You are here: Our services > Police Licensing Services > Firearms > Licence applications
      Sitemap  |  Accessibility  |  Contact us WA Government Search
 

Police 131444
 

Licence applications

Application documents

Before you begin (PDF, 125kb)
Application process brochure (PDF, 325kb)
Application checklist (Word, 36kb)
Application for a Firearm Licence 
Ability to apply for a number of firearms (Word, 23kb)

What type of Licence are you applying for?

Original firearms licence
Addition to your existing firearms licence
Collectors Licence (includes ammunition)

*Please note:  If you already hold a firearms licence, and wish to apply for a Collectors licence, this must be treated as an ‘Original’ Collectors Licence application  

Manufacturers licence
Repairers licence
Dealers licence
Corporate licence 

How do I apply for a firearm?

A Firearm Licence entitles the holder to possess, carry, and lawfully use the firearm/s named and identified in that licence, and ammunition for that firearm.

An approval is determined by the category or type of firearm applied for, and the reason for which it is required.

To determine the category of firearm you wish to licence, you can access the Firearms licences and categories page.

The ‘Application for a Firearm Licence’ is to be completed online and printed by the applicant  for lodgement with your supporting documents at Australia Post.

Please Note:

When you complete and print your application form you will only be provided with a two page document that consists of; An Application Summary and a list of supporting documents required to be lodged at a participating Australia Post outlet.

As the new form is in HTML format the full details of your application will have been electronically submitted to Australia Post and this information will be retrieved when the barcode on your application summary is scanned at the outlet and will be sent electronically to Licensing Services Firearms for processing.

Before you begin (PDF, 125kb)

Original firearms licence

Categories A and B can be submitted on one application. Categories C, H and E applications are required to be submitted separately. Each application will incur a separate fee.

If you have never held a Firearm Licence previously, you will be applying for a ‘first time issue’ (Original) Firearm Licence.

To lodge your application summary you must personally attend at a nominated Australia Post outlet with:

  • 100 point proof of identification with a photograph;
  • Supporting documentation (relevant to the reason for wishing to licence a firearm).
  • Serviceability Certificate for each firearm you are seeking to licence.
  • Firearms Awareness Certificate if you are a first time (Original) applicant for a Firearm Licence.

(To find your nearest outlet you can also ring 131318)

Note: If your application is for a first time issue (Original) Firearm Licence, you will in addition to any other further supporting documents, be required to provide the following:

  • Firearm Awareness Certificate (which is issued after the successful completion of an assessment obtained from authorised persons at approved Clubs/Associations/Dealers). 
  • Firearm Serviceability Certificate for each firearm (it is the responsibility of the Seller of the firearm to obtain this certificate).  This Certificate remains valid for 3 months only.

The term “Supporting documentation” may include but not limited to, the following:

  • Property Letter/Primary Producer Advice
  • Club Support Letter
  • Occupational Requirement Disclosure
  • Identification Exemption Certificate
  • Proof of Property Ownership
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Registered Business Name

A mandatory legislative 28 day cooling-off period will apply to first time issue (Original) applicants for a Firearm Licence. This means your licence will not be processed until 28 days after being received at Police Licensing Services (Firearms).

Note: Failure to advise Licencing Services Firearms of your intentions to continue with your application within a further 28 days will result in your application to be considered lapsed and it may be declined.

  • For first time issue (Original) firearm licence applications, Licensing Services Firearms will mail you a letter requesting that you confirm your intention to proceed with your application and to fit an approved cabinet to store your firearm. You will need to provide a Statutory Declaration and photographs to confirm this.   
  • The applicant will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail. If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).
  • For a first time issue (original) Firearm Licence, this notification will also include a request for you to attend a Australia Post office which has a “Photo Point” to have your photograph taken for an Extract of Licence card which incurs a fee. This card will be mailed to you at a later stage.
  • If refused, and you are applying for an Original licence, you will be forwarded a partial refund of the original payment and receive documentation detailing the reasons for this decision.
  • Don’t forget to take 100 points of identification with you to the Post Office! 

