shotgun certificate

This is one of the most popular sections on Shooting UK. Because we bring you all the information you need on how to get a shotgun certificate and/or a firearms certificate.

If you’re new to shooting, the process is explained clearly, from how to get the right forms, how to apply, the details you will need to give and how long you can expect the whole process to take.

We have also covered the latest laws on shotgun certificates and the latest news. What happens if you let your certificate lapse and what you should do with your guns. What happens if the shotgun certificate holder dies. How many guns you can hold on a single certificate. Plus warnings on how you can lose your certificate.

Health conditions affecting your suitability are also covered comprehensively, as is GP involvement with the process and shooting organisations that can help you if you have an issue.

Man with shotgun

Why the Home Office consultation on firearms licensing is a muddle

Firearms licensing has never been satisfactory, but it became an even bigger mess in April 2016 when the Home Office introduced new medical requirements. These were agreed between the Home Office, British Medical Association, shooting organisations and the police. The BMA broke ranks almost immediately and some police forces were…

Beretta 687 EELL limited edition

FAQs about shotgun certificate applications

Q. How much does a shotgun certificate cost and how long does it run for? A. A certificate is valid for five years, after which it must be renewed  if you wish to continue to possess shotguns. A new certificate costs £79.50 and renewal is £49. Q. How old do…

add guns to firearms certificate

How do I add guns to a firearms certificate?

Q: I have held a shotgun certificate for 40 years, initially for roughshooting, but in recent years, mainly for skeet and DTL. Two years ago I decided that I would like to add FAC to my shooting disciplines and  joined my local shooting club as an airgun member, being added to…

leave a shotgun at a holiday home

Can I leave a shotgun at my holiday home?

Q: I have a shotgun licence, registered in London, and 
a number of shotguns kept at 
that registered address. I also 
have a holiday home, which has 
a clay ground nearby. Rather than keep transporting a gun to the holiday house I am keen to install 
a cabinet and leave…

cleaning a stalking rifle

Useful tips on getting your firearms certificate

Thinking about getting your firearms certificate? If you already have a shotgun certificate, it makes sense to apply for what is known as a “coterminous” certificate. This basically means that you will have one end date for both your shotgun and rifle licences. These are popular with both police forces…

rifle and bullets

New extension brought in for firearm and shotgun certificate renewals

Shooters can now receive an eight-week extension to firearm and shotgun certificate renewals under certain circumstances, in a move that it is hoped will reduce the existing backlog in renewals. The new extension, brought in through the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will allow licensing departments to take extra time…

licensing fees for firearms increased by Government

Licensing fees under review

The Home Office is exploring an increase in licensing 
fees for firearms. The 
minister responsible for 
firearms licensing, Nick 
Hurd MP, recently confirmed 
in a written answer to 
a Parliamentary question 
that fees are currently 
being reviewed. This would be another blow to the wallet for shooters, coming just 
a…