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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.
Apply for a shotgun certificate
You can apply online or by post.
You'll need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
It costs £79.50.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
It can take up to six months to grant a new certificate.
Your contact details, including:
Health and medical information:
Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):
Details about the shotgun(s) and ammunition you intend to acquire:
The details of one referee you've known for more than two years, including:
Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.
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 1: Download the application form (Form 201) and the GP proforma.
Step 2: Print and complete the forms.
Step 3: Attach one passport-style photo (45mm high x 35mm wide).
Step 4: Make out a cheque or postal order for £79.50 payable to Northants PCC. We can't accept cash.
Step 5: Post your completed form and cheque or postal order to:
Firearms Licensing Unit
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.
We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.