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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Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as a company

How do I apply?

Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).

Step 2: Complete parts B, C, D, E, F and G.

The person making the application, as shown in Part C, will need these details:

  • your home addresses from the last five years
  • your previous dealer certificate details (if applicable)
  • details of all 'servants' of your dealership
  • details of any relevant medical conditions that have ever been diagnosed, or for which you have received treatment
  • details of your doctor (GP)


Step 3: 

If you are an existing RFD and you have an email system that is secure in accordance with GDPR, such as CJSM, you are able to complete the form electronically and email it to us without the need for a wet signature. If you use this method, you can either use an electronic signature, if you have that facility, or you must type your name in the signature box along with the words “Signed electronically” and send it to us from your RFD email address.

Alternatively post your completed form and cheque (payable to Thames Valley Police) to:

Firearms Licensing Department
Thames Valley Police HQ
Oxford Road


How much does it cost?

It costs £200.

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.