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.
Please allow additional time for your renewal applications
We are currently experiencing a period of high demand, so please allow twelve weeks for your renewal application to be processed.
Add a place of business to a current dealer certificate
How do I apply?
Adding a permanent place of business: if you need to add a permanent place of business within the same police force jurisdiction as your existing place(s) of business you'll need to supply the information required in the 116A form. There will be no fee.
Adding a temporary place of business: if you need to add a temporary place of business (including exhibitions, fairs etc) in another police force jurisdiction you'll need to register with that force, using form 116A. In some cases there will be a fee of £13.
details of the 'servants' of your dealership who will be working at the new place of business
Step 2: Post your completed form to:
Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team (FET) Empress State Building 21st Floor Lillie Road London SW6 1TR
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.
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply for a permanent place of business within the same force jurisdiction.
There may be a £13 fee for temporary places of business within a different force jurisdiction to the one you're currently registered with.
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.