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.
Please allow additional time for your renewal applications
We are currently experiencing a period of high demand, so please allow twelve weeks for your renewal application to be processed.
Apply for a certificate to travel with a firearm to the UK from a country outside the EU
How do I apply?
You'll need a 'sponsor' to apply for a visitor's permit on your behalf. This person must be resident in the UK.
A typical application takes up to six weeks to process.
Please ask your sponsor to take these three steps:
a copy of your current firearms certificate (if applicable)
your club or society details (if applicable)
if neither of the above apply, a confirmation of good character letter from the government or police
details of where your firearms will be stored while in the UK
details of which firearm or shotgun and ammunition you'll be buying, using or transporting
your criminal conviction history (if applicable)
Step 2: Make out a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee, payable to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).
We can't accept cash.
Step 3: Post the completed form, documents and cheque or postal order to:
Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team (FET) Empress State Building 21st Floor Lillie Road London SW6 1TR
Please note: Our offices are on a secure site that's not open to the public. Reception staff will only accept post delivered by the Royal Mail. We can't accept items delivered personally or by courier.
How much does it cost?
An application for one to five people is £20 per person.
An application for a group (six to 20 people) is £100.
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, they should receive your permit within six to eight weeks.