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  1. Before applying for a Firearm Certificate or Licence it may be a good thing if you will seek advice from other firearm users or shooting organisations first. They may help you decide which type of certificate you need to apply for.
  2. You can obtain a Firearm Certificate or Licence from your local police force's Firearms Licensing Unit.
  3. A link is provided under 'Office Locations & Contacts' which you can use to search for your local police force's website.
  4. Complete an application form. Application forms can be obtained from the front desk of any Police Station in the City or from the Licensing Office.
  5. Submit the completed form together with your photographs.
  6. Have 2 referees for a firearm certificate and 1 referee for shotgun certificate.
  7. Before a certificate is issued to you, you must also prove to the chief officer of police that you’re eligible to have a firearms certificate and pose no danger to public safety or to the peace.
    Both firearm and shotgun application requires the applicant to disclose previous convictions. It is an offence under the Firearms Act to make a false declaration when answering this question.
  8. Pay the fee for the certificate you are applying for (Check out the website of your local firearms licensing unit for the fees).

Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Photographs – 4 passport size and quality. The photos will be scanned and saved digitally. If you would like the photographs to be returned, include a stamped self-addressed envelope when submitting your application form. Failure to provide a stamped address envelope will result in your photographs being destroyed.
  • One photograph - signed in ink on the back by you

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
South Wales Police Headquarters,
Cowbridge Road, Bridgend, CF31 3SU
Telephone: 01656 869244

Following link provides Police Office Locations : UK police force websites



You must be aged fourteen or over to have a firearm certificate

Applicants for a firearm or shotgun certificate, must be able to show proof the he or she is a fit and proper person to be entrusted with firearms.

There are certain prohibitions from the possession of firearms (including shotguns, antique firearms and air weapons). Certain individuals are not only prohibited from possessing their own guns but are also prohibited, for example, to take part in clay pigeon shoots, or from possession of guns on a shooting range.

‘Prohibited Person’ in terms of possessing firearms

Persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more are never allowed to possess firearms or ammunition, and persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment for three months or more but less than three years must not possess them until five years have passed since the date of release. The prohibition extends to all air weapons, air gun pellets and shot gun ammunition.


  • Grant of a firearm certificate: £88
  • Renewal of a firearm certificate: £62
  • Variation of a firearm certificate: (other than when it is renewed at the same time) to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates £20
  • Replacement of a firearm certificate lost or destroyed: £4

Amount may vary.


A certificate usually lasts 5 years from the date it was issued or renewed.

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Required Information[edit]

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2. City or County of Birth.

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Firearm Certificate

Your Firearm Certificate or Licence bears a photograph of you and information about the firearm(s) or shotgun(s) currently in your possession.

Note: You must follow any condition attached to the certificate (the chief officer of police can vary these conditions at any time by giving notice in writing) be able to show your firearm or shotgun certificate if asked by the police.

European Firearms Pass

If you are planning to travel within Europe with your guns, you will need to obtain a European Firearms Pass. You can apply for this at the same time as your firearms certificate.

European firearms passes are usually valid for 5 years or the length of your firearm certificate - whichever is shorter.

You can renew a European firearms pass by applying to the chief officer of police in your local police force.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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