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 acquire less than 15kg of explosives for use other than in a firearm or re-enactment

How do I apply?

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.

Step 2: Download and complete the Application for Explosives Certificate form (Form ER4).

You'll need these details:

  • your home addresses from the last five years
  • your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
  • previous explosive certificates (if applicable)
  • any previous convictions
  • any physical or mental health conditions

In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.

Step 3: Post your completed form to:

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

 

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.