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.

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Apply for a certificate to possess less than 15kg of explosives for use in a 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 ER4A).

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.