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.

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Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as a company

How do I apply?

Please contact us before you complete application form 116. We'll need to discuss your application and provide some advice and guidance.

Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).

Step 2: Complete parts B, C, D, E, F and G.

The person making the application, as shown in Part C, will need these details:

  • your home addresses from the last five years
  • your previous dealer certificate details (if applicable)
  • details of all 'servants' of your dealership
  • details of any relevant medical conditions that have ever been diagnosed, or for which you have received treatment
  • details of your doctor (GP)


If you'd like to pay online, note this on your application and make sure you add an email address. We'll email you a secure link you can use to make your payment.

If you are an existing RFD and you have an email system that is secure in accordance with GDPR, such as CJSM, you are able to complete the form electronically and email it to us without the need for a wet signature. If you use this method, you can either use an electronic signature, if you have that facility, or you must type your name in the signature box along with the words “Signed electronically” and send it to us from your RFD email address.

Alternatively post your completed form and cheque, payable to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.

Step 3: Post your completed form and cheque (if applicable) to:
Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Hampshire Constabulary
Tower Street
SO23 8ZD


How much does it cost?

It costs £200.

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.


Registered firearms dealer Good Practice Guide

The Good Practice Guide has been produced in collaboration between all UK Firearms Licensing Departments and Counter Terrorism Policing.

It provides information and statutory requirements for all RFDs and potential new applicants, and is designed as a reference document to help dealers to run their businesses effectively. 

Download the guide.