Firearms Certificates

With the following exceptions, a Firearm Certificate must be held for any 'Firearm' or ammunition for such a weapon. For the full definition please refer to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1968/27

Except:

  • Shot guns which may be held on a Shot Gun Certificate
  • Shot gun cartridges containing five or more shot, none of which exceeds .36 inch in diameter, which can only be purchased on production of a Shot Gun Certificate.
  • Air weapons of a type not declared specially dangerous (i.e. those falling below 6ft/lbs for a Air Gun or 12 ft/lbs for an Air rifle. 
  • Ammunition for an air gun, air rifle or air pistol.
  • Blank cartridges not more than one inch in diameter


Firearm Certificates are generally granted for rifles required for sports / vermin or target shooting.

Component parts of Section 1 firearms also require a Firearm Certificate, as do accessories, such as sound moderators.

The Firearm Certificate will specify the type and calibre of each firearm (and amount of corresponding ammunition, not applicable to air weapon ammunition) that may be possessed.

More dangerous firearms, classified as ‘prohibited weapons’ are covered by Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968, and generally require authority from the Scottish Government.

Good Reason

Applicants must have a 'Good Reason' for all firearms they may wish to possess. This may be evidenced by having authority to shoot over land, or membership of a Target Shooting Club. In respect of renewals, 'Good Reason' will be shown through regular use of all firearms possessed.

The application form for a Firearm Certificate (Form 201) is available below.

This form can be downloaded direct, or you can obtain them from any Police Station or you can send a stamp addressed A4 or A5 envelope with a 1st class large letter stamp affixed to your local Licensing Centre. Currently it is not possible to submit this form electronically.

A Firearms certificate is valid for 5 years.

Fees

Please note - new fees come into effect from 6th April 2015 as follows:   

Firearm certificate: Grant - £88
Firearm certificate: Renewal - £62
Shot gun certificate: Grant - £79.50
Shot gun certificate: Renewal - £49
Registered firearms dealer: Grant / renewal - £200
Visitors’ permit: Individual - £20
Visitors’ permit: Group (six or more permits) - £100  Game fairs: Grant - £13
Replacement certificate: £4
Variation (not like for like): applicable only to firearm certificates - £20

Co-terminous certificates: 

Grant of both shotgun and firearm certificates - £90
Grant of a shotgun certificate/renewal of firearm certificate - £90
Renewal of a shotgun certificate/grant of a firearm certificate - £90
Renewal of both shotgun and firearm certificates - £65

Make cheques payable to the SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY.

Renewals

Certificate holders will be reminded as a courtesy to renew their certificates some 12 weeks in advance of their expiry by the local Licensing Centre. This would allow us sufficient time to carry out the necessary enquiries before your certificate expires.

Prior to 6th April 2015 Police Scotland will accept renewal applications with the old fees payable for certificates which expire up to 28th June 2015. Any certificates expiring after 28 June 2015 will incur the new fees.

Variation Applications

An application to vary a firearm certificate may be made at any time. In general terms:

  • Where the number of firearms are increased a fee is payable.
  • A rifle may be exchanged for another of the same general calibre and type. This is known as 'one for one' to replace a worn firearm or acquire a preferred one. In practice, the old firearm should be disposed of, a 'one for one' variation applied for within 7 days and the new firearm acquired when granted.
  • Where the variation involves substantial change of weapon type then enquiry will be made by a licensing officer.

The Firearm application form required for a variation is available below (Form 202).

The completed form and fee of £26.00 made payable to the SCOTTISH POLICE AUTHORITY (only payable if you are increasing your number of firearms), should be returned to your local Firearms and Explosives Licensing.

Shotgun Certificates

A Shot Gun Certificate must be held for any 'Shot Gun'. For the full definition please refer to the follow weblink - 
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1968/27

Application for a Shot Gun Certificate Form 201 is available below.

This form can be downloaded direct, or you can obtain one from any Police Station, or you can send a stamp addressed A4 or A5 envelope with a 1st class large letter stamp affixed to your local Licensing Centre.

Currently it is not possible to submit this form electronically.

Fees

A Shotgun certificate is valid for 5 years.

Shot Gun CertificatesFee
Grant£79.50
Renewal£49.00
Replacement £8.00


When applying for a licence please read the application notes first to ensure the application form is completed correctly.

The forms below are new as of the 20th May 2014. If you have printed forms prior to this date but have not yet submitted them, please print and complete the new version. Forms submitted to Firearms Licensing prior to this date will be processed as normal.

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