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Firearms and Explosive Licensing Department

Our aim is to provide a professional and accountable service in the management of Firearms and Explosive Licensing for the residents and visitors to North Yorkshire and the City of York.

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We are committed to improving our customers experience when they access the services provided by the department. We are one of the very few forces who are able to offer fully electronic application forms and payments.

You are able to apply for or renew a firearm and/or shotgun certificate online. You are also able to pay online with a variety of payment methods, including debit cards and PayPal.

We are receiving quite a few application forms with pages missing, please ensure that you read the relevant notes  before completion.

PLEASE NOTE – if you do not want to submit your application online, you can still print off an application form by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Your form will be rejected if payment is not made or is incomplete.

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The Firearms and Explosive Licensing Department works to The Code of Ethics which is a nationally adopted set of behaviours that combine police regulations and police staff standards of behaviour.

Our priority is to support the legal, safe and secure possession of firearms. We consider all Firearm licensing  applications with fairness and process them with respect and efficiency.

We function to administer two acts:

We have direct links with operational police officers and intelligence data which have come from reports and arrests, not just convictions.

Our team constantly monitors incidents and undertakes the necessary vetting of each applicants history and medical status. These procedures can take some time, but are essential to ensure that the legal ownership of a firearm, shotgun or explosive is not granted to the wrong person.

We may refuse a certificate to an applicant if they or occupants at the same address have a history of violence, irresponsible or criminal behaviour.

A large amount of our time is spent chasing renewal applications for certificates that are due to expire and returning incomplete application forms.  The prompt return of application forms and attention to the necessary information required, releases the valuable resources necessary to keep the Department up to date.

This site is not monitored 24 hours a day – in an emergency please dial 999.


Home Office – Guide on Firearms Licensing Law (Apr 2016)

Home Office Security Manual 2005

Health & Safety Executive – Explosives Information

The British Association for Shooting & Conservation – Codes of Practice

British Deer Society

Countryside Alliance

Clay Pigeon Shooting Association

National Gamekeepers Organisation‎



Printable application form[pdf]