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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Update a certificate to include less than 15kg of explosives for use in a firearm

How do I apply?

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.

Step 2: Download and complete the Application for Renewal of an Explosive Certificate for Blackpowder to be Used in Firearms form (Form ER4B).

You'll need these details:

  • your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
  • your previous explosives certificate (if applicable)

In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.

Step 3: Post your completed form to:

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

 

How much does it cost?

It's free to update your certificate.


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.