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.

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Apply for a shotgun certificate

How do I apply?

There are now two ways you can apply; online or by post.

Whichever one you choose you will need to have read the guidance notes before making your application. You can find those here

How much does it cost?

It costs £79.50.

Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application. 
 

How long does it take?

It can take up to 60 working days to grant a new certificate. 

This is dependent on the application being complete. If the Firearms Licensing Team have to contact you to follow up on anything then your application could take longer to process.

 

What you'll need to apply (either by post or online)

You'll need the following to complete your application; it's probably a good idea to have them to hand before you start your application.

Your contact details, including:

  • email address
  • phone number
  • work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
  • previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years 


Health & medical information:

  • details of any relevant conditions you have which need to be disclosed (you’ll find a list of those in the guidance notes here)
  • your GP or practice address, postcode and phone number
  • previous GP or practice information if you haven’t been registered with your current GP or practice for ten years or more
  • if, during the last ten years, there have been times when you haven’t been registered with a GP or practice in the UK, we’ll need to know about this and will ask why this was and if there is any information you can give us about this, for example if you’re in the armed services and were posted abroad


Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):

  • details of the offence, including the date (month and year)

 

Details about the shotgun(s) and ammunition you intend to acquire:

  • security arrangements - how and where the shotgun(s) will be stored, whether the arrangements are shared (and, if they are, the details of who they are shared with)


The details of one referee you've known for more than two years, including:

  • their date and place of birth
  • their occupation
  • contact details

Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.


Photo:

  • one passport-style photo which is no larger than 1MB in size and is a .jpg/.jpeg


Payment:

  • credit or debit card details to make your online payment

 

Overseas applicants:

  • if you're not a UK national you'll need to supply a criminal record check from your country of origin with your application. You'll need to pay for this. Find out how to get a criminal record check here. Once you have it, email it to docs.firearms@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk after you've submitted your application.

 


Apply online

Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.

Step 2: Upload your photo with your application.

Step 3: Make your payment online.

The form will take about 20 minutes to complete and you won't be able to save your application as you go, so it will need to be done in one sitting. 

Click the 'Start' button below to start your online application.


Apply by post 

Step 1: Download the application form (Form 201).

Step 2: Print, complete and sign the form.

Step 3: Attach one passport-style photo (45mm high x 35mm wide).

Step 4: Make out a cheque for £79.50 payable to Thames Valley Police.

We can’t accept cash.

Step 5: Post your completed form and cheque to:

Firearms Licensing Department
Thames Valley Police HQ
Oxford Road
Kidlington 
OX5 2NX

 

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.

Text alerts

You'll receive a text message (sent to the mobile number you supplied in your application) when your application has been:

  1. received and sent for processing
  2. referred to your local firearms enquiry officer
  3. granted

Please don't reply to these texts; they're for reference only, we don't receive any replies.

 

 

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