Firearm Licence - Victoria


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

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

Category E licences (longarms) are held for official, commercial or prescribed purpose or for a purpose authorised by an Act or Regulation.

Category H and E licences are for:

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

Interstate firearms licence holders are permitted to possess and use firearms in Victoria for approved firearms activities, provided that their licence allows them to possess and use firearms for those activities.

Please contact Victoria Police for information on whether your interstate licence authorises the activities you intend to undertake in Victoria.

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 a resident of Victoria or work with firearms in Victoria
  • be at least 18 years old for an adult licence, or, between 12 and 18 years for a junior licence
  • be a fit and proper person
  • be a non-prohibited person or have been deemed not to be prohibited by a court
  • be able to demonstrate and maintain a genuine reason for needing a firearm licence
  • have completed the relevant firearm safety course.


Duration will vary depending on the category of the licence.


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Other resources

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Firearm Regulations 2018 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

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