Firearm Collector's Licence - Queensland


A Collector's Licence (Weapons) may be issued to an individual or body who wishes to collect weapons.

Groups such as private museums, historical societies and R.S.L.'s wishing to possess firearms will require this licence.

This licence may be endorsed for Category A, B, C, D, E, H, M and R weapons. However the licensee may only possess:

Category D, M or R weapons -

         (i) for firearms - those made permanenetly inoperable or
         (ii) for other weapons - those that are inert.

Category A, B or C weapons that are collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1901, only if the weapons are made temporarily inoperable.

Category H weapons -

          (i) manufactured on or after 1 January 1901 and before January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms (collectable handguns)
          (ii) manufactured on or after 1 January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms and the licensee's licence is endorsed to allow possession of collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1947('modern collectable handguns') or
          (iii) otherwise - they are permanently inoperable.

A collector must not discharge or operate, cause or permit to be discharged or operated any weapon held or proposed to be held under a Collector's Licence, unless authorised to do so under a licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • have attained at least 18 years of age
  • have adequate knowledge of safety practices relating to the use and maintenance of weapons for the category of weapons applied for (by completion of Weapons Act Safety course)
  • not be disqualified by the Weapons Act from holding a licence
  • be a fit and proper person with specific reference to mental state, misuse of drugs, firearm offences involving violence or threatened violence, or subject to an order under the Domestic Violence Act 1989
  • satisfy the authorised officer that you you are going to engage in the collection and preservation or study of weapons
  • your storage complies with Weapons Regulations 1996
  • for permanently inoperable Cat H weapons you comply with Section 60(3) and (4)
  • for weapons other than Cat H and there are more than 30 weapons at the premises section 60(3) and (4) applies
  • over 30 weapons at the premises or temporary inoperable CAT H Section 39-43 applies.


The licence may remain in effect for a maximum term of five years.


See weapons licensing fees, forms and FAQs in Other resources.

Other resources

Application process

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Form 1 Application for a Licence, Form 1 Annexure Collectors Application and a Form 30 Proof of Identity Declaration" to your local Queensland Police Station. If you are applying for a Category H (Temporarily inoperable) you also need to submit a QP517 Approved Historical Society Declaration (Collectors Licence).

You can obtain copies of these forms from the website or from a Queensland Police station. Please contact Weapons Licensing Branch for further information.

You must also submit the following documents with the application:

  • your Queensland driver's licence or if you do not have a Queensland driver's licence, another acceptable form of photographic identification for proof of identity, date of birth and residency
  • a completed Weapons Act safety course.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Police Service

Weapons Licensing

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Senior Sergeant

Weapons Licensing

Queensland Police Service

Operating address: Floor 7, 46 Charlotte Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 892
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3015 7777
Fax: 07 3015 7788
Website: Queensland Police Service (Opens in new window)