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 accepting renewal applications for shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates online only. This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing. Processing times will take a little longer than usual. We thank you for your patience and ask you not to contact the Firearms Licensing Team unless urgent or necessary.
Apply for a certificate to travel with a firearm from the UK to an EU country
How do I apply?
Step 1: Apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) by writing to:
Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team (FET)
Empress State Building
- your full name and contact details
- your current certificate number
- the shotgun(s) and/or firearm(s) you would like to include on your EFP (make, model, serial number)
- the country you're travelling to
- your planned travel dates
Step 2: Contact the British embassy, consulate or high commission in your destination country. They'll be able to advise you on the necessary steps.
Step 3: Contact your airline and travel company to make sure you comply with all of their security requirements.
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply.
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.
Otherwise, you should receive your certificate within eight weeks.