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.
Renew a firearm certificate and apply for a new shotgun certificate
How do I apply?
You can apply online or by post.
Whichever one you choose you will need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
How much does it cost?
It costs £90.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
How long does it take?
It can take up to six months to grant a new certificate.
You'll need the following to complete your application
Your contact details, including:
work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years
Health and medical information:
details of any relevant conditions you have which need to be disclosed (you’ll find a list of those in the guidance notes)
your GP or practice address, postcode and phone number
previous GP or practice information if you haven’t been registered with your current GP or practice for ten years or more
if, during the last ten years, there have been times when you haven’t been registered with a GP or practice in the UK, we’ll need to know about this and will ask why this was and if there is any information you can give us about this, for example if you’re in the armed services and were posted abroad
your completed GP proforma - you'll need to download this and have your GP fill it in. Then send it to us with your application or re-upload it as part of your online application
Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):
details of the offence, including the date (month and year)
Details about the firearm(s), shotgun(s) and ammunition you own and intend to acquire:
calibre, type and reason for having the firearm(s)
calibre and quantity of ammunition
security arrangements - how and where the firearm(s) and shotgun(s) will be stored, whether the arrangements are shared (and, if they are, the details of who they are shared with)
The details of two referees you've known for more than two years, including:
their date and place of birth
Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.
one passport-style photo which is no larger than 1MB in size and is a .jpg/.jpeg
credit or debit card details to make your online payment
if you're not a UK national you'll need to supply a criminal record check from your country of origin with your application. You'll need to pay for this. Find out how to get a criminal record check.
Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.
Step 2: Upload your GP proforma and your photo as part of the online application.
Step 3: Make your payment online.
The form will take about 20 minutes to complete and you won't be able to save your application as you go, so it will need to be done in one sitting.
Click the 'Start' button below to start your online application.
Step 3: Attach one passport-style photo (45mm high x 35mm wide).
Step 4: Make out a cheque or postal order for £90 payable to Northants PCC. We can't accept cash.
Step 5: Post your completed form and cheque or postal order to:
Firearms Licensing Unit Police Headquarters Wootton Hall Northampton NN4 0JQ
Please note: Our offices are on a secure site that's not open to the public. Reception staff will only accept post delivered by the Royal Mail. We can't accept items delivered personally or by courier.
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.