The possession and use of firearms in the UK is prohibited, unless you have been granted a suitable licence by the police.
To apply for, or renew a firearms/shotgun licence, you can download the Application for Firearm/Shotgun Certificate. Complete, print and sign the form and return to the Firearms Licensing Team.
Each application must be supported by an endorsement from two people who have agreed to be a referee. The referees must meet the following requirements:
Each application must also be supported by a passport photograph of the applicant showing them in their current true likeness. The photograph must be signed by the applicant.
Supporting information demonstrating your good reason for possessing a section 1 firearm, is vital when we make our decision on granting or renewing your license.
Provide this information on the Request for Additional Information form.
Firearms and shotgun certificates are valid for five years, after which they will have to be renewed.
We deal with a high number of renewals every month and are therefore unable to acknowledge individual applications.
If your application is complete, payment will be processed immediately.
All incomplete applications will be returned for your attention.
Applications are dealt with in order of their expiry date.
Certificates are renewed approximately 7-14 days before the expiry date to ensure you remain in lawful possession of your guns.
Depending on current renewal procedures, you may not receive an inspection visit.
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