Shooters Licence - Northern Territory

Service summary

A shooters licence authorises the holder to possess and use only firearms of a category specified in the licence. All firearms must be registered. The cost of registration is incorporated in a Permit to Purchase or Acquire a Firearm. The following categories are available:

A - Shotguns or Rimfire rifles other then pump action or self loading. Air rifles or shot gun rim fire combination.

B - Muzzle loading, centrefire rifles, other than self loading, shot gun and centrefire combinations

C - Self loading rimfire rifles with a capacity of no more than 10 rounds, self loading and pump action shotguns with a capacity of no more than 5 rounds. Tranquilliser guns.

D - Self loading centrefire rifles, self loading or pump action shotguns with a capacity of more than 5 rounds. Self loading rimfire rifles with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. Firearms, other than pistols, less than 70cm long and capable of being concealed on or about a persons body.

H - Pistols and air pistols.

Applicants are subject to conviction checks and domestic violence or restraining order checks. Applicants must be deemed to be a fit and proper persons, over the age of 18, have completed an approved firearms training and safety course.

If shooting on crown land, shooters must have a crown land permit. If shooting on private land, shooters must have permission from the owner.

Service type


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


Class A or B - 5 years; Class C - 3 years; Class D or H - 1 year.


$115 (100 Revenue Units) (Class A to H)
In 2017/2018 - 1 Revenue Unit is equivalent to $1.15

Administering agency

Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1997 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Front Desk

Operating address:
Local Police Station




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