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Apply or renew a firearms certificate

Due to staff shortages and increased demand, please be aware that we are currently processing new grant applications received by us in early March. Renewals are being processed in expiry date order (not date received) so you will be contacted around two weeks prior to expiry by an FEO. If you have sent in your renewal application and your expiry date is some way in the future, please do not be concerned if you have not yet been contacted.

Please bear this information in mind before contacting the office to enquire on progress of your application.


Granting of a certificate

For all new applications, a home visit is required by your local Firearms enquiry officer. You will be contacted to arrange a mutually agreeable time and date for your visit, but please be aware that our enquiry officers do not work evenings or weekends, therefore you will be required to be available during the house of 8-4, Monday to Friday

Please do not submit an application if you are going to be out of the country/unavailable to facilitate a visit when requested during these hours and within 8-12 weeks of your application

If you are applying to shoot on land or as a member of a shooting club the following form must be completed and submitted with your application.

Land authority and club form

This not a statutory form, however, without this information your application cannot be processed and will cause significant delays in your application.

Certificate renewals

It is your responsibility to remember to renew your certificate by sending a fully completed application to us before your current certificate expires, we therefore advise that you submit it in plenty of time.

Renewal reminders

To assist you we will send you a renewal reminder letter 12 weeks before your certificate is due to expire. 

If your renewal application is received by us less than eight weeks prior to you expiry date, and/or is incomplete, this gives us insufficient time to process it, and you therefore may be required to place your firearms, ammunition or shotguns with a person authorised to possess them until you receive your new certificate.

Don’t forget to submit a land authority or club form if relevant with your renewal application as we need confirmation that you are still authorised to use the land.

Land authority and club form

Firearms licence application form

Whether you are applying for a new licence or renewal of an existing licence, please download, complete and return Form 201.

Land authority or club application form

To register or renew as a club or land authority for the purposes of shooting related activities, please download, complete and return the Land Authority and Club Form.

Application costs

Fees and charges for new firearms licence applications, renewals and amendments are detailed in the table below. Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to;

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

Firearms applications fees and charges
 Firearms licence typeValid forCost
Grant of a new firearm certificate 5 years £88
Renewal of a firearm certificate 5 years £62
Replacement firearm certificate 5 years £4


Lost or destroyed firearms licence

Firearms licences that have been lost or destroyed can be replaced. Please contact us to arrange a replacement certificate.

Returning your licence application

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters
Stanborough Road
Welwyn Garden City

Application timescales

Updated certificates for changing address are usually returned within 10 working days.

To assist your application, you may wish to include written authority for your use of any land or proof of membership of a Home Office Approved club with your application.

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