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Application for the grant / renewal of a firearm / shotgun certificate

Following the recent publication of changes to the Home Office Statutory Guidance for the granting and renewal of certificates, applicants are now required, at their own expense, to obtain a GP report as part of this new application process. 

It is now the responsibility of the applicant for both grant, renewal, or variation to complete and return the application form without delay to the Firearms Licensing Unit. You must also complete the enclosed medical proforma and submit this to your GP. The application will only be processed upon receipt of the application form and GP report. Please allow plenty of time for you to obtain your GP report. Where possible please submit the application form and GP response together to minimise delay in the application process. 

Should a complete application not be received on or before your expiry date, any guns held will be unlawful. Guns will be required to be stored with another certificate holder or a registered firearms dealer until an application is received and processed.  The responsibility is with the applicant to do this in good time.

If you do not wish to renew your certificate and you do not possess any licensed guns, please advise Firearms Licensing of this via email or letter prior to your expiry date. If you do not wish to renew your certificate but still have licensed guns in your possession, please ensure they are transferred to another certificate holder or to a registered firearms dealer before your expiry date and ensure you notify the Firearms Licensing Department of this prior to your expiry. 

Durham Constabulary Firearms Licensing appreciate these changes may be inconvenient for many but would very much appreciate your efforts in complying with these changes. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and co-operation throughout this process. 

Please note it is your responsibility, as the applicant, to ensure the application and GP report is received by the Firearms Licensing Department without undue delay.

Please complete Durham Constabulary Other Residents form, although this is not mandatory. This will ensure your application is processed with the utmost efficiency.

Downloadable application forms:

Firearms and Shotgun Grant Renewal Form (201)
Firearms Variation Application Form (201V)
Firearms dealers: Application for registration or for new Certificate of Registration
Other Residents Form
Ownership of Weapon Transfer Form

All cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Durham Constabulary or Durham Police. We also accept card payments.

If you need any advice in relation to completing your application please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 375 2240 or email

Return all completed forms to the following address:

Firearms and Explosives Licensing
Unit 1
Whitehouse Industrial Park
Traynor Way
County Durham

Important information

Please note that at present, due to a significant increase in demand, a temporary permit will be assigned to an individual’s record at the end of the eight-week extension period.

The permit will not be issued in paper form, unless specifically requested by the certificate holder. We would ask that you only request this if absolutely necessary.Your record will show the details thereafter, an officer may check the validity of your ability of your ability to be in possession of a firearm by referring to your record.   

Limited Extension of Certificate, Section 28B of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended

This provision came into force on April 17, 2018, as a result of Section 131 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, and extends an expiring certificate by no more than eight weeks.

This extension is conditional on the renewal application being made no less than 8 weeks before expiry, and does not alter the terms of the original certificate, with the purchase of ammunition and the transfer of guns still being permitted. 

In Durham, we do not anticipate having to use this extension in cases other than when there are additional enquiries that will take us past the expiry date. As soon as we identify any such issue, an extension letter will be granted, and our advice is that certificate holders retain the letter with their expiring certificate as proof of the extension.

For applications that are made less than eight weeks before expiry, the limited extension will not apply, and if the renewal process cannot be completed before the expiry date, the holder will have to make alternative arrangements for their guns, as has been the practice for some time.

When an application that has been extended is granted, the renewal date will remain unchanged, and the new certificate will be dated from the previous expiry date, with any additional time under this provision not counting towards the new certificate. Therefore, if a holder has an expired certificate, but it is within the eight week period after expiry, and they produce a letter confirming the limited extension, their certificate can be regarded as valid in all respects.

Related links:
Home Office Guidance on Firearm Security