How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
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.
Coronavirus (Covid-19)We are not able to say how long it will be until we can restore this service, but if you sign up to Thames Valley Police Alert you will receive our messages and updates. We are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates. This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing. Renewal applications are currently still being processed. Please contact us online if you have any questions.
Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as an individual
Coronavirus (Covid-19): due to the government advice on social distancing, we will not be doing home visits and so cannot process any new certificate applications. We are still processing renewals and will contact you via phone.
How do I apply?
Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).
Step 2: Complete parts A, D, E, F and G.
You'll 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 of for which you have received treatment
- details of your doctor (GP)
If you’re an existing RFD and your email system is secure in accordance with GDPR, such as CJSM, you can 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
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.