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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Renew a shotgun certificate and apply for a new firearm certificate

How do I apply?

You can apply online.

You'll need to have read the guidance notes before making your application. 

How much does it cost?

It costs £90.

How long does it take?

It can take up to 24 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.

You'll need the following to complete your application

Your contact details, including:

  • email address
  • phone number
  • work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
  • previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years 

Health and medical information:

  • details of any relevant conditions you have which need to be disclosed (you’ll find a list of those in the guidance notes)
  • your GP or practice address, postcode and phone number
  • previous GP or practice information if you haven’t been registered with your current GP or practice for ten years or more
  • if, during the last ten years, there have been times when you haven’t been registered with a GP or practice in the UK, we’ll need to know about this and will ask why this was and if there is any information you can give us about this, for example if you’re in the armed services and were posted abroad
  • your completed GP letter - you'll need to download this and have your GP fill it in. Then send it to us with your application.

Details about any offences or written cautions (including speeding but not parking offences or fixed penalty notices):

  • details of the offence, including the date (month and year)


Details about the firearm(s), shotgun(s) and ammunition you own and intend to acquire:

  • calibre, type and reason for having the firearm(s)
  • calibre and quantity of ammunition
  • security arrangements - how and where the firearm(s) and shotgun(s) will be stored, whether the arrangements are shared (and, if they are, the details of who they are shared with)

The details of two referees you've known for more than two years, including:

  • their date and place of birth
  • their occupation
  • contact details

Please note: referees can't be a member of your family, a serving police officer or staff, or a registered firearms dealer.


  • one passport-style photo which is no larger than 1MB in size and is a .jpg/.jpeg


  • credit or debit card details to make your online payment


Application steps

Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.

Step 2: Upload your photo with your application.

Step 3: Make your payment online.

Step 4: Send your completed GP letter to the firearms team, either by:


or by post:

Firearms Licensing
Sussex Police Headquarters
Malling House
Church Lane
East Sussex
BN7 2DZ.

If you're emailing it to us, please include the reference number you'll get when you submit your application online in the subject line of the email. 

If you're sending it by post, please include a covering letter including the reference number. 

Please note: we can't accept a medical record printout and you'll need to send the completed GP form to us within 10 working days of your application. Otherwise it will be rejected.

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.

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 in five days.