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Change or Vary a Firearms Certificate

To vary your license, download the Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate and return it to the Firearms Licensing Team explaining your 'good reason' for the request. For example, if you wish to add another firearm to your license, you must be able to justify why you want to do this.

Change of Address or Security

It is your responsibility to advise us of any changes of address or security. Written confirmation must be provided as soon as practicable.  Please complete the Notification of Change of Address form and return to the Firearms Licensing Team, along with your current certificate.


All handguns (revolvers, pistols, handguns of any type) of whatever calibre are now prohibited weapons and require authority from the Secretary of State for possession.

The exceptions to this are:

  • Historical collections
  • Muzzle loading guns
  • Guns authorised for humane dispatch

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Related documents

  • PDF icon Form 201V Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate
    Last updated: 22 December 2016
  • PDF icon Notification of Change of Address
    Last updated: 02 May 2017
  • PDF icon Form 648b Transfer of Firearm-Shotgun
    Last updated: 22 December 2016