Addition to your existing firearms licence

Categories A and B can be submitted on one application. Categories C, H and E applications are required to be submitted separately. Each application will incur a separate fee.

Follow the same process as the above application for an Original Firearm Licence, however you will not be required to abide by the 28 day cooling off period.

Co-licensing a firearm - Co-user permission

If you wish to use the firearm of another person, you must be licenced to do so. The application process is the same as if you were applying to possess a firearm.

If you have not previously held a Firearm Licence, you will have to make an application for an Original Firearm Licence.

The Co-user Permission form is required when the existing firearm/s licence holder retains ownership of the firearm but allows the applicant to possess and use the firearm/s.

Firearm Serviceability Certificate for each firearm applied for.

A Firearm Serviceability Certificate is required for each firearm subject of an application, to ensure compliance with Sections 12 and 18(5) of the Firearms Act 1973 and Regulation 24 of the Firearms Regulations.
Certificates can only be issued by participating Clubs/Associations or licensed firearm Dealers, Repairers or Manufacturers.

It is the responsibility of the Seller to obtain the Serviceability Certificate, which remains valid for a period of 3 months.

Storage

You must have the appropriate Storage facilities before you are able to take possession of your firearms.

  • If you are applying as a first time applicant (Original licence) you will be contacted by Licensing Services Firearms after your application has been received. Before the licence is approved you will be required to provide further information regarding the installation of an approved firearm cabinet. You will be required to provide a Statutory Declaration and photographs confirming your storage facility.
  • If you are applying for an addition to your Firearm Licence there is provision within the application to certify that you have a storage cabinet that meets the required standard and that there is sufficient space for the ‘new’ firearm.

Guidance can be obtained from Schedule 4 of the Firearms Regulations 1974 refers - Specifications for storage cabinets or containers.

How do I apply for a firearm other than a low-powered firearm?

High powered (Category B & C) Firearm

Follow the same process as an application for a Firearm Licence.

A licence for a Category B (High Powered) firearm is the same as a Category A firearm; however you will need to satisfy the Commissioner that a firearm of Category A would be inadequate or unsuitable for the purpose for which the firearm is required.

NOTE : If you are already licensed and in possession of a Category B firearm, you will be required to justify why you require another firearm of a similar calibre.

Category H firearm (Handgun)

Follow the same process as an application for a Firearm Licence.
Members of firearm clubs can only apply for a Category H firearm (handgun), after 6 months of active membership but are subject to certain conditions and/or restrictions.  (Please check with your club to determine these conditions).
The only exceptions (non-club purposes) are:

  • required in the course of the person’s occupation (restrictions do apply); and
  • Commonwealth or State Government purposes.

Note: Hunting, recreational shooting or vermin control are not deemed to be a “genuine reason” for possessing a firearm of this type.

Collectors Licence (includes ammunition)

Firearm Collectors Licence

A Collectors Licence allows the holder to possess, but not carry or use any firearm named and identified in the licence).  

  • Application for a Ammunition Collectors Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, the Application Summary is to be printed and submitted along with all supporting documentation to a participating Australia Post outlet.
  • Application for a Collectors Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, the Application Summary is to be printed and submitted along with all supporting documentation to a participating Australia Post outlet.

You will need to provide supporting documentation that demonstrates the firearm has significant commemorative, historical, thematic or heirloom value and will have to obtain a Serviceability Certificate for each firearm.

  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your application, supporting documentation and fee.
  • You will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail.
  • If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).
  • If declined, you will receive documentation detailing the reason for this decision.

NOTE: Please be aware that this process must be adhered to even if you already have a Firearm Licence. 

Ammunition Collectors Licence

An Ammunition Collectors Licence allows a person to possess and carry ammunition, but they are not allowed to use the ammunition.

In some cases the quantities of ammunition may be specified.

  • Application for an Ammunition Collector’s Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, the Application Summary is to be printed and submitted along with any supporting documents to a participating Australia Post outlet.

You will need to provide supporting documentation in relation to your reasons for wishing to obtain this licence.

  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your Application Summary, supporting documentation and fee.
  • You will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail.
  • If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).
  • If declined, you will receive documentation detailing the reason for this decision.

