How to apply for a firearm, shotgun or explosives certificate
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.
Apply for a certificate to acquire less than 15kg of explosives for use other than in a firearm or re-enactment
How do I apply?
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the Explosives Regulations 2014.
Step 2: Download and complete the Application for Explosives Certificate form (Form ER4).
You'll need these details:
- your home addresses from the last five years
- your firearm or shotgun certificate (if applicable)
- previous explosive certificates (if applicable)
- any previous convictions
- any physical or mental health conditions
In this form you'll also need to specify whether you plan to acquire only, or acquire and keep, the explosives.
Step 3: Post your completed form to:
Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit
Sussex Police Headquarters
How much does it cost?
It's free to apply.
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.