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Shotgun Application Forms

For the Grant/Renewal of a Shotgun Certificate please read the important guidance below and download Application Form 201. Once completed please post the application to:

'Firearms Licensing Unit, Malvern Police Station, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2TE'.

pdf icon 201: Shotgun Grant/Renewal Application Form & Guidance Notes (Statutory) [439kb]

Certificate holders are responsible for their own renewals and must allow adequate time. The current high level of demand is making it difficult to provide a timescale, although we are working hard to get back to the point where we can give you a realistic expectation. In the meantime our advice is to get your renewal application in as early as possible, to give us the best chance of returning your renewed certificate before the existing one expires.

You will receive notification that your certificate is about the expire, however the Firearms Licensing Unit will no longer send renewal application forms with the letter. Forms can be downloaded using the link on this page or are available from a number of police stations.

Our current working timescales are updated weekly which may give you an indication of our processing times.

Declaration of Convictions

You must not withhold information about any conviction.  This includes motoring offences, bind overs, formal written warnings, cautions and convictions in and outside of Great Britain, and (by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975) convictions which are spent under the 1974 Act.  A conditional discharge and absolute discharge both count as convictions for this purpose. Details of parking offences and fixed penalty notices do not need to be declared.

NOTE:  Persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more cannot possess a firearm or ammunition (including antique firearms) at any time.

Previous residence in another country

If you have previously resided in another country within the last 5 years it may expedite the application process if you seek a criminal conviction check from the relevant Embassy.

Declaration of Medical Conditions

The Chief Officer of Police has a statutory responsibility to ensure that anyone who possesses a firearm will not be a danger to public safety or to the peace. If you suffer with a relevant medical condition, you may wish to obtain a medical report from your General Practitioner and submit this alongside your application form. This will assist the timely and swift progress of your application, by preventing delays with the Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit requesting a report after receiving your application.

Having a medical condition of any kind does not preclude you from possessing a firearm. However any physical or mental condition that may affect your ability to possess and use firearms safely should be declared.

Relevant medical conditions are:-

  • Acute Stress Reaction or an acute reaction to the stress caused by trauma
  • Suicidal thoughts or self harm
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Dementia
  • Mania, bipolar disorder or a psychotic illness
  • A personality disorder
  • A neurological condition: for example, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's or Huntington's diseases, or epilepsy
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

The original report signed by the doctor (not a copy) must be included with your renewal application.

If you have any queries and are unsure whether to obtain a medical report to submit with your application, please check with the Firearms and Explosives Licensing Unit.

Where a medical report is needed because the applicant has declared a relevant medical condition on the application form the obligation is on the applicant to obtain the GP report and pay the fee. Where a medical report is needed because the GP has raised concerns or because the police require sight of a medical report for another reason the police will pay the fee.