How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
Find out below how to apply for or renew a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate. Whether you’re a firearm owner, firearm dealer, shooting club member or planning to travel with firearms, answer a few quick questions and we’ll guide you to the right form and everything you need to complete it.
Renew a firearm certificate and apply for a new shotgun certificate
How do I apply?
There are now two ways you can apply; online or by post.
Whichever one you choose you will need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
How much does it cost?
It costs £90.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
How long does it take?
It can take up to 18 weeks to grant a new certificate.
What you'll need to apply (either by post or online)
You'll need the following to complete your application; it's probably a good idea to have them to hand before you start your application.
Your contact details, including:
work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years
Health & medical information:
details of any relevant conditions you have which need to be disclosed (you’ll find a list of those in the guidance notes)
your GP or practice address, postcode and phone number
previous GP or practice information if you haven’t been registered with your current GP or practice for ten years or more
if, during the last ten years, there have been times when you haven’t been registered with a GP or practice in the UK, we’ll need to know about this and will ask why this was and if there is any information you can give us about this, for example if you’re in the armed services and were posted abroad
Please note: Our offices are on a secure site that's not open to the public. Reception staff will only accept post delivered by the Royal Mail. We can't accept items delivered personally or by courier.
What happens after I apply?
We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.