Anyone who owns or uses a firearm in the UK requires an appropriate licence or certificate from the police.

Licences are only granted to people who can demonstrate that they have a good reason to own or use a firearm, and pose no risk to the public.

If you know someone who has access to a firearm, shotgun or explosives and have any concerns about their behaviour, please contact us immediately.

Applying for a firearms certificate

To apply for a firearm or shotgun certificate please download the Icon for pdf combined firearm and shotgun application form [439.38KB] 

If you would like to notify us of any changes to your existing certificate, including firearms that have been disposed of, new firearms acquired or ammunition to be added or deleted, please download the Icon for pdf firearm variation form [223.88KB].

Completed forms should be returned to:

Firearms Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
London Road
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 2DN

Please note

We cannot accept forms sent by email. Hard copies must be posted to the above address.

Please do not staple the pages of the application or any accompanying paperwork.

Once we've received your completed form, and any necessary photographs and fee, we will carry out appropriate checks on local and national records.

A firearms enquiry officer may also need to visit you at home.

We follow guidance on firearms from the Home Office. Please see  the Home Office website for more information.

Renewing your certificate

You are responsible for renewing your certificate.

We will send you a reminder to renew three months before the current one expires. Renewals take around eight weeks.

If we are unable to renew your certificate before the current one expires you will need to arrange for your firearms and any ammunition to be placed in storage with a Registered Firearm Dealer, or another suitably authorised certificate holder.

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