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Applying for or renewing a Firearm/Shotgun Certificate

New applicants from 1 April2021

All new applications for Firearms and Shotgun certificates including renewals must be completed online from this date.

If you are not an existing certificate holder and are applying for a shotgun/firearm/explosives/RFD licence then you will need to provide a report completed by your GP. Your GP may charge you a fee for this. Any applications received without a GP report will be returned as incomplete.

You can either upload your GP report (see proforma below), with your online application or send it via email to firearms licensing.

This does not apply to any renewals or to existing certificate holders who are applying for a different licence.

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We require:

  • An completed online application.
  • A current photograph (they must be against a plain cream or grey background and without objects or people in the background.  It must be full face with a neutral expression, eyes open – no red eye- and mouth closed, without a head covering or tinted/sunglasses).
  • Referee(s) -details of one suitable person, (two for firearm), who has agreed to act (freely and without payment) as your referee and who has known you for at least two years. Members of your immediate family, this includes partner, in laws etc (see Home Office Guidance, chapter 11), firearms dealers, serving police officers and police employees cannot act as your referee.
  • Experience of handling the calibre of weapon applied for. 
  • You must disclose any information about convictions.
  • You must disclose any health/medical conditions (see the Frequently Asked Question section opposite).
  • For renewal applications – we DO NOT require your current certificates.

Firearm applications

In addition to the above:

  • You need to provide the details of one area of land where you have permission to shoot, which is suitable for the highest calibre of weapon you wish to possess.
  • And/or the details of a Home Office approved Club of which you are a FULL member.

Timescale for an initial application

  • We have been unable to visit for a large part of the last 12 months.  When lockdown restrictions have been lifted we have worked hard to process applications as safely and quickly as possible.  We are currently working our way through a very large number of applications received during the last four months of restrictions.
  • Under normal circumstances, from the date of receiving an application for a firearm and/or shotgun certificate, it can take up to six months to complete the process. The time will depend on background and medical checks.
  • You will be visited by a Firearms Enquiry Officer. Their report is sent into the department and we aim to produce your certificate as soon as all relevant checks have been completed.

Timescales for renewing

Renewal reminder letters are sent out approximately TWELVE weeks prior to the expiry of your certificate(s). This may seem a long time, however experience has shown we need this amount of time to ensure we have received everything we need to process your application and address any errors, issues or missing information.  Providing a correctly completed application is received within the given timescale of four weeks and there are no concerns regarding your continued suitability, your renewed certificate(s) will be issued approximately two weeks before the expiry of the old certificate(s).

Coterminous Certificates

When you hold both a Firearm and a Shotgun Certificate that expire on the same day, they are known as Coterminous Certificates.  It is cheaper to renew such certificates.  If you are renewing your shotgun certificate and wish to bring it in line with the expiry of your firearm certificate, you need to tick the box at the top of the first page of the application form, you do not need to complete the firearm section of the form and the fee is only that of a shotgun renewal.


Please note that we DO NOT require your current certificate(s)  with your renewal application.

Certificate type Fee (payable to ‘PCC for North Yorkshire’)
COTERMINOUS renewal (firearm & shotgun renewed together) £65
Firearm certificate renewal £62
Shotgun certificate renewal £49
COTERMINOUS certificates – applying for a firearm and shotgun)
Firearm certificate – initial application
Shotgun certificate – initial application
Shotgun Grant with Firearm Renewal
Firearm Grant with Shotgun Renewal

Do it online: firearm and shotgun certificates

GP proforma