Permit to Acquire Firearms - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to purchase / acquire a firearm. A firearm cannot be legally sold, bought or acquired unless you (the purchaser) have a valid permit to acquire and the transaction takes place through a licensed firearms dealer.

You must already hold a relevant licence or permit authorising the use or possession of the firearm. This is a separate (additional) permit that is required for each firearm that you intend to acquire.

The purchase of any firearms must be conducted by a licensed NSW firearms dealer. If there is no licensed firearms dealer within 100km of the residential address of both the buyer and seller, the transaction may be witnessed by an authorised police officer. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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 hold a firearms licence of the category that is appropriate to the firearm that you intend to acquire. A separate Permit to Acquire application must be completed for each firearm you intend to acquire.

You will be required to provide:

  • Your licence or permit number;
  • The type of firearm you intend to acquire;
  • A good reason why you intend to acquire the firearm (what will the firearm be used for);
  • An application form accompanied by all required documentation; and
  • Payment of the relevant fee.

If you have never held a firearms licence or permit in NSW, or you do not currently hold an equivalent issued firearms licence or permit interstate, you are required to complete a firearms safety training course and provide evidence of this with your application. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

90 days.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$30.00

Per firearm.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Longarm (Sample) - This application form is available upon request from the Agency.

Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Handgun (Sample) - This application form is available upon request from the Agency.

Application

Apply

The application forms are available from your firearms dealer or shooting club. You can also contact the Registry to request the forms be posted to you.


Approval time

There is a 28 day waiting period from receipt of your application before your permit can be issued.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2006 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Permits to Acquire Unit
Department of Justice
NSW Police Force
Firearms Registry


Mailing address:
Locked Bag
1 Murwillumbah
New South Wales 2484

Phone:

1300362562

Phone:

02 66708590

Fax:

02 66708558
frpta@police.nsw.gov.au

Supporting information

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