Application forms, fees, and information about firearms and explosives certificates.
Section 129 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into force on 2 May 2017 and removed the restrictions on the possession of expanding ammunition in respect of rifle ammunition only – the restrictions still apply to pistols. This means:
Firearms Licensing Departments will no longer be applying the condition around expanding ammunition to firearms certificates
there is no requirement for the previous expanding ammunition condition to be removed from certificates. This will be removed when the document is renewed or re-printed for reasons such as a variation, change of address, loss or damage
Please do not send us your certificate. Should the presence of the condition cause any issues, refer to the legislation to confirm the restriction has been removed.
The Firearms Licensing Department works to safeguard the public through the effective management of over 28,000 certificate holders. To find out more about firearms licensing and legislation:
- visit the GOV.UK section on firearms
- review the Home Office guide on firearms licensing law
- speak to your local established shooting organisation
- visit the Scottish Government website for more information on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 if you're travelling to the country
If your question is not covered by the above, please contact us. We also encourage you to join Hampshire Alert, where we provide regular updates on firearms licensing along with other crime and police-related information - remember to tick the box for firearms licensing updates.
Please see our Service Level Agreement (SLA) below for more information on timescales.
Existing license holders
We will deal with applications in accordance with our SLA below, with our primary focus being those whose certificates are due to expire. When you renew your certificate(s), we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible so we can process it by the expiry date. Please do not send us the original certificate(s) - instead, include a copy for us to ensure your record is up to date.
In order to provide a fair service to all our customers, new applications are dealt with in strict time order. However, in some circumstances we will try to prioritise your application, whether that is a grant or variation, such as for full time or apprentice gamekeepers or if you are competing at a significant level in sporting events. If you consider yourself to fit into this category, please let us know when submitting your application.
If for any reason you do not hold a certificate and you are not a Prohibited Person under Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968, you can enjoy some shooting activity, including vermin control. This is provided through specific exemptions under Sections 11(5) and 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968 for shotguns and Section 16 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 for firearms, or by seeking membership of a Home Office approved shooting club.
The following statutory forms must be printed and physically signed. Once complete, please post them to the address below.
When submitting an application to vary a firearm certificate, please ensure you send us your actual certificate (not a copy) with the application form. If submitting a variation for a firearm certificate as a target shooter, in the Reason box found in section 13 of the form, please state the discipline(s) for which the firearm is requested (such as prone, single shot precision, gallery, practical shotgun, etc.) as this will save us from coming back to you for this information.
- Form 201 - Application for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate
- Form 201v - Application to vary a firearms certificate
- Form 107 - Application for a visitor's firearm or shotgun permit
- Form ER4 - Application for an explosives certificate - Business - Individual or corporate body
- Form ER4a - Application for an explosives certificate - Private use - Firearm, shotgun and/or blackpowder
- Form ER4b - Application for the renewal of an explosives certificate for blackpowder to be used in firearms
The following non-statutory forms can be submitting by email to us, along with scanned copies of any other documents. You can also print, complete by hand and post them to us.
If you wish to become a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD), we ask you to contact us before completing Form 116. We will need to discuss your application and provide advice and guidance. This form must be printed and physically signed. Once complete, please post to the address below.
Service Level Agreement
We will deal with applications in accordance with our SLA below:
|Grant of a new certificate||12 weeks|
|Renewal of an existing certificate||before the expiry date|
|Visitors and European Firearms Passes||6 weeks|
|All other requests||as received|
Our timescales for grants and renewals are dependent on there being no errors in the application (such as missing information, a failure to complete the declaration, or making an application at short notice) and there being no issues or concerns that require us to carry out additional work, such as having a Firearms Enquiry Officer visit you, medical enquiries, or us speaking to another force or agency.
Paying your fee
The relevant fees for your application can be found on GOV.UK.
We can take card payments safely and securely online. If you would like to pay online, note this on your application and confirm your email address - there is no need to send any payment with your application. When we are ready, we'll send you an email with a link to make your payment.
If you do not want to pay online, make your cheque payable to 'The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire'. Enclose your cheque with your application, or if you are sending your non-statutory form(s) electronically let us know that you have posted a cheque separately. Send all payments to the address below.
In an emergency, always call 999
In order to help us effectively manage our workload we encourage you to email email@example.com, rather than an individual member of office staff or Firearms Enquiry Officer (FEO).
Should you wish to contact a particular member of our team, please email us using the address above and include your post code so we can deal with or pass on your message. Please note, our email address is not monitored outside of normal working hours.
For urgent enquiries, call 023 8047 8104. Lines are open Monday to Friday, between 10am and 12 noon.
You can write to us at Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department, Hampshire Constabulary, Tower Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8ZD. We are not able to receive callers in person.
We welcome your feedback on how we are performing and invite you to take part in our short online survey.
Feedback from the survey is received by the department on a Monday morning, so your comments will not be read immediately. Please contact us directly if you require an urgent response.