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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We are temporarily unable to process any new applications for the grant of shotgun, firearms or explosives certificates. This is due to home visits no longer being possible, following government guidance on the need for social distancing. Renewal applications are currently still being processed. Please contact us online if you have any questions

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Register for or renew a firearms dealer certificate as an individual

Coronavirus (Covid-19): due to the government advice on social distancing, we will not be doing home visits and so cannot process any new certificate applications. We are still processing renewals and will contact you via phone.


How do I apply?

Step 1: Download the firearms dealer registration form (Form 116).

Step 2: Complete parts A, D and E only.

You'll need these details:

  • Your home addresses from the last five years
  • Your previous dealer certificate details (if applicable)


Step 3: Post your completed form and cheque or postal order (payable to Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex) to:

Firearms Licensing
Essex Police HQ
PO Box 2


How much does it cost?

It costs £200.

What happens after I apply?

We'll get in touch as quickly as possible if we have any questions about your application or need to ask for more information.

Otherwise, we'll contact you within four weeks.