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Applying for or renewing a Firearm/Shotgun Certificate

New applicants from 1 April2021

All  applications for Firearms and Shotgun certificates, including renewals must be completed online.

If you are not an existing certificate holder, you will need to provide a medical report. You may be charged a fee for this. Any applications received without a medical report will be returned as incomplete.

This does not apply to any renewals or to existing certificate holders.

We are working hard to process the very large number of new applications received during lockdown, as safely and quickly as possible.   Many applicants are phoning or e-mailing the department wanting an update, we respectfully request you to refrain from this at the present time as we need to focus on processing your applications.

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We require:

  • An completed online application.
  • A current photograph (they must be against a plain cream or grey background and without objects or people in the background.  It must be full face with a neutral expression, eyes open – no red eye- and mouth closed, without a head covering or tinted/sunglasses).
  • Referee(s) -details of one suitable person, (two for firearm), who has agreed to act (freely and without payment) as your referee and who has known you for at least two years. Members of your immediate family, this includes partner, in laws etc (see Home Office Guidance, chapter 11), firearms dealers, serving police officers and police employees cannot act as your referee.
  • Experience of handling the calibre of weapon applied for. 
  • You must disclose any information about convictions.
  • You must disclose any health/medical conditions (see the Frequently Asked Question section opposite).
  • For renewal applications – we DO NOT require your current certificates.

Firearm applications

In addition to the above:

  • You need to provide the details of one area of land where you have permission to shoot, which is suitable for the highest calibre of weapon you wish to possess.
  • And/or the details of a Home Office approved Club of which you are a FULL member.

Timescale for an initial application

  • Under normal circumstances, from the date of receiving an application for a firearm and/or shotgun certificate, it can take up to six months to complete the process. The time will depend on background and medical checks. A backlog of applications has occurred as we were unable to visit during lockdown so the process is taking longer.
  • You will be visited by a Firearms Enquiry Officer. Their report is sent into the department and we aim to produce your certificate as soon as all relevant checks have been completed.

Timescales for renewing

Renewal reminder letters are sent out EIGHT weeks prior to the expiry of your certificate(s). This may seem a long time, however experience has shown we need this amount of time to ensure we have received everything we need to process your application and address any errors, issues or missing information.

Coterminous Certificates

When you hold both a Firearm and a Shotgun Certificate that expire on the same day, they are known as Coterminous Certificates.  It is cheaper to renew such certificates.  If you are renewing your shotgun certificate and wish to bring it in line with the expiry of your firearm certificate, you make us aware, you do not need to complete the firearm section of the form and the fee is only that of a shotgun renewal.


Please note that we DO NOT require your current certificate(s)  with your renewal application.

Certificate type Fee (payable to ‘PCC for North Yorkshire’)
COTERMINOUS renewal (firearm & shotgun renewed together) £65
Firearm certificate renewal £62
Shotgun certificate renewal £49
COTERMINOUS certificates – applying for a firearm and shotgun)
Firearm certificate – initial application
Shotgun certificate – initial application
Shotgun Grant with Firearm Renewal
Firearm Grant with Shotgun Renewal

Do it online: firearm and shotgun certificates

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