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To apply for a firearm or shotgun licence, read this information carefully and then download the appropriate form from the ‘Downloads’ section below.
Download and print the required form, (it cannot be saved for later), and complete by hand. Please check you have signed it and enclosed the necessary items before sending:
completed application form
the appropriate fee
Please ensure all correspondence is sent to:
Police Licensing Office Walbrook Wharf 78-83 Upper Thames Street London EC4R 3TD
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.
Grant of firearm certificate
Renewal of firearm certificate
Variation of a firearm certificate (other than when it is renewed at the same time) to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates
Replacement of a firearm certificate lost or destroyed
Grant of a shotgun certificate
Renewal of a shotgun certificate
Replacement of a shotgun certificate lost or destroyed
Firearms and shotgun certificates valid for the same dates
Individual visitor's permit
Group visitors' permit (groups of six or more valid for the same dates)
Registered firearms dealers
Registration or renewal
Fees paid by cheque or postal order must be made payable to 'City of London Police Authority’.
For those applications not received before the expiry of your certificate you will be required to lodge your firearms with a registered firearm dealer or another certificate holder.
Any costs incurred in relation to the lodging of firearms, shotguns, Section 1 ammunition and certificated explosives will be at a certificate holder's own expense.
It must be noted that any certificate holder who has not submitted their renewal application within the above time limit and who does not transfer their firearms before the expiry of their certificates(s) will be liable to prosecution and it is likely that their certificate(s) will not be renewed.
Applications for visitors' firearms or shotgun permits must be submitted with the following documentation for each visitor:
European Union (EU) Visitors - copy of European Firearms Pass (EFP)
Non EU Visitors - either copies of current valid Firearm or Shotgun Licences, or the equivalent of a local Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check from their country
Currently it is not possible to submit these forms electronically. Where copies are not enclosed the permits will not be issued.
Applications for a Visitor’s Permit should be made at least 6 weeks prior to arrival in this Country. We cannot guarantee the issue of a visitors permit with less than 6 weeks notice.
Registering as a firearms dealer
If your business is connected with the buying, selling, manufacturing, testing or repairing of firearms, shotguns or ammunition you are required to register as a firearms dealer. This allows you to be in possession of firearms, shotguns or ammunition as part of your business without the need to comply with the requirements of a firearm or shotgun certificate in relation to notifications of acquisitions or, in the case of firearms, the need to obtain specific authorisation before you acquire them.
If you attend a game fair or agricultural show outside of the police area where your business is registered you have to register with the police for that area using Form 116A.
If another place of business is required in the same area as your primary registered firearms dealer (RFD) certificate then Form 116a - Additional Premises application will need to be submitted. There is no fee for additional places of business in the same police area.
Apply for shooting club approval
All applications for shooting club approval (new or renewal) should be submitted directly to the Home Office. 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 your application has been submitted, the Home Office we will review it to determine if it is valid and, if so, pass it to the police force, who will then make necessary enquiries before sending the application back to the Home Office for consideration. If you do not provide sufficient information and supporting evidence your application is likely to be rejected as invalid and will need to be resubmitted.
If you are applying to approve a site to enable persons who are not shotgun certificate holders to shoot at artificial targets, such as Clay Pigeon shoots, please complete the 'Application for a Section 11(6) Authority' form below.