Firearms Licence - Tasmania


You will need this licence if you intend to own, possess or use, a firearm. There are five categories of firearm licence:

  • Category A - for firearms such as air rifles, rimfire rifles (other than self loading), shotguns (other than pump action or self loading) or shotgun and rimfire combinations.
  • Category B - for firearms such as muzzle loading firearms, centrefire rifles (other than self loading) or shotgun and centrefire rifle combinations.
  • Category C - for firearms such as self loading rimfire rifles (with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds), self loading shotguns (with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds) or pump action shotguns (with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds).
  • Category D - for firearms such as self loading centrefire rifles, self loading shotguns (with a capacity of more than 5 rounds), pump action shotguns (with a capacity of more than 5 rounds), and self loading rimfire rifles (with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds).
  • Category H - for firearms such as pistols or air pistols.

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 licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a fit and proper person
  • have a genuine reason to possess or use a firearm
  • have a need for a particular category of firearm
  • have satisfactorily completed an approved firearms safety course.

You are deemed to have a genuine reason if you are:

  • a member of a sport or target shooting club
  • undertaking recreational hunting or vermin control
  • primary producer
  • undertaking animal population control
  • involved in animal welfare
  • involved in a business or employment as a firearms dealer, security agent or security guard
  • a commercial fishermen (for such purposes as discharging seal deterrent ammunition)
  • operating a paintball business
  • involved in firearms collection
  • showing or exhibiting firearms (museum).

Applying for a firearms licence for personal protection, the protection of family or property protection is not deemed to be a genuine reason.

It is a condition of this licence that the licence holder is familiar, and willing to comply with, all relevant and current state and commonwealth legislation.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Application process


After you have been approved to obtain a firearms licence:

  • you will receive approval from the agency to enrol and attend a firearms safety training course
  • then you will need to complete the training course within six months to be granted a firearms licence.

Approval time

20 business days

Administering agency

Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania Police

Contact details

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