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

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Renew a firearm certificate

Coronavirus (Covid-19): if you're having difficulty getting a GP letter, please contact us online to let us know. 

Please also note that due to the government advice on social distancing, we will not be doing home visits and will contact you via phone. 

 

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Whichever one you choose you will need to have read the guidance notes before making your application. Read the guidance notes.


How much does it cost?

It costs £62.

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 renew a 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.

You'll need the following to complete your application (either by post or online):

  • a full copy of your current certificate(s), including table one and two

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 and 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)
  • 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
  • your completed GP form - you'll need to download this and have your GP fill it in. Then send it to us with your application.


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

  • calibre, type, make, serial number and reason for having the firearm(s)
  • calibre and quantity of ammunition
  • security arrangements - how and where the firearm(s) will be stored, whether the arrangements are shared (and, if they are, the details of who they are shared with)


The details of two referees 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. Once you have it, email it to the firearms team 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.

Step 4: Email your completed GP form and a copy of your existing certificate; including Table 2, to the firearms team.

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.


Renew by post 

Step 1: Download the firearm certificate application form (Form 201) and GP form

Step 2: Print, complete and sign the forms.

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

Step 4: Make out a cheque for £62 payable to Thames Valley Police.

We can’t accept cash.

Step 5: Post your completed form 201 and medical information form with your cheque or postal order 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.

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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