Firearms Collector Licence - Northern Territory


You will need this licence if you intend to collect firearms. A firearm collector is a person who possess and displays firearms:

  • for curiosities or ornaments
  • for their historic or artistic value, or mechanical uniqueness.

A collector's piece is a firearm that a collector may want for either of the reasons stated above, and may include a firearm that:

  • would not normally be permitted to be registered
  • is unsafe
  • the applicant does not wish to register the firearm to be carried or discharged
  • is approved by the Commissioner of Police as a collector's piece.

Licence holders must:

  • comply with the relevant safe keeping and storage requirements under the Firearms Act 1997
  • not permit any unauthorised person to possess or use a firearm in the holder's possession
  • permit a police officer to inspect, at any reasonable time, the holder's facilities for the storage and safe keeping of firearms
  • not possess an amount of ammunition that exceeds the amount authorised in writing by the Commissioner.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

This licence will not permit the collection of Category H (handguns) manufactured after 1st January 1947 - unless the applicant is endorsed by the Arms Collectors Association of the NT as a 'student of arms'. A person will be considered a student of arms if they:

  • are the holder of a firearm collectors licence
  • have been for at least 12 months, a member of an approved historical firearm's collector's society and that society recognises the person to be a student of arms
  • can demonstrate regular attendance at meetings of the society and participation in displays held by the society
  • can demonstrate that the person's firearms collection has a thematic structure and historical or commemorative value
  • possess a research library or contributes to the literature on the theme of the collection held.


10 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $280.00

Fees for 2023-24

Administering agency

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Police Civil Employment Unit

Contact details

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