Firearms Licence - New South Wales

Description

You will require this licence if you intend to possess or use a firearm. You must have a genuine reason for wanting a firearm and have a need for a particular type of firearm. You are deemed to have a genuine reason if you are:

  • a member of a sport or target shooting club
  • undertaking recreational hunting or vermin control
  • a primary producer
  • undertaking animal population control
  • involved in animal welfare
  • involved in a business
  • working in a rural occupation
  • involved in firearms collecting.

There are five categories of licence:

  • Category A: Firearms that do not self-load, such as air rifles, rim fire rifles that are operated by a bolt, lever, break or slide action, shotguns that are operated by a break, bolt or lever action, etc.
  • Category B: Longarms that do not self-load, such as centrefire rifles, muzzle loading firearms and shotgun / centrefire rifle combinations that are operated by a break action.
  • Category C: Self-loading rim fire rifles with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds, pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds, self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds.
  • Category D: Self-loading centrefire rifles, self-loading rim fire rifles with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds and self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds.
  • Category H: Pistols, such as rimfire pistols and air pistols.

Please see the attached Licence Category and Genuine Reason Table for full details of licence categories and genuine reasons. 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 licence you must:

  • be a NSW resident (or about to become a NSW resident)
  • be 18 years of age or over
  • complete a firearms safety training course for longarms or handguns
  • confirm that you are able to meet the safe storage requirements for the category of licence concerned
  • be a fit and proper person and be able to be trusted with possession of firearms without presenting a danger to public safety.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

2 or 5 years.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $100.00

Category A, B, C , D or H Licence: 2 years

Apply Application All $200.00

Category A, B, C , D or H Licence: 5 years

General Duplicate Certificate All $75.00 -
Vary Variation All $40.00

Add or delete a category from an existing licence: Category A, B, C, D or collector

Vary Variation All $100.00

Add or delete a category from an existing licence: Category H

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 NSW

Approval time

A new licence application has a mandatory waiting period of 28 days from the date of receipt before the licence can be issued.

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.

Licensing Team

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: frlicensing@police.nsw.gov.au
Website: Firearms Registry (Opens in new window)