Due to a major water leak the work of the firearms licensing department at Headquarters, Kidlington is likely to be disrupted for some time. Staff have been relocated and will continue to work hard to minimise any delays in the service provided, however, we would ask the shooting community to bear with us whilst this situation is being resolved.
The firearms licensing email is still available and will be monitored during between the hours of 0800 – 1600 (Monday – Friday).
Telephone lines will be open as usual between the hours of 1400 – 1600, however, these lines are limited and we would ask that the first point of contact is via the firearms licensing email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thames Valley Police licenses 6,399 firearm, 27,707 shotgun, and 441 explosives certificate holders - the second largest in the country.
Firearms are licensed in accordance with the Firearms Acts 1968-1997 and other associated acts. Our priority is to support the legal, safe and secure possession of firearms within Thames Valley.
Grant of firearm and shotgun certificates – important information
Where there is no concern for public safety and the applicant fulfils all legislative criteria, Thames Valley Police will endeavour to process the grant of a firearms or shotgun certificate within 60 working days from date of receipt.
Please note that due to the high volume of work that we are currently experiencing there is a delay in carrying out the background checks. As a consequence of this we may be unable to process grant applications within 60 working days.
Renewal of firearm and shotgun certificates – important information
Where there is no concern for public safety and the applicant fulfils all legislative criteria, Thames Valley Police will endeavour to process the renewal of a firearms or shotgun certificate within 60 working days from date of receipt.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your application to renew is received by the Thames Valley Police Firearms Licensing Department at least eight weeks prior to the expiry date. If you submit your application form outside of this eight-week period then it is your responsibility to find alternative storage arrangements for your shotguns/firearms and ammunition. In accordance with Home Office Guidance Thames Valley Police will not issue you with a section 7 permit if you have failed to submit your application form in good time.
If your renewal application is unfortunately delayed by Thames Valley Police we will automatically issue you a section 7 permit prior to the expiry date to cover your continued possession of shot guns/firearms and ammunition.
- All firearms and ammunition held must be taken to a Registered Firearms Dealer for safe keeping until you receive your new certificate.
- All shotguns held may either be taken to a Registered Firearms Dealer or another current shotgun certificate holder who has adequate storage facilities for safe keeping until you receive your new certificate.
- The Firearms Licensing Department must be informed of the location of any guns held. View ‘notice of transfer or disposal of a firearm or shotgun’ page for more information.
Contact the Firearms Licensing department
Thames Valley Police
Firearms and Explosive Licensing Department
Telephone - 01865 846566 (lines are open from 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday. Please note, these revised times are as a result of the high volume of work that we are currently experiencing).
Please fill out the application form after reading form 201A, located with the application forms.
We will endeavour to process your application within the following times, from date of receipt:
- Renewal or variation of a firearm certificate - within 60 working days.
- Renewal of a shot gun certificate - within 60 working days.
- Change of address - within 30 working days.
- Issue a European Firearms Pass - within 20 working days.
- Issue a temporary permit - within 20 working days.
Please note: No commitment can be made for Visitor's Firearms or Shotgun permits due to the requirement for checks within Interpol (opens new window).
Please inform the firearms licensing department of your change of address or request for a European Firearms Pass be emailing the Firearms Licensing department.