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Service Delivery Targets

PLEASE NOTE – the Firearms Licensing Department have been working extremely hard to improve our performance and have significantly improved our turnaround times. While these are a vast improvement from the start of 2017, we recognise that they are not ideal and we continue to work towards a 90 day target for new grants. We thank you for your patiencein this matter.

For certificates that expire after January 1, 2017, provided you have completed your renewal application form correctly, have submitted it in good time and certain criteria are met, Essex Police will automatically issue you with a new certificate.

Your renewal application will still be subject to our robust vetting processes based upon information and intelligence derived from information held within police systems, from medical information and also from referee testimony and will be assessed to determine whether a personal visit is required or if the renewal can be dealt with by means of a telephone call.

If there is no concern for public safety or with regard to firearms, doubt over the fitness of the applicant and they fulfil the legislative criteria including:

  • the relevant application form is fully completed honestly and accurately
  • a signed and dated photograph for each application
  • send a cheque or postal order for the correct amount payable to The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex  

Essex Police will endeavour to process the application within the following timescales from the date of receipt of the completed application:

Grant of a firearm or a shot gun certificate
30 weeks

Renewal of a firearm or shot gun certificate
Provided renewal application are received in good time, certificates are being renewed 3 weeks before expiry.

Change of address
1 week

'One for one' variation on an identical or similar calibre
1 week

'One for one' variation on none identical or similar calibres and amendment of certificates for additional 'good reason' or use
5 to 6 weeks

Grant or renew a European Firearms Pass (Note: This can only be issued to the expiry dates of a valid FAC or SGC)
1 week

Issue a temporary permit (Section 7), providing any delay is due to Police
1 week

If your application is within the timeframe shown above, please do not telephone or email our office. A high volume of enquiries prevents us from processing work efficiently.

Renewal reminder letters are sent out three months prior to the expiry of the certificate. The application forms and notes for guidance can be downloaded here.

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