NOTE: Please be aware that this process must be adhered to even if you already have a Firearm Licence.

Corporate Licence

A Corporate Licence is issued to companies that rely on the use of firearms within the course of their occupation i.e. security companies, paintball venues, government agencies and primary producers. The licence allows them to possess firearms and ammunition named and identified in that licence.

  • Application for a Corporate Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, then validated and printed.
  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your application, supporting documentation and fee.

Note: You will need to supply the following as part of your supporting documentation:

  • Firearm Serviceability Certificate for each firearm subject.
  • Agents Nominee Letter as written proof of authority to make this application on behalf of a business/company.

Your application will be sent to Police Licensing Services who will send you a package to complete and return.

Dealers Licence

A Dealers Licence allows a person, who in the ordinary course of business buys, sells or trades in firearms or ammunition.

  • Application for a Dealers Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, then validated and printed.
  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your application, supporting documentation and fee.

Note: As part of your application you must provide an Agents Nominee Letter as written proof of authority to make this application on behalf of a business/company.

  • Your application will be sent to Police Licensing Services who will send you a package to complete and return. 
  • You will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail. If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).

Manufacturers Licence

A Manufacturers Licence allows a person to manufacture firearms and ammunition of the kind specified in that licence on the premises named and identified in that licence and to sell and dispose of such firearms and ammunition at those premises.

  • Application for a Manufacturer’s Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, then validated and printed.
  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your application, supporting documentation and fee.
  • Your application will be sent to Police Licensing Services who will send you a package to complete and return. At a later date, you will be requested to participate in a theoretical test of your knowledge and experience in relation to the subject.
  • You will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail. If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).

Note: It is possible to seek the issue of a Restricted Manufacturers Licence. In the main, they are for the manufacture and sale of ammunition.

Repairers Licence

A Repairers Licence allows a person to repair firearms belonging to persons who are authorised by this Act or any other law to possess them and possess ammunition for those firearms on the premises named and identified in that licence.

  • Application for a Repairer’s Licence is to be completed online by the applicant, then validated and printed.
  • You must attend a nominated Australia Post outlet with your application, supporting documentation and fee.
  • Your application will be sent to Police Licensing Services who will send you a package to complete and return. At a later date, you will be requested to participate in a theoretical test of your knowledge and experience about the subject.
  • You will receive notification of acceptance or refusal in the mail. If successful, you will be issued a licence (via post).

Note: It is possible to seek the issue of a Restricted Repairers Licence depending on the applicant’s intentions and knowledge.

The application form must be completed online (link to forms) however if you do not have access to a computer or the internet, you will need to go to your local police station and ask for a handwritten application form.

  • Be advised that this form has a unique barcode and will be pre-printed with your full name.
  • Take note that Australia Post will not accept photocopies of the handwritten form due to its unique ID number. It will cause a rejection by Australia Post should their system detect an application with a duplicate number. 
  • Prior to attending your local police station, it is preferable that you know how many application forms you will require; i.e. if you are applying for a Category A and a Category H licence, you will require two (2) application forms. Categories A and B can be combined into one application, however, Categories C, E and H licences will each require separate applications. 

Once you have completed filling in your details on the application form, you must go to a participating Australia Post outlet to submit your application. Bring along:

  • 100 point proof of identification with a photograph;
  • Supporting documentation (relevant to the reason for wishing to licence a firearm).
  • Serviceability Certificate for each firearm you are seeking to licence.
  • Firearms Awareness Certificate if you are a first time applicant for a Firearm Licence.

Do no take firearms to the Australia Post outlet.

Do not take photographs of your storage cabinet to the Australia Post outlet. These will be requested later by Licencing Services Firearms.
 
Information on participating Australia Post outlets can be obtained by telephoning 13 13 18.

 

 

Printer friendly version

Media centre Work for us Statistics Contact us Government Portal
Media releases Jobs WA Crash statistics Contact Us wa.gov.au
Media information Step Forward Crime statistics Crime Stoppers WA Government Search
      Complaints  
      Local police
      Website survey
       
Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy | Site map |      All contents copyright © Government of Western Australia. All rights reserved. Login