyrotechnic compositions.

Pyrotechnic fuses.

PYX [2,6-bis(picrylamino)] 3,5- dinitropyridine.




RDX [cyclonite, hexogen, T4, cyclo-1,3,5,- trimethylene-2,4,6,-trinitramine; hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-S-triazine].





Safety fuse.

Salts of organic amino sulfonic acid explosive mixture.

Salutes (bulk).

Silver acetylide.

Silver azide.

Silver fulminate.

Silver oxalate explosive mixtures.

Silver styphnate.

Silver tartrate explosive mixtures.

Silver tetrazene.

Slurried explosive mixtures of water, inorganic oxidizing salt, gelling agent, fuel, and sensitizer (cap sensitive).

Smokeless powder.


Sodium amatol.

Sodium azide explosive mixture.

Sodium dinitro-ortho-cresolate.

Sodium nitrate explosive mixtures.

Sodium nitrate-potassium nitrate explosive mixture.

Sodium picramate.


Styphnic acid explosives.




Tacot [tetranitro-2,3,5,6-dibenzo-1,3a,4,6a tetrazapentalene].

TATB [triaminotrinitrobenzene].

TATP [triacetonetriperoxide].

TEGDN [triethylene glycol dinitrate].


Tetrazene [tetracene, tetrazine, 1(5- tetrazolyl)-4-guanyl tetrazene hydrate].

Tetrazole explosives.

Tetryl [2,4,6 tetranitro-N-methylaniline].


Thickened inorganic oxidizer salt slurried explosive mixture.

TMETN [trimethylolethane trinitrate].

TNEF [trinitroethyl formal].

TNEOC [trinitroethylorthocarbonate].

TNEOF [trinitroethylorthoformate].

TNT [trinitrotoluene, trotyl, trilite, triton].



Trimethylol ethyl methane trinitrate composition.

Trimethylolthane trinitrate-nitrocellulose.




Trinitrobenzoic acid.










Urea nitrate.


Water-bearing explosives having salts of oxidizing acids and nitrogen bases, sulfates, or sulfamates (cap sensitive).

Water-in-oil emulsion explosive compositions.


Xanthomonas hydrophilic colloid explosive mixture.

Storage Requirements for NYSED Regent Exams

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires secure

High Security TRTL-30 Safes for Storage Requirements for NYSED Regent Exams

examination materials to be stored in locked Regents boxes. In turn, locked Regent boxes must be stored in a NYSED-approved safe or walk-in vault that meets all of the listed specifications below.

Newly constructed vaults, modified existing vaults, or recently purchased safes must be inspected by a NYSED representative and approved by the department before secure materials can be stored.

Safes must meet or exceed Underwriters Laboratories (UL) TRTL-30 Safe performance standards for burglary resistance and must have:

  • Steel door at least 1 ½” thick
  • Steel walls at least 1” thick
  • 750 lbs. minimum weight
  • Built-in combination lock
  • Sufficient capacity to store the locked Regents boxes or the school’s largest examination request (minimum acceptable unobstructed inside dimensions of 11”H x 20”W x 27D” to store one Regents box)

Walk-In Vaults must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Poured concrete floor
  • No windows or access panels
  • Walls of reinforced cement block or concrete sealed to a poured concrete floor below with structural floor or roof deck above
  • Metal door in a metal frame with interior or welded-pin hinges
  • Built-in dead-latch (deadbolt) with combination or key lock that allows exiting at all times

T K.L. Security we offer a full range of TRTL-30 rated safes for NYSED Regents Exam storage and can customize the interiors to meet your exact needs and requiremetns.


