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Apply for a shotgun certificate

Granting 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 to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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

Shotgun certificate applications

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

Returning your shotgun certificate application 

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

Shotgun certificate application fees

Fees and charges for all shotgun application types including renewals, transfers and amendments are detailed below. Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to;

  • Cambridgeshire Police and CC
Shotgun applications fees and charges
Shotgun application typeValid forCost
Grant a shotgun certificate 5 years £79.50
Renewal of a shotgun certificate 5 years £49
Replacement shotgun certificate 5 years £4

Lost or destroyed shotgun certificate

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

Application timescales

Any firearms related applications, renewals or change notifications are usually processed within six weeks.

Due to staff shortages and increased demand, please be aware that we are currently processing new Grant applications received by us in early March.

Change of address notifications are generally completed and certificates returned within 10 working days. 

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