Find out below how to apply for or renew a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate. Whether you’re a firearm owner, firearm dealer, shooting club member or planning to travel with firearms, answer a few quick questions and we’ll guide you to the right form and everything you need to complete it.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In line with the current guidance on social distancing and non-essential travel we are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates (such applications require home visits). This will be kept under review as government guidance is updated. We are however currently still processing renewal applications but have ceased routinely visiting certificate holders until further notice. Please contact us online if you have any questions or consider there to be any exceptional circumstances.

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Add a temporary place of business to a current dealer certificate.

How do I apply? 

Step 1: Download and complete the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116A).

You'll need these details:

  • home addresses from the last five years
  • current dealer certificate details
  • company details and any associated dealer certifications (if applicable)

 

Step 2: Post your completed form and cheque (payable to OPCC for Leicestershire) to:

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Criminal Justice
Mansfield House
74 Belgrave Gate
Leicester
LE1 3GG

How much does it cost?

It's free for Leicestershire dealers. For dealers outside Leicestershire it costs £13.

What happens after I apply?

We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.

Otherwise, we'll contact you within four weeks.