Museum Firearms Permit - New South Wales


You will need this permit if you operate a public museum and intend to maintain and display a collection of firearms. The collection must have a genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value. A public museum is a non-profit making institution that acquires, conserves and exhibits objects of scientific or historical interest for the purposes of study, education and public enjoyment.

Please note that all firearms are required to be registered with the exception of pre-1900 firearms that are not capable of discharging breach loading cartridges. All firearms that are part of the museum's collection must be rendered temporarily inoperable by removing the bolt or firing mechanism and keeping it separate from the firearm in a locked container of an approved type, or by using a trigger lock of an approved type.

All employees of your museum are required to provide their details using the appropriate form.

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:

  • demonstrate that the firearm or collection has a genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value
  • demonstrate that the firearm is rendered temporarily inoperable
  • provide proof of identity (if no other NSW firearms licence or permit is held or been held)
  • have a legitimate reason.

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 firearm safety training course and provide evidence of this with your application.


5 years maximum


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $75.00

Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $75.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $40.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Application process


Please refer to the attached documents for information regarding the required documentation to be submitted with the your application.

Administering agency

Department of Communities and 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.