Firearms Licensing - Application Forms

Grant or renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun Certificate

New Grant applications

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, grant applications for new firearm and shotgun certificates are likely to experience a delay in excess of our published processing times.

Any application affected by this will continue to be processed in date order that they were received.

This measure is necessary to prioritise the current renewal demand, which takes precedent over new grant application due to the legal implications for people already possessing firearms and shotguns. We will be reviewing current arrangements weekly and remain committed to resume full licensing service as soon as possible.

Anyone with an urgent grant application, for example an employment requirement, should contact Firearms Licensing on 01305 223497.

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


For applications for Explosives Certificates please contact the Firearms Licensing Department by calling 01202 or 01305 - 223497 to request the relevant application form.

Return your completed form to:

Dorset Police Headquarters,
Room 3,
DT2 8DZ.


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

For documents saved in a portable document file format ( PDF) you will need a PDF reader to view the documents.

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If you are unable to download your chosen application form, request a copy of the necessary form(s) by calling 01202 or 01305 - 223497.

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