Prohibited Weapons - Laser Pointer Permit - New South Wales


You will require this permit if you intend to possess and use a laser pointer of over 1 milliwatt. A laser pointer means a hand-held battery-operated device, designed or adapted to emit a laser beam that may be used for the purpose of aiming, targeting or pointing.

You are exempt from requiring this permit if you are a member of an approved astronomical organisation or if you hold a firearms licence or permit to use a laser pointer under the firearms legislation.

Please see the attached document for details on approved astronomical organisations.

Please be aware that you can own a laser pointer of 1 milliwatt or less, but it is an offence in NSW to carry or use the laser pointed in a public place without a reasonable excuse. For example, you are an amateur astronomer, teacher, lecturer or builder.

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 have a genuine reason to possess and use a laser pointer (e.g. a teacher or builder).

Further eligibility criteria and details of the information you must provide with your application are outlined in the attached documents.


The permit will be issued for a maximum term of 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $127.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $25.00

For each additional person authorised by the permit. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Weapons Prohibition Regulation 2017 New South Wales

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.