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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.
Apply for a shotgun certificate
You can apply online.
You'll need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
It costs £79.50.
It can take up to 18 weeks to grant a new certificate.
Your contact details, including:
Health and medical information:
Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):
Details about the shotgun(s) and ammunition you intend to acquire:
The details of one referee you've known for more than two years, including:
Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.
Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.
Step 2: Upload your GP proforma and your photo as part of the online application.
Step 3: Make your payment online.
The form will take about 20 minutes to complete and you won't be able to save your application as you go, so it will need to be done in one sitting.
Click the 'Start' button below to start your online application.
We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.