Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you are a current firearm licence holder, and you intend to acquire a new firearm. If you are not a current firearm licence holder, you can lodge a firearms licence application form along with the application for a permit to acquire a firearm. Both handguns and long arms must be registered. You must have a genuine reason for obtaining the firearm, for example:

  • for target shooting
  • working in security
  • being a collector
  • because the firearm is an heirloom.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

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:

  • Fill in the relevant form and attach documentation as required;
  • Pay any fees; and
  • Meet the relevant age requirements.

Each category of firearm has its own eligibility requirements. Please refer to the application form and associated documents for full details.



As specified on the permit.


ApplyApplication$9.20Acquire a longarm. Fees for 2016-17.
Application$50.00Acquire a handgun. Fees for 2016-17.



Lodge your application form and any associated documents directly with the agency. You can use the one form if you wish to acquire more than one firearm, provided they are of the same licence type. Do not attach money orders, cash, cheques, or original documents. You will need to attach any documentation regarding a name change (if applicable).

Approval time

New firearms applications cannot be issued until 28 days after the Agency receives the application.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Services Division
Victoria Police


1300 651 645


03 9247 6485

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