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.
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.
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
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.