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.

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Add a temporary place of business to a current dealer certificate.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): We are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates.

This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing.

Please contact us online if you have any questions. 

Renewals are currently still being processed.


How do I apply? 

Step 1: Download and complete the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116A).

You'll need these details:

  • home addresses from the last five years
  • current dealer certificate details
  • company details and any associated dealer certifications (if applicable)


Step 2: Post your completed form and cheque (payable to GMCA GMP) to:

Greater Manchester Police
Box 06
Nexus House

How much does it cost?

It's free for Greater Manchester dealers. For dealers outside Greater Manchester it costs £13.

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.

Otherwise, we'll contact you within four weeks.