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Firearms licensing applications

You may wish to take up shooting as a hobby or indeed you may require a gun to use as part of your trade. Also you may consider it useful to attend some form of training course to give you not only practical advice but also the foundations of firearms legislation.

Before applying for a certificate it is advisable to take advice from other firearm users or shooting organisations to enable you to give consideration as to what type of certificate you require.

A signature is required on all certificate applications; i.e. electronic applications are currently not allowed.

Application forms can be obtained from the front desk of any Police Station in the City or from the Licensing Office. An interactive form can be located using the following:

Firearms Rules 2015

Application form

Variation form

Once you have an application form, you should complete the form and return it to the following address:

Police Licensing Office
Walbrook Wharf
78-83 Upper Thames Street

It is important that you answer all of the questions on the form. This will avoid any unnecessary delays in dealing with the application.

Four passport-sized photographs are required to be submitted with each application, one of which you must sign on the back. Another should have a referee endorsement that it is a true likeness.

Shotgun certificate applications (renewals and grants) should contain the details of a person who has known you for at least two years (see the notes with the application form for full details).

Firearm certificate applications (renewals and grants) require two such referees.