Firearms and Explosives Licensing

Application forms, fees, and information about firearms and explosives certificates.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FIREARMS LICENCE HOLDERS:

Limited Extension of Certificate, Section 28B of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended

This provision came into force on 17 April 2018, as a result of Section 131 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, and extends an expiring certificate by no more than 8 weeks.  

This extension is conditional on the renewal application being made no less than 8 weeks before expiry, and does not alter the terms of the original certificate, with the purchase of ammunition and the transfer of guns still being permitted.  While the purchase of ammunition does not present a problem, it would be useful if holders of certificates in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight could avoid acquiring or transferring guns during the extension period, as this may result in errors in our recording systems and additional work for us and them.

In Hampshire, we do not anticipate having to use this extension in cases other than when there are additional enquiries that will take us past the expiry date.  As soon as we identify any such issue, an extension letter will be granted, and our advice is that certificate holders retain the letter with their expiring certificate as proof of the extension.

For applications that are made less than 8 weeks before expiry, the limited extension will not apply, and if the renewal process cannot be completed before the expiry date, the holder will have to make alternative arrangements for their guns, as has been the practice for some time.

When an application that has been extended is granted, the renewal date will remain unchanged, and the new certificate will be dated from the previous expiry date, with any additional time under this provision not counting towards the new certificate.

Therefore, if a holder has an expired certificate, but it is within the 8 week period after expiry, and they produce a letter confirming the limited extension, their certificate can be regarded as valid in all respects.

 

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:

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.

Service update

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.

New applicants
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 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 deer and vermin control. This is provided through the following exemptions:

  • Sections 11(6) of the Firearms Act 1968 for clay pigeon shooting with shotguns
  • Section 11A of the Firearms Act 1968 for accompanied shooting of artificial targets or deer and vermin control with either a firearm or shotgun
  • through membership of a Home Office approved shooting club

Forms

The following statutory forms must be printed and physically signed.  Once complete, please post them to the address below.

With effect from 31 December 2017, elements of the Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2017 came into force, with the following changes:

  • new application forms for the grant or renewal of a firearm and/or shotgun certificate (F201), and the variation of a firearm certification (F201v)
  • applications for the grant or renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate (F201) need only be accompanied by one photograph of the applicant

Please note, previous versions of these application forms will only be accepted if received by us no later than 28 February 2018. After this date any applications received on the old form will be rejected and a new form will need to be submitted. Updated versions are now available below. These forms have been designed to enable electronic submission in the future, once upgrades to the national system have been completed.

Form 201v

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.

The following non-statutory forms can be submitting by email to us, along with scanned copies of any other documents, with no signature required if your email address matches our records. You can also print, complete by hand, sign and post them to us.

Registered Firearms Dealers

If you wish to become a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD), we ask you to contact us before completing the statutory 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.

The Good Practice Guide has been produced in collaboration between all UK Firearms Licensing Departments and Counter Terrorism Policing.  The guide 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.  The document can be downloaded and printed.

Paying your fee

The relevant fees for your application can be found on GOV.UK.

We can take card payments safely and securely online through WorldPay. 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.

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.

Contact us

In an emergency, always call 999

In order to help us effectively manage our workload we encourage you to email firearms.licensing@hampshire.pnn.police.uk, 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.

Feedback

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.

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