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.
Coronavirus (Covid-19)We are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates. This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing. Renewal applications are currently still being processed. Please contact us online if you have any questions.
Add a place of business to a current dealer certificate
How do I apply?
Step 1: Download and complete the Notification by a Registered Firearms Dealer of a Place of Business Not Already Entered in the Register form (Form 116A).
You'll need these details:
- your current certificate number
- address of the new business
Step 2: Post your completed form to:
Firearms Licensing Unit
Shared Service Centre
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply.
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.
Otherwise, we will contact you within six weeks.