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Apply for or renew a shotgun certificate

Granting of a certificate

*Due to staff shortages and increased demand, please be aware that we are currently processing new Grant applications received by us in early April.

For all new applications, a home visit is required by your local firearms enquiry officer. You will be contacted to arrange a mutually agreeable time and date for your visit, but please be aware that our enquiry officers do not work evenings or weekends, therefore you will be required to be available between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Please do not submit an application if you are going to be out of the country/unavailable to facilitate a visit when requested during these hours and within 8-12 weeks of your application.

Please allow 12 weeks for your application to be processed.

Certificate renewals

It is your responsibility to remember to renew your certificate by sending a fully completed application to us before your current certificate expires, we therefore advise that you submit it in plenty of time.

Renewal reminders

To assist you we will send you a renewal reminder letter 12 weeks before your certificate is due to expire. 

 If your renewal application is received by us less than eight weeks prior to you expiry date, and/or is incomplete, this gives us insufficient time to process it, and you therefore may be required to place your firearms, ammunition or shotguns with a person authorised to possess them until you receive your new certificate.


Shotgun certificate applications

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

Shotgun certificate application fees

Fees and charges for all shotgun application types including renewals, transfers and amendments are detailed below. Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to;

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
Shotgun applications fees and charges
Shotgun application typeValid forCost
Grant a shotgun certificate 5 years £79.50
Renewal of a shotgun certificate 5 years £49
Replacement shotgun certificate  5 years £4

Returning your application

Any firearms licensing enquiries for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire should be directed to:

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Hinchingbrooke Park
PE29 6NP

Lost or destroyed shotgun certificate

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

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