Certificate forms and fees

For visitor’s firearm & shotgun permits click here.

Renewals 2015: The normal number of firearm and shotgun renewals start in 2015 after a two-year “quiet” period. To help the police to renew your certificates in time we recommend that you get your renewal applications to them at least twelve weeks before the expiry of your certificate. For full details click here.

Downloadable Firearms Forms

Other useful documents

Explosives licensing forms

Firearms Dealers forms

Home Office forms

Fees for certificates in England, Wales and Scotland

Firearm Certificate – Grant £50
Firearm Certificate – Renewal £40
Firearm Certificate – Variation (One for One variations are free) £26
Replacement Firearm certificate (e.g. where your certificate has been lost completely. Dilapidated certificates are replaced for Free) £9
Shotgun Certificate – Grant £50
Shotgun Certificate – Renewal £40
Shotgun Certificate – Coterminous* £10
Replacement Shotgun certificate (e.g. where your certificate has been lost completely. Dilapidated certificates are replaced for Free) £8
Registered Firearms Dealer – Grant (per premise or shop – valid for 3 years) £150
Registered Firearms Dealer – Renewal (per premise or shop – valid for 3 years) £150
Registration of an additional place of business (for game/trade fairs – if principal place of business is in the same Police Force area) Free
Registration of an additional place of business (for game/trade fairs – if principal place of business is in the another Police Force area) £12
Visitors Permit (1 to 5 people) £12 per person
Visitors Permit (6 to 20 people) £60 for the group
Home Office Approval of Rifle & Muzzle-loading Pistol clubs – (Grant or renewal – valid for 6 years) £84
Firearm Certificate for Home Office approved club (Valid for 5 years) Free

* A coterminous certificate is merely a means of issuing both firearm and shotgun certificates where an applicant requires both (to expire at the same time) at a cheaper cost to the applicant and also at a reduced administration to the police force. If an applicant holds or requires both firearm and shotgun certificates he can request coterminous certificates and normally the best way to do this is:

1. when the firearm certificate becomes due for renewal, request (at the same time) that your shotgun certificate is renewed also. Just complete both forms in the normal way and post them together with the reduced fee of £50, i.e. £40 for the firearm and £10 for the shotgun.

2. when the shotgun certificate becomes due for renewal, and you already hold a firearm certificate, request that the certificate be made coterminous with the firearm certificate. This will cost you the normal £40 but you will pay a reduced fee later when the firearm certificate expires.

3. if the application is for the grant of both certificates. The fee is £50 for the firearm and £10 for the shotgun, making a total of £60.

Fees for certificates in Northern Ireland

Firearm Certificate – Grant £50
Firearm Certificate – Variation £26
Firearm Certificate variation to substitute one firearm for another of the same calibre or type (known as a one for one variation) £10.00
Replacement Firearm certificate (e.g. where your certificate has been lost completely. Dilapidated certificates are replaced for Free) £9
Visitors Permit (1 to 5 people) £12 per person
Visitors Permit (6 to 20 people) £60 for the group
Firearms Club authorisation (Grant or renewal – valid for 5 years) £84

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