Prohibited Weapons - Laser Pointer Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to possess and use a laser pointer of over 1 milliwatt. A laser pointer means a hand-held battery-operated device, designed or adapted to emit a laser beam that may be used for the purpose of aiming, targeting or pointing.

You are exempt from requiring this permit if you are a member of an approved astronomical organisation or if you hold a firearms licence or permit to use a laser pointer under the firearms legislation.

Please see the attached document for details on approved astronomical organisations.

Please be aware that you can own a laser pointer of 1 milliwatt or less, but it is an offence in NSW to carry or use the laser pointed in a public place without a reasonable excuse. For example, you are an amateur astronomer, teacher, lecturer or builder.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • Have a genuine reason to possess and use a laser pointer (e.g. a teacher or builder);
  • Complete the application form and genuine reason form with the required documentation; and
  • Pay the required fee.

Further eligibility criteria and details of the information you must provide with your application are outlined in the attached documents. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


The permit will be issued for a maximum term of 5 years.



For each additional person authorised by the permit.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Act(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2009 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Mailing address:
Locked Bag 1
New South Wales 2484


1300 362 562


02 6670 8590


02 6670 8558

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