Firearms licensing fees
How much does a firearm certificate cost? Below we’ve listed all the different fees, whether you’re applying for a new firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate, or renewing or varying an existing one. Here you’ll also find information for firearms dealers and visitors to the UK.
Firearm and shotgun certificates
A firearm or shotgun certificate is valid for five years.
|Vary (add firearms)||£20|
A coterminous certificate is when we issue both a firearm and shotgun certificate at the same time. Processing these together reduces our administration costs, so we’re able to offer coterminous certificates at a reduced fee.
|Firearm certificate||Grant||Shotgun certificate||Grant||£90|
|Firearm certificate||Grant||Shotgun certificate||Renew||£90|
|Firearm certificate||Renew||Shotgun certificate||Grant||£90|
|Firearm certificate||Renew||Shotgun certificate||Renew||£65|
The table below applies to any weight of explosives up to 15kg.
|Certificate type||Action||Fee||Valid for|
|Acquire only||Grant||Free||5 yrs|
|Acquire and keep||Grant||Free||5 yrs|
To acquire, or acquire and keep, between 15kg and 2000kg of explosives, fees may apply. Find out more at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
If you’re planning to acquire and keep more than 2000kg please apply for a certificate from the HSE.
|Visitor’s permit||1–5||£20 per person|
|Group visitor’s permit||6–20||£100 in total|
|Certificate type||Club type||Fee|
|Firearm certificate||Home Office approved||Free|
|Certificate type||Fee||Valid for|
|Initial firearm dealer registration||£200||3 yrs|
|Firearm dealer re-registration||£200||3 yrs|
|Game Fair etc. if main place of business is in another force area||£13|
If you are a registered firearms dealer (RFD) applying for an additional premises or temporary permit please contact us here.