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Contact Information for DEA Offices in the United States

Contact Information for DEA Offices in the United States


Atlanta Division (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee)


Atlanta (Head office): (404) 893-7000

Augusta: (706) 724-9021

Columbus: (706) 649-7850

Macon: (478) 330-7750

Rome: (706) 232-5104

Savannah: (912) 447-1035


North Carolina

Asheville: (828) 350-3440

Charlotte: (704) 770-2050

Greensboro: (336) 547-4210

Raleigh: (919) 790-3004

Wilmington: (910) 815-4513


South Carolina

Charleston: (843) 308-6660

Columbia: (803) 765-5251

Florence: (843) 661-2171

Greenville: (864) 234-0237



Chattanooga: (423) 855-6600

Jackson: (731) 422-2696

Johnson City: (423) 854-9100

Knoxville: (865) 584-9364

Memphis: (901) 969-3500

Nashville: (615) 736-5988


Chicago Division (Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin)



Chicago (Head office): (312) 353-7875

Rockford: (815) 987-4494

Springfield: (217) 585-2750



Evansville: (812) 465-6457

Ft. Wayne: (260) 420-4018

Indianapolis: (317) 226-7977

Merrillville: (219) 681-7000



Minneapolis: (612) 344-4100


North Dakota

Bismarck: (701) 250-4550

Fargo: (701) 476-5500



Green Bay: (920) 492-4907

Madison: (608) 210-4300

Milwaukee: (414) 336-7300


Dallas Division (Texas and Oklahoma)


Dallas (Head office): (214) 366-6900

Fort Worth: (817) 639-2000

Lubbock: (806) 798-7189

Tyler: (903) 579-2400



McAlester: (918) 426-5020

Oklahoma City: (405) 475-7500

Tulsa: (918) 459-9600


Denver Division (Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming)


Centennial (Head office): (720) 895-4040

Colorado Springs: (719) 262-3000

Durango: (970) 385-5147

Glenwood Springs: (970) 945-0744

Grand Junction: (970) 683-322



Billings: (406) 655-2900

Missoula: (406) 552-6703



Salt Lake City: (801) 524-4156

St. George: (435) 673-6255



Casper: (307) 261-6200

Cheyenne: (307) 778-1500


Detroit Division (Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio)



Detroit (Head office): (313) 234-4000

East Lansing: (517) 337-6604

Grand Rapids: (616) 458-0616

Flint: (810) 768-7600



Lexington: (859) 977-6100

London: (606) 862-4500

Louisville: (502) 582-5908

Madisonville: (270) 821-6899



Cincinnati: (513) 684-3671

Cleveland: (216) 274-3600

Columbus: (614) 255 4200

Dayton: (937) 291-1988

Toledo: (419) 259-6490

Youngstown: (330) 740-7000


El Paso Division (New Mexico and Texas)

New Mexico

Albuquerque: (505) 452-4500

Las Cruces: (575) 526-0700



Alpine: (432) 837-6000

El Paso (Head office): (915) 832-6000

Midland: (432) 686-4085


Houston Division (Texas)


Austin: (512) 344-4900

Beaumont: (409) 981-7400

Brownsville: (956) 504-7000

Corpus Christi: (361) 887-1200

Del Rio: (830) 778-7886

Eagle Pass: (830) 752-4000

Galveston: (281) 335-2900

Houston (Head office): (713) 693-3000

Laredo: (956) 523-6000

McAllen: (956) 992-8400

San Antonio:  (210) 442-5600

Waco: (254) 297-0300


Los Angeles Division (California, Hawaii and Nevada)


Los Angeles (Head office): (213) 621-6700

Riverside: (951) 328-6000

Santa Ana: (714) 647-4900

Ventura: (805) 383-6454



Honolulu: (808) 541-1930

Maui: (808) 244-1136



Las Vegas: (702) 759-8000

Reno: (775) 327-8900


Louisville Division (Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia)

West Virginia

Charleston: (304) 347-5209

Clarksburg: (304) 623-3700

Wheeling: (304) 234-6092



Chattanooga: (423) 855-6600

Jackson: (731) 422-2696

Johnson City: (423) 854-9100

Knoxville: (865) 584-9364

Memphis: (901) 969-3500

Nashville: (615) 736-5988



Lexington: (859) 977-6100

London: (606) 862-4500

Louisville (Head office): (502) 582-5908

Madisonville:  (270) 821-6899



Miami Division (Florida)


