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PLEASE NOTE: Grant/variations will be accepted from 11th April 2022.

Firearms pages

Application forms
Firearms security
Firearms information
Firearm and Shotgun FAQs
Contacting Firearms Licensing
Online Notifications


Firearm and shotgun certificate holders in Nottinghamshire are asked to be extra vigilant and check their security measures after recent reported burglaries resulting in the theft of shotguns and ammunition.

If you see any suspicious activity or a crime in progress you are urged to call 999, any non-urgent information can be passed to Nottinghamshire Police via 101, Firearms Licensing or reported anonymously to Crimestoppers.

Changes to the Application Process

From Monday 4th October 2021, you can submit your application online through our application portal firearmsapplications@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk please attach your completed application form and all relevant documents in support of your application and upload one photograph of likeness. You will receive an automated response once you have submitted your application.

You will be able to pay for the fee of your certificate online following the links to GovPay.

Applications are being processed in expiry date order, Firearm Enquiry Officer will contact you to make an appointment in relation to renewal.

Please Note

As a result of Home Office requirements following the tragic events in Plymouth we have reduced staffing capacity until further notice. If your query or request is not urgent there will be a short delay in addressing it. We thank you for your patience.

Changes to the law on antique firearms

The law on antique firearms has changed. From 22 March 2021 some firearms previously regarded as antique, and therefore exempt from control, no longer qualify as such and must now be licensed. Owners of these firearms must act by 11.59pm on 21 September 2021 to licence them or lawfully dispose of them.

For further details please refer to the Home Office Website

Club attendance - all applications or variations must include a letter of club attendance to expedite the process.
Land authority - correct contact details need to be provided to ensure the correct checks can be completed to process the application.

Renewals from the 1st September 2021

You will receive an initial renewal letter approximately 16 weeks prior to your expiry date, indicating an application for renewal is due and advising you to go to Nottinghamshire Police Website > Firearms and Explosive Licensing > Firearms Application Forms, where you can download an application form. Please do not use any other form as it may be obsolete and unnecessarily delay your application.

If no response is received from initial renewal letter, a further reminder letter will be issued to you 10 weeks prior to your expiry date; notifying the applicant that if no application is received, then all Firearms/Shotguns must be lodged with a Registered Firearms Dealer before expiry.

You should forward your completed application at least 12 weeks prior to the expiry date, in order to assist with the timely renewal of your certificate. Applications received by us between 8 and 16 weeks prior to the expiry date automatically receive a Home Office extension of 8 weeks.

Renewal applications must be received at least 8 weeks before the expiry date. If an application is received less than 8 weeks before the date of expiry, it will not be possible to determine the outcome of your application before your certificate expires and you may be advised to lodge your Firearms/Shotguns with a Registered Firearms Dealer or a person lawfully entitled to possess them before the expiry date of your existing certificate.

Please Note

From August 2021, all Grants and Renewals will be conducted via a home visit. Home visits will be arranged in advance by Firearm Enquiry Officers between 08:00 - 16:00 Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays).

It is the duty of the applicant to ensure they are available for a home visit during these hours.

Medical Verification Reports

Nottinghamshire Police now require a GP Verification Report to assist with the enquiries of Firearms Licensing for grants and renewals of Firearm or Shotgun certificates or Registered Firearms Dealerships.

You should submit your Medical Verification to your GP before sending an application for renewal. Please note due to COVID-19, expect a turnover of up to 12 weeks for the completed Medical Verification. It is the responsibility of the license holder to enquire the status of the medical verification, with their GP.

Please note: no applications will be finalised without this Verification Report.

Notification Procedure

You are required by the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 to notify the Police Force who issued your Firearms or Shotgun Certificate in writing or online using our notification portal within seven days of any transaction regarding the acquisition, transfer or disposal of the Firearm or Shotgun. Failure to comply with any of the sections is an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to six months, a fine of up to £2,000, or both.

You will receive an automated response email upon completion of notification, please accept this as confirmation of the transaction. There is no requirement to contact Firearms Licensing to confirm the notification has been received.

We do not require your original certificate to be sent in for notifications.

The Firearms Licensing Department is currently experiencing a high volume of applications and as such delays are inevitable. The Licensing Department will strive to ensure your renewal is granted prior to the expiry date of your certificate and would request that your renewal paperwork is received at the earliest opportunity.

Firearms Licensing Department Contact Details

Telephone: 101 Ext 318 0865
Lines open between 10am and 12 midday Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

Email: hqcj.firearms@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Firearms Licensing Department
Nottinghamshire Police HQ
Sherwood Lodge