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

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Apply for a certificate to travel with a firearm from the UK to an EU country

How do I apply?

Step 1: Apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) by writing to:

Firearms Licensing Unit
Shared Service Centre
Ash House
111 Acres
Princeton Drive
TS17 6AJ


Please include:

  • your full name and contact details
  • your current certificate number
  • the shotgun(s) and/or firearm(s) you would like to include on your EFP (make, model, serial number)
  • the country you're travelling to
  • your planned travel dates

Step 2
: Contact the British embassy, consulate or high commission in your destination country. They'll be able to advise you on the necessary steps.

Step 3: Contact your airline and travel company to make sure you comply with all of their security requirements.

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, you should receive your certificate within eight weeks.