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.
Apply for a certificate to own less than 15kg of explosives for use in a firearm
How do I apply?
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.
Step 2: Download and complete the Application for an Explosives Certificate form (Form ER4A).
You'll need these details:
- your home addresses from the last five years
- your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
- previous explosive certificates (if applicable)
- any previous convictions
- any physical or mental health conditions
In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.
Step 3: Post your completed form to:
Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team (FET)
Empress State Building
Please note: Our offices are on a secure site that's not open to the public. Reception staff will only accept post delivered through the Royal Mail. We can't accept items delivered personally or by courier.
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply.
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.
Otherwise, we will contact you within six weeks.