Renewal of Firearm & Shotgun Certificate(s)


Firearm and shotgun certificates normally last for five years, and at least 60 days before its expiry date, a renewal notice shall be forwarded to your address. Your receipt of this package depends on certain factors, mostly that you have not moved house and forgotten to inform us! In such circumstances we cannot possible get a reminder to you. The onus of responsibility for renewal of your certificate rests with you. The fact that we did not, or were unable, to get a reminder to you, or that it got lost in the post, is not acceptable as an excuse for failing to renew on time.
If you have not received your renewal notice within the four weeks prior to the expiry date of your current certificate, you should contact your Firearms Licensing Office or obtain a form from your local police station. Alternatively, you may obtain the required documents from this website.
Should your current certificate expire before you apply for a renewal, you may well be committing the serious offence of being in possession of unlicensed firearms. You may also have to apply for a grant, at extra cost, instead of a renewal. If you find yourself in this position you should contact your Firearms Licensing Office immediately for advice.
Please return your application for renewal as soon as possible, and certainly in ample time before the expiry date in order that the application may be fully assessed prior to the expiry of the certificate. Remember to include the correct fee, your four  your four photographs and your certificate(s) (or a signed copy).
Depending on circumstances, if you submit your application in good time, you should receive your new certificate before the expiry of your old one.
Please be sure to include full details of all firearms/shotguns you possess, including serial numbers. The details that you supply should match the details held on our computer record, providing you have always informed us of the disposal and acquisition of each firearm/shotgun.
If these records do not coincide, then it is inevitable that we will be making further enquiries. It is an important duty of the police to keep track of all licensed weapons, thus helping to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands.
Your local Firearm Enquiry Officer will contact you to arrange an appointment for a home visit with regard to your application and his/her completed report shall be forwarded to the Firearms Licensing Office. If, on final assessment, all is found in order, your renewed certificate will be forwarded to you by post. Should there be a discrepancy either in your security or some other matter, then you will be notified, and usually given ample opportunity to put it right. When the problem is resolved, your new certificate will be issued.