Firearms Licensing

What is the cost of a certificate and how long do they last?

Shotgun and Firearm Certificate are issued for up to 5 years.  Registered firearms dealers are issued for 3 years.  Explosive certificates are issued for 5 years or to the expiry date of firearm or shotgun certificate(s) you currently hold.

A list of the fees can be found here.

How can I pay for a certificate?

Payment can be in either a Cheque or Postal Order made payable to Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (or Humberside PCC).  If you wish to pay in cash, please attend your local police station.

Where do I send my application?

Please forward your application direct to the Firearms Licensing Office at:

Firearms Licensing
Humberside Police
Priory Police Station
Hull
HU5 5SF

Or alternatively by handing them in at your local police station for the attention of the Firearms Licensing Office.

How can I get an application form?

You can download the obtain a Form 201 and the Form 201 guidance below or by contacting the Firearms Licensing Office on 101 or by visiting your local police station.

Can my partner/member of my family/friend transport my weapons for me?

No.  Unless they have the relevant certificate of their own, they must not have access to your firearms/shotguns.

What makes a person a prohibited person from possessing firearms?

Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 sets out restrictions on the possession of firearms by certain categories of persons convicted of crimes in England, Wales and Scotland.

In short, persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more are never allowed to possess firearms or ammunition (and from 14 July 2014 this will include antique firearms), and persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment for three months or more but less than three years must not possess them until five years have passed since the date of release.

From 14 July 2014 the definition of a prohibited person will include persons with suspended sentences of three months or more. The period of five years will begin on the second day after the date on which sentence has been passed . In both these circumstances, the prohibited person may appeal  to the Crown Court, or in Scotland, in accordance with Act of Sederunt to the sheriff for the prohibition to be lifted, and such an appeal may succeed if the conviction was for an unrelated crime.

Must I declare all convictions?

Yes.  Include all the details you can including any traffic convictions and offences committed abroad.

Must I notify all transactions?

All transfers of weapons must be notified in writing by post.  Fax and email notifications may also be accepted.

How do I change my address?

If you change address during the life of your certificate, please notify the licensing department in writing including your certificate so the address can be amended in accordance with the conditions of the certificate. 

A police officer/enquiry officer will deliver your amended certificate and inspect any security provisions you have installed at your new address.

What is a variation?

A variation is an amendment to the authorities on your Firearm Certificate.  If you wish to exchange a weapon/authorisation for a new calibre or one similar you will need to apply for a variation.  By downloading the Variation Form 201V.

If you apply within 7 days of a weapon being transferred, or you are exchanging a current authority for one similar, the variation will be free.  If you are adding to the current amount of weapons currently authorised there is a fee to be paid.

NB: This only applies to Firearm Certificates.

Do I need a certificate to sell air weapons by way of trade or business?

Yes, you must contact the Police Firearms Licensing Office for an application form for a firearms dealers certificate before setting up an air weapon business.  From the 1 October 2007 it will be illegal to sell air weapons by way of trade or business, unless the premises have been registered with the Police Firearms Licensing Office. (Further information about Violent Crime Reduction Act)

Notification to Police by Game Shooters, using land at night

Humberside Police receive many calls from members of the public regarding shooting activities which take place at night on private land, this mainly concerns fears over illegal poaching, in order to reduce the inconvenience to shooters lawfully on land and police calls for service, Humberside Police have adopted a system where shooters can e mail the Force with their intended shooting activities, the force will create a log of the notification and will cross reference this once a concerned call is received, please note the force control room may contact the shooter to confirm that they are on the land when a call is received.

The e mail should include, name/address and contact number of the shooter, the name & address of the land owner and the exact land where the shooting is taking place, along with the times when shooting will take place. 

The e mail address for notifications is: force.control@humberside.pnn.police.uk if you have no access to e mail then you can also report your intended shooting activity by telephone on 101.

If you have any other queries, please contact the Firearms Licensing Office:

Postal Address:
Firearms Licensing
Humberside Police
Priory Police Station
Hull
HU5 5SF

Firearms Licensing Public Contact Office Hours 

Please note that Humberside Police Firearms Licensing unit are available to give advice on licensing matters during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday 8am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 3.30pm
Closed on public holidays

Licensing staff do work outside these hours, however telephone enquiries will be answered during the above times.