Fort Myers: (239) 275-3662

Gainesville: (352) 371-2077

Homestead: (305) 224-9850

Jacksonville: (904) 348-5225

Key West: (305) 295-8603

Orlando: (407) 333-7000

Panama City: (850) 913-2700

Pensacola: (850) 469-9060

Port St. Lucie: (772) 873-3600

Tallahassee: (850) 350-7300

Tampa: (813) 287-5160

Titusville: (321) 633-1216

Weston (Head office): (954) 660-4500

West Palm Beach: (561) 684-8000



New England Division (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont)



Bridgeport: (203) 579-5591

Hartford: (860) 240-3233

New Haven: (203) 497-5200


Bangor: (207) 262-4666

Portland: (207) 780-3331



Boston (Head office): (617) 557-2100

Cape Cod: (508) 790-3713

New Bedford: (508) 996-4804

Springfield: (413) 306-6920

Worcester: (508) 793-0110



Manchester: (603) 628-7411

Portsmouth: (603) 433-0650


Rhode Island

Providence: (401) 732-2550



Burlington: (802) 951-2900


New Jersey Division

New Jersey

Atlantic City: (609) 383-3322

Camden: (856) 321-2420

Paterson: (973) 357-4037

Newark (Head office): (973) 776-1100


New Orleans Division (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi)


Birmingham: (205) 321-1300

Huntsville: (256) 519-6722

Mobile: (251) 441-5831

Montgomery: (334) 273-7300



Fayetteville: (479) 442-2618

Fort Smith: (479) 783-6300

Little Rock: (501) 217-6500



Baton Rouge: (225) 389-0254

Lafayette: (337) 706-3940

Metaire (Head office): (504) 840-1100

Monroe: (318) 651-7117

Shreveport: (318) 676-4080



Gulfport: (228) 863-2992

Jackson: (601) 965-4400

Oxford: (662) 234-8542


New York Division


New York

Albany: (518) 782-2000

Buffalo: (716) 846-6000

Long Island: (631) 420-4500

New York (Head office): (212) 337-3900

Plattsburgh: (518) 562-6900

Rochester: (585) 263-3180

Syracuse: (315) 426-5300

Westchester: (914) 682-6256


Philadelphia Division (Delaware and Pennsylvania)



Dover: (302) 672-6383

Wilmington: (302) 395-4600



Allentown: (610) 770-0940

Harrisburg: (717) 221-2270

Philadelphia (Head office): (215) 861-3474

Pittsburgh: (412) 777-6940

Scranton: (570) 496-1020


Phoenix Division

Arizona DEA Offices

Flagstaff: (928) 226-1659

Lake Havasu: (928) 955-9496

Nogales: (520) 281-1727

Phoenix (Head office): (602) 664-5600

Sierra Vista: (520) 458-3691

Tucson: (520) 573-5500

Yuma: (928) 344-9550


San Diego Division


Carlsbad: (760) 268-5700

Imperial County: (760) 355-0857

San Diego (Head office): (858) 616-4100

San Ysidro: (619) 671-4500


San Francisco Division


Bakersfield: (661) 396-3736

Fresno: (559) 487-5402

Modesto: (209) 558-6300

Oakland: (510) 637-5600

Redding: (530) 722-2056

Sacramento: (916) 480-7100

San Francisco (Head office): (415) 436-7900

San Jose: (408) 282-3400

Santa Rosa: (707) 837-2324

Seattle Division (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington)


Anchorage: (907) 271-5033

Fairbanks: (907) 455-1818



Boise: (208) 386-2100



Bend: (541) 385-8798

Eugene: (541) 465-6861

Medford: (541) 776-4260

Portland: (503) 721-6600

Salem: (503) 399-5902



Bellingham: (360) 676-3100

Seattle (Head office): (206) 553-5443

Spokane: (509) 353-2964

Tacoma: (253) 383-7901

Tri-Cities, Kennewick: (509) 374-3444

Yakima: (509) 454-4407


St. Louis Division (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota)


Carbondale: (618) 457-3605

Fairview Heights: (618) 628-0025

Quad Cities: (309) 793-5708



Cedar Rapids: (319) 393-6085

Des Moines: (515) 284-4700

Sioux City: (712) 255-9128



Garden City: (620) 275-7798

Kansas City: (913) 951-4000

Topeka: (785) 232-4065

Wichita: (316) 838-2500



Cape Girardeau: (573) 334-1534

Jefferson City: (573) 635-1331

St. Louis (Head office): (314) 538-4600

Springfield: (417) 888-9800



Omaha: (402) 965-3600


South Dakota

Rapid City: (605) 343-4947

Sioux Falls: (605) 330-4421


Washington, DC Division (Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia)



