With effect from the 20th May 2021 we are able to accept payment of fees by credit or debit card. You should indicate on your application form if you wish to pay by this method. On receipt of your application form you will be contacted by a member of the admin team to facilitate your payment.
Please note that due to the current volume of work telephone lines for the department are only answered between the hours of 10am and 2pm.
You can e mail the department with queries at [email protected].
Firearm & Explosives Licensing Unit
- Firearm & Shotgun Application Pack
- Variation Form
- Application Form Notes
- Visitors Firearm Application Form
- Application for Registration, or for new Certificate of Registration as 'Registered Firearms Dealer' 116
- Notification by RFD of a place of business not already entered in the register (additional trading premises) 116A
- Application for an Explosives Certificate ER4
- Application for a Storage Licence under the Explosives Regulations ER2
- Application for an Explosives Certificate ER 4a
- Application for Renewal of an Explosive Certificate for black powder to be used in Firearms ER 4b
Firearms Licence - Good Reason
An applicant for a firearm certificate needs to demonstrate "good reason" for the weapons requested. In the case of target shooting, "good reason" can only be satisfied by the applicant being a full and active member of a Home Office approved club (probationary membership is not acceptable), and the club must be approved for the use of the firearms requested in the application.
Please complete the Form for Good Reason if you are applying for a Firearms Certificate.
Relevant form(s) should be downloaded/printed. Once completed, please post direct to the following address:
Firearms & Explosives Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 77
Email address for queries: [email protected]
Applications for Home Office Approved Shooting Clubs
Following the successful pilot project for online shooting clubs, all applications for approval (new or renewal) should be submitted directly to the Home Office, via the web portal, from Monday 11 June 2018. This applies to all clubs in England and Wales. Applications will only be accepted by the Home Office, and should no longer be sent directly to the police.
Once you have submitted your application, the Home Office will review it and pass it to the local police force, who will then make enquiries before sending the application back to the Home Office. If you do not provide sufficient information or supporting evidence, the Home Office may reject your application and invite you to resubmit it.
Before applying you must ensure that you fulfil the criteria as set out in the Home Office Clubs’ Criteria leaflet. Renewals cost £84 and are valid for 6 years. You should apply to renew your approval at least 3 months before it’s due to expire.