Find out below how to 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.

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Add additional firearm(s) or ammunition to a current certificate

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

How much does it cost?

It's free to add ammunition. 

To add firearms costs £20.

Apply online

Step 1: complete the online form

You'll need these details:

  • details of the firearm(s) you wish to vary and why
  • a photo of your current certificate (in .jpg or .jpeg format)
  • details of any physical or mental health conditions you have
  • the name and address of your current UK GP or UK GP practice
  • details of any previous convictions
  • credit or debit card details to make your online payment

 

Step 2: post your current firearm certificate to:

Firearms Licensing
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2
Springfield
Chelmsford
CM2 6DA


Please note:
if you need to update your GP details you can do that online here

 

Apply by post

Step 1: Download, complete and sign the Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate (Form 201V).

You'll need these details:

  • your current firearms certificate
  • the name and address of your current UK GP or UK GP practice
  • any physical or mental health conditions
  • any previous convictions
  • firearm(s) you wish to vary and why

 

Step 2: There's no charge for an increase in ammunition. For additional firearms make out a cheque or postal order for £20, payable to Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

We can't accept cash.

Step 3: Post the completed form, cheque or postal order and your current firearms certificate to:

Firearms Licensing
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2
Springfield
Chelmsford
CM2 6DA


What happens after I apply?

We’ll email you your reference number for your records and we'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information or arrange a home visit.

Otherwise, you should receive your updated certificate within eight weeks.

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