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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.
Renew a current shotgun certificate and apply for a new firearm certificate
You can apply online or by post.
You'll need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
It costs £90.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
It can take up to 20 weeks to grant a new certificate.
This is dependent on the application being complete. If the FAL team have to contact you to follow up on anything then your application could take longer to process.
Your details, including:
Health and medical information:
Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):
You can find out about your conviction history by making a Subject Access Request to ACRO.
Details about the firearm(s), shotgun(s) and ammunition you own and intend to acquire:
The details of two referees you've known for more than two years, including:
Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.
Please note: It’s an offence under section 28A(7) of the Firearms Act to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement for the purpose of procuring the grant or renewal of a certificate, the maximum penalty for which is six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine.
Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.
Step 2: Upload your GP proforma and your photo as part of the online application.
Step 3: Make your payment online.
Step 4: Email a copy of your existing certificate; including Table 2 and occupants list to the firearms team.
The form will take about 20 minutes to complete and you won't be able to save your application as you go, so it will need to be done in one sitting.
Click the 'Start' button below to start your online application.
Step 1: Download the firearm certificate application form (Form 201), occupants list and GP proforma.
Step 2: Print and complete the forms.
Step 3: Attach one passport-style photo (45mm high x 35mm wide).
Step 4: Make out a cheque for £90 payable to GMCA GMP. We can’t accept cash.
Step 5: Post your completed form 201, occupants list and GP form with your cheque or postal order to:
Greater Manchester Police
We'll get in touch within two weeks if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.