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 travel with a firearm to the UK from a country outside the EU

How do I apply?

You'll need a 'sponsor' to apply for a visitor's permit on your behalf. This person must be resident in the UK.

A typical application takes up to six weeks to process.

Please ask your sponsor to take these three steps:

Step 1: Download and complete the Application for a Visitor's Firearm/Shot Gun Permit form (Form 107).

They'll need:

  • a copy of your current firearms certificate (if applicable)
  • your club or society details (if applicable)
  • if neither of the above apply, a confirmation of good character letter from the government or police
  • details of where your firearms will be stored while in the UK
  • details of which firearm or shotgun and ammunition you'll be buying, using or transporting
  • your criminal conviction history (if applicable)

 

Step 2: Make out a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee, payable to TP & CC for Cleveland Police.

We can't accept cash.

Step 3: Post the completed form, documents and cheque or postal order to:

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

 

How much does it cost?

An application for one to five people is £20 per person.

An application for a group (six to 20 people) is £100.


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, they should receive your permit within six to eight weeks.

How do I apply?

You'll need a 'sponsor' to apply for a visitor's permit on your behalf. This person must be resident in the UK.

A typical application takes up to six weeks to process.

Please ask your sponsor to complete these three steps:

Step 1: Download and complete our Application for a Visitor's Firearm/Shot Gun Permit form (Form 107).

They'll need:

  • a copy of your European Firearms Pass (EFP)
  • a copy of your current firearms certificate (if applicable)
  • your club or society details (if applicable)
  • if neither of the above apply, a confirmation of good character letter from the government or police
  • details of where your firearm(s) and / or shotgun(s) will be stored while in the UK
  • details of which firearm and / or shotgun and ammunition you'll be getting, using or transporting
  • your criminal conviction history (if applicable)

Step 2: Make out a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee, payable to TP & CC for Cleveland Police.

We can’t accept cash.

 

Step 3: Post the completed form, documents and cheque to:

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

 

How much does it cost?

An application for one to five people is £20 per person.

An application for a group (six to 20 people) is £100.


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, they should receive your permit within eight weeks.