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Firearms Licensing - Application Forms

Grant or renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun Certificate

New Grant applications

Dorset Police is experiencing a significant delay in the processing of firearms licensing and is aware that applicants are waiting much longer than anticipated for the grant and renewal application process. We request your continued patience while we work proactively to clear all outstanding applications and advise all applicants to disregard previous guidance on processing times while we work to restore the service to its previous capacity.


Please download and complete the following Home Office and Dorset Police application forms before using our Essential Information and Fees document, to ensure you have completed all of the necessary information before submitting your application.

PLEASE NOTE. Your application will not be accepted unless it has been fully completed using the help notes provided.

Renewal applications not in the system at least 8 WEEKS prior to the expiry date of the current certificate will result in the processing of the new certificate being delayed. You WILL be required to make alternative storage arrangements for ALL possessed Firearms/Shotguns and expanding ammunition covered by the certificate prior to its expiry.

Failure to move the guns and notify Firearms Licensing in writing where all guns are being stored in the interim period could result in you being in unlawful possession.

Variation of Firearm Certificate

Change of Address Form

If you are relocating please complete the online form below

Notification of Purchase or Sale of Firearm or Shotgun

Application for a Visitor's Firearm / Shotgun Permit

Firearms Dealers: Application for Registration or for new Certificate of Registration

Notification by a Registered Firearms Dealer of a place of business not already entered in the register


For applications for Explosives Certificates please contact the Devon and Cornwall Firearms Licensing Department by calling 01392 225650 to request the relevant application form.

Return your completed form to:

Firearms and Explosives Licensing
Devon and Cornwall Police,
Police Headquarters,

Please remember to sign and date each form before you submit them.

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If you are unable to download your chosen application form, request a copy of the necessary form(s) by calling 01392 225650.