Firearms Licensing

About us

The Department is responsible for issuing just short of 14,000 certificates for firearms, shotguns and explosives to residents within West Yorkshire. We also provide information and advice for Police Officers, Police Staff and members of the public relating to the lawful ownership of firearms.

The primary objectives of the West Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing Department are to;

  • Protect public safety by preventing foreseeable or avoidable harm;
  • Deliver an efficient licensing process that is proportionate, rigorous, cost effective, fair and timely;
  • Provide a fair and transparent service to the public.

Firearms Licensing Application Forms and Fees

To apply for a firearm or shotgun certificate, please read the below information carefully.

Download and print the appropriate statutory form from the 'Forms' section below and make sure you physically sign it. Please use the following check list before sending:

  • Have you enclosed one photograph?
  • Have you enclosed a cheque or postal order to the correct fee?
  • Have you completed the application form?

Please note, the photograph provided must be a recent photograph and of a true likeness. If your application is not fully complete, it will be returned to you with a compliment slip. This will delay the grant or renewal process.


Please send all correspondence to:

Firearms Licensing Department

West Yorkshire Police

PO Box 9




Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to 'PCC West Yorkshire'.

Payments can be made via debit/credit card over the telephone. If you wish to pay via this method, please leave a note with your application and an Officer will be in touch to take the required card details once your application has been received.

Please note, we cannot accept cash payments.

Grant of Firearm Certificate


Renewal of Firearm Certificate


Grant of Shotgun Certificate


Renewal of Shotgun Certificate


Co-terminous Grant of Shotgun and Firearm Certificates


Co-terminous Renewal of Shotgun and Firearm Certificates


Co-terminous Grant of Shotgun Certificate and Renewal of Firearm Certificate


Co-terminous Grant of Firearm Certificate and Renewal of Shotgun Certificate


Grant / Renewal of Registered Firearms Dealer


Individual Visitors’ Permit


Group of Visitors’ Permit (groups of six or more)


Grant of Game Fairs


Replacement Certificate


Firearms Variation (not like for like)



Please note, if you are submitting a Form 201V to vary firearm certificate as a target shooter, in the good reason box found in Section 13 of the form, please state the discipline(s) for which the firearm is requested (such as prone, single shot precision, gallery, practical shotgun, etc.) as this will save us from coming back to you for this information.

One for one variations are free of charge (providing the application is received within 7 days of sale). However, if you would like to add any additional authorities this will cost £20 per application.


Form 201 - Application for the Grant and Renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun Certificate
Form 201V - Application to Vary a Firearm Certificate
Form ER4 - Grant and Renewal of an Explosives Certificate (Business, Individual or Corporate Body)
Form ER4a - Grant of an Explosives Certificate (Use in a Firearm or Shotgun)
Form ER4b - Renewal of an Explosives Certificate (Use in a Firearm or Shotgun)
ER2 Storage Licence Application
Form 107 - Application for a Visitor's Firearm or Shotgun Permit
Form 107 - Application for a Visitor's Firearm or Shotgun Permit (Continuation Form)
Form 116 - Application for Registration as a Firearms Dealer
Form 116a - Notification by a Registered Firearms Dealer of a Place of Business Not Already Entered in the Register

Contact Us

In an emergency, always dial 999!

The Firearms Licensing Department work Monday - Friday. You can contact us in one of the following ways:



Firearms Licensing Department

West Yorkshire Police

PO Box 9





[email protected]



01924 292310, 292312, 292330

Our telephone hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 1000 - 1400 hours

Fax: 01924 292236



You can find us on Twitter for updates and useful information: @WYP_FirearmsLic  

Have you purchased or sold a firearm? Have you moved house? Click here for our online notification forms. 


Click here to read security advice from BASC and the National Crime Agency.


Learn more about Firearms Licensing on GOV.UK

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