It is an offence to possess, buy or acquire any firearm or ammunition which Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 applies to without a firearm certificate, although there are some legal exceptions. This will show the firearms and ammunition which the holder may have in his or her possession, purchase or acquire. If you are applying to hold a weapon other than a rifle, muzzle loading pistol, or shot gun with a large magazine, you should contact the firearms licensing department for advice.

Grants and renewals of firearms, shotgun and explosives licensing take between 12 and 15 weeks to process.

I need to apply for, renew or change my firearm certificate

Fill in and return the correct form if you applying for a new firearms certificate, renewing an existing certificate, or applying for a change to your certificate. If you are using your firearm for target shooting or on land, you must complete a specific use form (below) as well.

I need a firearms certificate for target shooting and on land

Depending on how and when you plan to use your firearm, you may need to complete one of these forms with your application. Please read the guidance notes carefully to decide if you need to submit one of them. If you are not sure, contact the firearms department.

Grants and renewals take approximately twelve to fifteen weeks to process.

I do not wish to renew my firearms certificate

If you do not wish to renew your firearms certificate, you must surrender or transfer your firearm to an authorised person before your certificate expires. You must also complete and return the form below.

How can I change my details?

If you already have a certificate and your personal circumstances change, please contact the department in writing to update your details. Keep your certificate so you can purchase ammunition. Your certificate will be requested either by the Firearms Enquiry Officer, or by the department when your new certificate is ready.