PLEASE NOTE – owing to the current high
level of demand within the Firearms Licensing department the
processing of new Grant Applications is currently taking longer
than anticipated, however please trust we are working hard to
decrease this delay. To manage your expectations, please consider 6
months to be a minimum wait time.
It is an offence to own most firearms, shot guns or explosives
without a certificate but you can apply for one here if you live
within the area covered by Essex Police.
Your application will be dealt with by our Firearms, Shot Guns
and Explosives Licensing Section.
There are four stages:
- Decide which certificate you need using the descriptions
- Complete the relevant form and return it to us.
- We will make local and national checks using
Home Office guidelines
- A firearms enquiry officer will visit you
There are 2 ways to complete the forms. You can:
- Print and complete by hand
- Request a form to be posted to you
For details about how much your application will cost
please view the main Firearms Application page.
Which form do I need?
Firearms and Shotguns
Use this form to apply for a firearm or shotgun certificate or
renew / make changes to an existing one.
Download form 201
Use this form to make any
variation to an existing certificate.
Download form 202
This is the guidance notes for
the application and variation process.
Download form 201a
Please view our Explosives page for
information about application forms for explosives.