To apply for a firearm or shotgun licence, read this information carefully and then download the appropriate form from the ‘Downloads’ section below.
Download and print the required form, (it cannot be saved for later), and complete by hand. Please check you have signed it and enclosed the necessary items before sending:
completed application form
the appropriate fee
Please ensure all correspondence is sent to:
FSEL Section Essex Police Headquarters PO Box 2 Springfield Chelmsford Essex CM2 6DA
Payments can be made in the following ways:
Online using internet banking services
Banking applications on mobile devices
By visiting the local branch of your bank and either paying at the counter or via a self-service machine
Please note that Essex Police cannot currently accept debit or credit card payments on our own website.
During a short transition period, we can continue to accept payments by cheque, be made payable to ‘Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex’. After this transition period, we will only accept the payment methods listed above.
All payments should be made to the Essex Police Firearms account:
Sort code: 30-80-12
Account number: 17669368
Please ensure all payments include a 16 character reference in the following format to ensure the payment can be matched up with your application:
FSEL This stands for Firearms Shotguns and Explosive Licensing and forms the first 4 characters.
X First initial of applicant's first name (5th character)
XXXXX First five letters of applicant's surname (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th characters)
XXXXXX The applicant's date of birth (six number format DDMMYY)
David Johnson born on 1st of November 1972 would be: FSELDJOHNS011172 (a total of 16 characters)
Please write this reference number on the top of your application form.
Please note: if you don't include the reference in the right format, this will delay your application.
Grant of firearm certificate
Renewal of firearm certificate
Variation of a firearm certificate (other than when it is renewed at the same time) to increase the number of firearms to which the certificate relates
Replacement of a firearm certificate lost or destroyed
Grant of a shotgun certificate
Renewal of a shotgun certificate
Replacement of a shotgun certificate lost or destroyed
Firearms and shotgun certificates valid for the same dates
Individual visitor's permit
Group visitors' permit (groups of six or more valid for the same dates)
Registered firearms dealers
Registration or renewal
We aim to complete all applications within 8 weeks from the date of receipt, subject to all the relevant information being provided at that time.
Priority will be given to renewal applications received within 28 days of the postal date of your renewal letter.
For those applications not received within 8 weeks it is likely that your certificate(s) will not be renewed prior to their expiry and you will therefore be required to lodge your firearms with a registered firearm dealer or another certificate holder, before your certificate(s) expire.
Any costs incurred in relation to the lodging of firearms, shotguns, Section 1 ammunition and certificated explosives will be at a certificate holder's own expense.
It must be noted that any certificate holder who has not submitted their renewal application within the above time limit and who does not transfer their firearms before the expiry of their certificates(s) will be liable to prosecution and it is likely that their certificate(s) will not be renewed.
Applications for visitors' firearms or shotgun permits must be submitted with the following documentation for each visitor:
European Union (EU) Visitors - copy of European Firearms Pass (EFP)
Non EU Visitors - either copies of current valid Firearm or Shotgun Licences, or the equivalent of a local Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check from their country
Currently it is not possible to submit these forms electronically. Faxed, photocopied or scanned copies of documents are acceptable. Where copies are not enclosed the permits will not be issued.
Applications for a Visitor’s Permit should be made at least 8 weeks prior to arrival in this Country. We cannot guarantee the issue of a visitors permit with less than 8 weeks notice.
Registering as a firearms dealer
If your business is connected with the buying, selling, manufacturing, testing or repairing of firearms, shotguns or ammunition you are required to register as a firearms dealer. This allows you to be in possession of firearms, shotguns or ammunition as part of your business without the need to comply with the requirements of a firearm or shotgun certificate in relation to notifications of acquisitions or, in the case of firearms, the need to obtain specific authorisation before you acquire them.
If you attend a game fair or agricultural show outside of the police area where your business is registered you have to register with the police for that area using Form 116.
If another place of business is required in the same area as your primary registered firearms dealer (RFD) certificate then Form 116a - Additional Premises application will need to be submitted. There is no fee for additional places of business in the same police area.
Apply for shooting club approval
All applications for shooting club approval (new or renewal) should be submitted directly to the Home Office. This applies to all clubs in England and Wales. Applications will only be accepted by the Home Office, and should no longer be sent directly to the police.
Once your application has been submitted, the Home Office we will review it to determine if it is valid and, if so, pass it to the police force, who will then make necessary enquiries before sending the application back to the Home Office for consideration. If you do not provide sufficient information and supporting evidence your application is likely to be rejected as invalid and will need to be resubmitted.
If you are applying to approve a site to enable persons who are not shotgun certificate holders to shoot at artificial targets, such as Clay Pigeon shoots, please complete the 'Application for a Section 11(6) Authority' form below.