How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
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.
Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as a company
Coronavirus (Covid-19): due to the government advice on social distancing, we will not be doing home visits and so cannot process any new certificate applications. We are still processing renewals and will contact you via phone.
How do I apply?
Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).
Step 2: Complete parts B, C, D and E only.
You'll need these details:
- Your previous dealer certificate details (if applicable)
- Your company details and any associated dealer certifications (if applicable)
Step 3: Post your completed form and cheque (payable to OPCC for Leicestershire) to:
Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
74 Belgrave Gate
How much does it cost?
It costs £200.
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.