Baltimore: (410) 244-3500

Hagerstown: (301) 223-1997

Salisbury: (410) 860-4800



Bristol: (276) 466-4057

Hampton: (757) 825-5799

Norfolk: (757) 314-2200

Richmond: (804) 627-6300

Roanoke: (540) 857-2555

Springfield (DEA Headquarters): (202) 307-1000

Winchester: (540) 662-5879


Washington, DC

Head office: (202) 305-8500


West Virginia

Charleston: (304) 347-5209

Clarksburg: (304) 623-3700

Wheeling: (304) 234-6092





Type 1 Storage Requirements & Specifications for Approved Storage Regulations

Type-1 Storage Requirements

Type 1 Storage Magazines for approved storage. Get prices and pricing for budgetary purposes from KL Security

High explosives (including blasting caps, detonating cord, dynamite, shaped charges, boosters, etc.) must be stored in ​Type-1​ permanent magazines. Blasting agents stored ​with high explosives must be stored in ​Type-1​ or Type-2 magazine. Low explosives must be stored in Type-1​, -2, or -4 magazines.

Type-1​ permanent magazines must be:

  • Bullet-resistant
  • Fire-resistant
  • Weather-resistant
  • Theft-resistant
  • Inspected at least once ​every 7 days

Type-1 Storage Specifications

  • Locations of Outdoor Magazines
    • No closer to inhabited buildings, passenger railways, public highways, or other magazines than minimum distances specified in Tables of Distances


  • Locations of Indoor Magazines
    • May not be located in a residence or dwelling
  • Vehicular Magazines (used only for low explosive storage)
    • Immobilize by removing wheels or installing a kingpin locking device when unattended


Type-1 Housekeeping and Construction

  • Hinges and hasps must be installed so that they cannot be removed when doors are closed and locked. They must be attached to doors by:
    • Welding, Riveting, or Bolting (nuts inside door)
  • Locks must be protected by ¼″ steel hoods to prevent theft. This doesn’t apply to doors secured on inside via bolt, lock, or bar that cannot be actuated from the outside. Each door must have:
    • 2 mortise locks

○  2 padlocks fastened in separate hasps & staples

■    Padlocks must have at least 5 tumblers and casehardened shackles (at least a 3/8″ diameter)

○           A combination of mortise lock and padlock

○      A mortise lock requiring 2 keys; or a 3-point lock

  • Lighting must meet National Electrical Code and/or NFPA 70-81 standards
    • Electrical switches and wiring must be located outside of the magazine

■   Battery-activated safety lights or lanterns are acceptable

  • Ground must slope away for drainage or provide other acceptable means for drainage
  • Magazines must be clean, dry, and free of grit, paper, empty packages/containers and trash
  • Spark-producing utensils cannot be stored in magazine
  • Explosive leakage stains must be cleaned
  • Deteriorated explosives must be destroyed per manufacturer instructions
  • The surrounding area must be kept clear of trash, brush, dry grass, or trees (less than 10′ tall), for no less than 25′ radius
  • Volatile materials must be kept at least 50′ away from outdoor magazines ● Live foliage to stabilize an earthen covering is acceptable



Item Requirements
Foundation Brick, concrete, cement block, stone, or wood posts. If piers or posts are used in lieu of continuous foundation, the space under buildings must be enclosed with metal.



Strong enough to bear maximum storage weight and non-sparking (pallets constructed of, or covered with, non-sparking material is acceptable).


