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.
Apply for a certificate to possess less than 15kg of explosives for use in a re-enactment
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 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.
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.