Firearms Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence to possess or possess and use a firearm.

Your authorisation to possess a firearm for a particular purpose or undertake particular firearm-related activities will vary depending on the category of your licence. Firearms licence categories are:

  • shooting club
  • target shooting
  • hunting
  • paint-ball shooting (for use of firearms only as the operator of a recognised paint-ball business or on the grounds of an authorised paint-ball operator under accredited supervision)
  • primary production
  • security guard (for use of firearms only in conjunction with an appropriate security or investigation licence)
  • contract shooter (for use of firearms only in the operation of an animal control business)
  • commercial range (for use of firearms only as an operator or employee of a recognised commercial range)
  • shooting gallery (for use of firearms only as an operator or employee of a shooting gallery)
  • collector (for collecting or displaying firearms only as an active member of a collectors club)
  • miscellaneous (for other approved purposes, such as firearms manufacturing, ceremonial events, zoological or veterinary purposes, and film, television or theatrical productions)
  • dealer (for possession and use of firearms, parts or ammunition for the purpose of the business of a dealer).

You will be authorised to use a particular type of firearm depending on your licence category. Details can be found on the application form.

If you intend to be a dealer of firearms, parts or ammunition, you will need a separate licence. You will also need to register each firearm in your possession.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must be over 18 years of age to apply for a firearms licence, unless:

  • you are applying for a shooting club category of licence, in which case you must be 12 years of age or older
  • you are applying for a primary producer category of licence, in which case you must be 15 years of age or older.

You will need 100 points of identification and proof of age to apply for a firearms licence. Information on the point value of forms of identification can be found in the attached document.

You may need to attend a firearms safety and training course to receive a licence.


One, three or five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $103.00

One year licence. Fees for 2021-22.

Apply Application All $267.00

Three year licence. Fees for 2021-22.

Apply Application All $424.00

Five year licence. Fees for 2021-22.

Vary Variation All $61.00

Variation of a licence. Fees for 2021-22.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All 100 Point Identification (Opens in new window)

Application process


You will need to lodge your completed application with the required proof of identity and fee payment with the agency. You will receive a letter telling you if your application is approved and how to arrange the required training.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

You may apply to vary, add or revoke a firearms category or other condition of your licence.

Administering agency

South Australia Police

Firearms Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Officer in Charge

Firearms Branch

South Australia Police

South Australia
Operating address: Police Headquarters
100 Angas Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1539
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 08 7322 3346
Contact us website: Key Contacts (Opens in new window)