Permit to Acquire Firearms - New South Wales

Description

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. You must have arrangements in place for the safe keeping of the firearm. A separate permit 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
  • 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

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount Description
Apply Application $30.00

Per firearm.

Forms

Task Resources
Apply Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Longarm - This application form is available upon request from the Agency.
Apply Application for a Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Handgun - This application form is available upon request from the Agency.

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 NSW

Application process

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.

Transfer

You cannot transfer this permit to another person.

Administering agency

Department of Justice

NSW Police Force

Firearms Registry

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Permits to Acquire Unit

Firearms Registry

NSW Police Force

Department of Justice

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 1
Murwillumbah, New South Wales 2484
Phone: 1300 362 562
Phone: 02 6670 8590
Fax: 02 6670 8558
Email: frpta@police.nsw.gov.au
Website: Firearms Registry (Opens in new window)