Permit to Acquire Firearms - New South Wales


You will need 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.

The purchase of an imitation firearm does not require a permit to acquire firearms where you have a licence to possess or use an imitation firearm.

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 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.

If you intend to acquire a handgun for sport / target shooting you will also need:

  • the Club Confirmation form that has been completed by a club official
  • the pistol firearms safety completion certificate (for probationary pistol licence holders only).


90 days


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $30.00

Per firearm. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulation 2017 New South Wales

Approval time

28 days



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.