Masonry Wall Brick, concrete, tile, cement block, or cinder block no less than 6” thick. Hollow masonry spaces filled with well-tamped, coarse, dry sand or weak concrete (1 part cement to 8 parts sand with water to dampen while tamping).
Metal Wall Fabricated sectional sheet steel or aluminum (no less than 14-gauge) securely fastened to metal framework. Interior walls lined with brick, solid cement blocks, hardwood (no less than 4” thick) or at least 6” sand fill between interior and exterior walls.
Interior Walls (Masonry and metal walls) Constructed of, or covered with, non-sparking material. Ferrous metal nails in floor and walls must be blind nailed, countersunk, or covered  with non-sparking material.
Wood Wall Exterior walls must be covered with iron or aluminum no less than 26-gauge. Inner walls must be covered with non-sparking material constructed to provide at least 6″ space between outer and inner walls. Space filled with coarse dry sand or weak concrete.
Ventilation (no openings except for entrances and ventilation)



Ventilation must be provided to prevent dampness and heating of explosives. Vent openings must be screened. Openings in side walls and foundations must be offset or shielded for bullet-resistance. Magazines with foundation and roof ventilators with air circulating between side walls and floors, or


side walls and ceiling must have a wooden lattice lining (or equivalent) to prevent stacking explosives against walls.
Roof (bullet-resistant ceiling /roof) For buildings without fabricated metal roofs, outer roof must be covered with no less than 26-guage iron or aluminum, fastened to at least 7/8″ sheathing.


If a bullet could be fired directly through the roof into magazine at an angle to strike explosives, the roof must:

●      Include a sand tray lined with a layer of nonporous material, filled with at least 4″ coarse, dry sand—located at tops of inner walls covering entire ceiling area (except ventilation); or

●      Be a fabricated metal roof of 3/16″ plate steel lined with 4″ hardwood. (For each additional 1/6″ plate steel, hardwood lining may be decreased by


●      For roofs not of fabricated metal, outer roof must be covered with no less than 26-guage iron or aluminum, fastened to at least 7/8″ sheathing.

Doors Must be constructed of at least ¼″ plate steel and lined with at least 2″ hardwood
Igloo, “Army-type structure”, tunnel, and dugout Must be built of reinforced concrete, metal, masonry, or combination. If not bullet- resistant, must have earth mound covering of
at least 24” on top, sides and rear. Interior walls and floors must be constructed of, or covered with, non-sparking material.

Sources: ATF Publication 5400.17 (May 2016) and

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ATF Federal Explosives Storage Magazine Requirements

ATF Federal Explosives regulations noted in 27 CFR Part 555 Subpart K specify detailed construction requirements for explosive magazines. All explosive material MUST be kept in locked magazines UNLESS:

  • In the process of manufacture
  • Physically handled by a licensee or user during the operating process
  • Currently in use
  • In transport to a place of storage or use by a licensee, permittee, or an individual who lawfully and legally acquired explosive materials under Section 106 Subpart F

Explosive materials MUST be kept in magazines that meet the construction, locking, and specified table of distance requirements noted in Subpart K. When none of the specified conditions and standards listed above apply:

  • All explosive materials must be stored in appropriate magazines
  • Magazines must meet construction and housekeeping fulfillments noted in Sections

555.211 & 215

  • Magazines must meet table of distance requirements presented in Section 218
  • Magazines must be inspected every 7 days
  • Permanent outdoor magazines must have a solid foundation or be metal skirted to prevent access from underneath
  • Explosive materials may not be left unattended in Type-3 magazines (including “day boxes”) and must be removed to Type-1 or -2 magazines for storage
  • Storage regulations DO NOT apply to binary explosives until mixed

Explosive Types and Storage

High Explosives

High explosives is a function by detonation that causes a rapid decomposition of the material caused by a shock wave moving through the product at a rate faster than the speed of sound. All high explosives (including blasting caps, detonating cord, dynamite, shaped charges, boosters, etc.) in accordance to Section 555.203 must be stored in:

Low Explosives

Low explosives detonate producing a large volume of heated gas. All low explosives in accordance to Section 555.203 (such as black powder, display fireworks, safety fuse, igniters, etc.) must be stored in:

  • Type-1, -2, or -4 Permanent, portable or mobile (indoor/outdoor) magazines

Blasting Agents

Blasting agents are a material or mixture that consists of fuel and oxidizer that is intended solely for blasting and that cannot be detonated by a No. 8 test blasting cap when unconfined. Blasting agents may be stored** in:

  • Type-5 Permanent, portable, or mobile (indoor/outdoor) magazines

**Blasting agents stored WITH high explosives must be stored in a Type-1 or -2 magazine


Storage Security

Hinges and Hasps

Hinges and hasps must be attached to storage doors by bolting, riveting, or welding so that the door bolts cannot be removed from the outside.


