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Apply for a firearms certificate

Always allow enough time for a renewal or change to be processed before a certificate expires or becomes invalid.

Firearms licence application form

Whether you are applying for a new certificate or renewal of an existing certificate, please download, complete and return Form 201.

Land authority or club application form

To register or renew as a club or land authority for the purposes of shooting related activities, please download, complete and return the Land Authority and Club Form.

Application costs

Fees and charges for new firearms certificate applications, renewals and amendments are detailed in the table below. Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to;

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Firearms applications fees and charges
 Firearms licence typeValid forCost
Grant of a new firearm certificate 5 years £88
Renewal of a firearm certificate 5 years £62
Replacement firearm certifcate 5 years £4


Land Authority and Club approval fees and charges
 Approval typeValid forCost
Firearm licence for Home Office approved club 5 years Free

Home Office approval of rifle and muzzle-loading pistol clubs

Please note: the fee will be requested by the Home Office before approval is issued. Cheques should be made payable to: The Accounting Officer for the Home Office.

6 years £84

Lost or destroyed firearms certificate

Firearms certificates that have been lost or destroyed can be replaced. Please contact us to arrange a replacement certificate.

Returning your licence application

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters
Stanborough Road
Welwyn Garden City

Application timescales

An application for a new certificate or for the renewal of an existing certificate can take between four and six weeks from when we receive a correctly completed application, photographs and the appropriate fee. 

Updated certificates for changing address are usually returned within 10 working days.

To assist your application, you may wish to include written authority for your use of any land or proof of membership of a Home Office Approved club with your application.

Renewal reminders

Reminders to renew certificates are sent 10 weeks before your certificate is due to expire. 

We recommend you submit renewal applications within three weeks of receiving a reminder to allow enough time for your renewal to be reviewed and processed. It is your responability to remember to renew your certificate by sending a completed application to us before your current certificate expires. 

If your renewal application has less than six weeks until your current certificate expires, you may be required to place your firearms, ammunition or shotguns with a person authorised to possess them until you receive a renewed certificate. 

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