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Apply for or renew a firearms certificate

Granting of a certificate 

For all new applications, a home visit is required by your local firearms enquiry officer. You will be contacted to arrange a mutually agreeable time and date for your visit, but please be aware that our enquiry officers do not work evenings or weekends, therefore you will be required to be available from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Please do not submit an application if you are going to be unavailable to facilitate a visit during these hours and within 8-12 weeks of your application.

If you are applying to shoot on land or as a member of a shooting club, please complete this form and submit it with your application.

Certificate renewals

It is your responsibility to remember to renew your certificate by sending a fully completed application to us before your current certificate expires, we therefore advise that you submit it well in advance.

Renewal reminders

To assist you we will send you a renewal reminder letter 12 weeks before your certificate is due to expire. 

If your renewal application is received by us less than eight weeks prior to your expiry date, or is incomplete, this gives us insufficient time to process it. You therefore may be required to place leave your firearms, ammunition or shotguns with an authorised person until you receive your new certificate.

Don’t forget to submit a land authority or club form, if relevant, with your renewal application as we need confirmation that you are still authorised to use the land.

Firearms certificate application form 

Whether you are applying for a new certificate or renewal of an existing certificate, please download, complete and return Form 201.

Land authority or club application form

To register or renew as a club or land authority for the purposes of shooting related activities, please download, complete and return the land authority and club form.

Application costs

Fees and charges for new firearms certificate applications, renewals and amendments are detailed in the table below. Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to;

  • Cambridgeshire Police and CC
Firearms applications fees and charges
 Firearms certificate typeValid forCost
Grant of a new firearm certificate 5 years £88
Renewal of a firearm certificate 5 years £62
Replacement firearm certificate 5 years £4


Lost or destroyed firearms certificate

Firearms certificates that have been lost or destroyed can be replaced. Please contact us to arrange a replacement certificate.

Returning your firearms certificate application

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Hinchingbrooke Park
PE29 6NP

Application timescales

An application for a new licence or for the renewal of an existing licence can take between four and six weeks from when we receive a correctly completed application, photographs and the appropriate fee. 

Due to staff shortages and increased demand, please be aware that we are currently processing new grant applications received by us during late November and early December 2018.

Renewals are being processed in expiry date order, not by date received, so you will be contacted around two weeks prior to expiry by an Firearms and Explosives Officer. If you have sent in a renewal application and the expiry date is some time in the future, please don't  be concerned if you have not yet been contacted.

Please bear this information in mind before contacting us to enquire about the progress of your application.

Updated certificates for changing address are usually returned within 10 working days.

To assist your application, you may wish to include written authority for your use of any land or proof of membership of a Home Office Approved club with your application.

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