Firearm Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to possess a firearm. There are a number of licence categories. The category of licence you will require varies according to the type of firearm and how you intend to use it.

  • Long arms: Category A, B, C, D, and E.
  • Handguns: General Category, Provisional and Category E.

Category A and B licences are for:

  • sport or target shooting
  • hunting
  • primary production
  • to work in the security or prison industry
  • to be a firearms safety instructor
  • for other official or commercial purposes permitted by the regulations.

Category C licences are for:

  • clay target shooting
  • clay target shooting possession on behalf of a junior licence holder
  • primary production
  • professional hunting
  • other uses approved by the agency.

Category D licences are held for professional hunting.

General Category and Category E licences are for:

  • target shooting
  • working in the security or prison industry
  • firearms safety instructors
  • other uses approved by the agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Each licence category has its own eligibility requirements. Please consult the application form and associated documents for more information.


Duration will vary depending on the category of the licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees associated with the licence vary. Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Victoria

Application process


Applications are available via eforms which are found on the Victoria Police Licensing eServices Portal.

Approval time

At least 28 days after the agency receives the application.

Administering agency

Victoria Police

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:

Licensing Services Division

Victoria Police

Phone: 1300 651 645
Fax: 03 9247 6485
Website: Victoria Police (Opens in new window)