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 shotgun certificate
How do I apply?
You can apply online or by post.
You'll need to have read the guidance notes before making your application.
How much does it cost?
It costs £79.50.
Please note: If you apply online your payment will also be an online payment, we can't accept cheques with an online application.
How long does it take?
It can take up to 16 weeks to grant a new certificate.
You'll need the following to complete your application
Your contact details, including:
work contact details (if not unemployed or retired)
previous addresses if you haven’t lived at your current address for more than five years
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 proforma - you'll need to download this and have your GP fill it in. Then send it to us with your application or upload it as part of your online 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 shotgun(s) and ammunition you intend to acquire:
security arrangements - how and where the 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 one referee you've known for more than two years, including:
their date and place of birth
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
Step 1: Complete the online version of the form.
Step 2: Upload your GP proforma and your photo as part of the online application.
If you don't have your GP proforma at present, you can still complete our online application form. Just email your completed GP proforma to the firearms team as soon as possible, as they will not able to process your application without it.
Step 2: Print and complete the forms. If you do not yet have your completed GP proforma you can still apply but you must send this to us as soon as possible. We will not be able to process your application without it.
Step 3: Attach one passport-style photo (45mm high x 35mm wide).
Step 4: Make out a cheque or postal order for £79.50 payable to Nottinghamshire PCC. We can't accept cash.
Step 5: Post your completed forms and cheque or postal order to:
Firearms Licensing Department Nottinghamshire Police Force Headquarters Sherwood Lodge Arnold Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG5 8PP
Our offices are on a secure site that's not open to the public. Please use the post box at the gatehouse if delivering.
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.