Having the appropriate locks will help hinder robberies and break-ins. The ATF recommends that any padlock securing an explosives magazine have an ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials) rating of at least 5.

More information can be found in ASTM’s F883-97 “Standard Performance Specifications for Padlocks”.

General requirements:

  • Two mortise locks
  • Two padlocks fastened in separate hasps and staples
  • Padlocks must have at least five tumblers and a casehardened shackle of at least ⅜-inch diameter
  • Padlocks must be protected with no less than ¼-inch steel hoods constructed so as to prevent sawing or lever actions on the locks, hasps, and staples
  • Three-point lock
  • Combination of mortise lock and padlock
  • Mortise lock requiring two keys to open

Indoor Magazines

The locking requirements for indoor magazines are similar to outdoor magazines requirements with a few exceptions. An indoor magazine located in a locked secured room with door hinges and lock hasp securely fastened to the magazine (noted in 27 CFR 555.208(b), 555.210(b) and 555.211(b)), may have each door locked with one steel padlock that meets the stated requirements above.

“Hockey Puck” Locks

“Hockey puck” locks have no visible shackle. The locking bolt and staple are completely covered and protected by the lock body. For the locks to be approved for use, the lock must have a casehardened shackle and a close-fitting shroud to prevent sawing or prying of the lock.

Prior to installation, the licensee/permittee must submit a request for a variance.

Flush Mounted Locks

Flush mounted locks (aka “flush-mount lever locks”) do not provide sufficient protection against pulling or prying the lid off the magazine. A flush mounted lock fails to provide an acceptable level of theft-resistance for indoor storage of low explosive materials and may not be used to secure Type-4 indoor magazines. Additional information can be found at ATF Ruling 2004-3.

Licensee and/or permittee who desires to use this type of lock in a secured room that is locked as noted in subparagraph (b) of 27 CFR 555.210 may submit a request for a variance.

Vehicular Magazines for Storage 

Type-2, -4, and -5 unattended vehicular magazines must have the wheels removed or otherwise immobilized by kingpin locking devices. Other methods must be approved by the Director.

Magazine Inspections

  • Magazines must be inspected at least once every 7 days. Inspection must be sufficient to determine if there has been unauthorized or attempted entry
  • A full inventory of your explosive materials is required annually and entered into your Daily Summary of Magazine Transactions

Bullet Resistance

Federal regulations require that Type-1 and Type-2 explosive magazines be bullet-resistant. “Bullet-resistant” means resistant to penetration by a bullet of 150 grain M2 ball ammunition (nominal muzzle velocity of 2,700 feet per second). Construction requirements for Type-2 outdoor magazines (i.e. exterior and doors constructed of not less than ¼-inch thick steel and lines with at least 2 inches of hardwood) are fixed to guarantee bullet-resistance.

ATF Ruling 76-18 details alternate construction standards for explosive magazines.

Bullet Resistance for Type-2 Indoor Storage

Type-2 indoor magazines do not need to be bullet-resistant if the buildings in which they’re stored in provide protection from bullet penetration. Type-2 indoor magazines have less strict construction regulations due to the additional protection afforded by the associated building (see Part 555.208(b)). Please note that if the magazine, nor the building in which it is located, is bullet resistant, then the magazine and building must meet bullet-resistance requirements.

If there’s a concern that the combined construction doesn’t meet listed requirements and ATF Ruling 76-18 doesn’t address the situation, a licensee or permittee may submit a request for a variance to the requirements contained in 27 CFR 555.208. Variance requestions should be submitted to the Explosives Industry Programs Branch via your local ATF office. When submitting your request for a variance, please include specific construction information for both the magazine and building in which it is located.

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Upcyled Cardboard boxes are turned into shipping and packing materials to save small business lots of money year over year.
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