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.
Update a certificate to include less than 15kg of explosives for use in a firearm
How do I apply?
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.
Step 2: Download and complete the Application for Renewal of an Explosive Certificate for Black Powder to be Used in Firearms form (Form ER4B).
You'll need these details:
- your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
- your previous explosives certificate (if applicable)
In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.
Step 3: Post your completed form to:
Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team (FET)
Empress State Building
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?
It's free to update your certificate.
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, we'll contact you within six weeks.