Application & notification forms

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Change of addresses and gun transfer notifications can now be sent to the email address or via the Fax number shown under the heading Contact. Please make sure that full details of the address change or gun transfer are given to prevent any follow-up call.

Please note current average processing times on receipt of a completed Firearm/Shotgun application :-

Firearm grant application – 124 days
Shotgun grant application – 117 days
Firearm renewal application – 67 days
Shotgun renewal application – 70 days

Times correct at time of update and are updated monthly.
Last update 1st May 2019.

Once a completed application has been received at the Firearms Licensing Department, your payment will be processed and the application forwarded to a Firearm Enquiry Officer for allocation. 

You should expect to have initial contact from a Firearm Enquiry Officer within 5 weeks of receipt of your completed application. If you have not received contact within the time frame specified please contact the Firearm and Explosives Licensing Unit on 01392 225650. 

Application Pack for Firearm, Shotgun and Coterminous (Firearm and Shot Gun certificates that expire together) certificate

Application for a variation to a firearm certificate

Please note that you will need to enclose your current firearm certificate with the completed form. At question 13 enter all the firearms you wish to acquire including any unused variations from a previous request. Unused authorities are not automatically carried forward unless you request this.

If you are applying to increase the number of firearms you hold (including sound moderators) the fee is £20.00. A cheque or postal order should be made payable to PCC Devon & Cornwall. Alternatively you may pay by card payment by contacting the firearms licensing department.

UK Visitors permits

This form should be used to apply for a shotgun and/or firearm visitor permit. A sponsor on behalf of the visitor should complete the application. The sponsor does not need to be a certificate holder. The completed application form should be forwarded to the police force area under which the sponsor resides. A fee is payable (Please contact Firearms Licensing on 01392 225650 during normal office hours for details of appropriate fees).

If the visitor is resident in an EU country, their original (a photocopy is acceptable)  European Firearms Pass will be needed with the application form. If the visitor is resident in a country which is not registered as part of the EU, another form of supporting documentation will be required such as a firearm certificate or hunting certificate. As a last option a letter from the visitor’s local police authority will be required stating that the police are happy for the visitor to use firearms/shotguns whilst in this country.

Section 11(6) Authority – clay pigeon exemption

Use this form if you are organising a clay pigeon shooting event where non-certificate holders may be participating. The attached form is for your convenience only and is not an official form.

Transfer of shotguns & firearms

This form should be used if you have sold or acquired a shotgun, firearm or other component part. The attached form is for your convenience only and is not an official form. If you have any queries on what information the licensing department requires, please contact them (see sub heading 'contact details').

Change of address for existing certificate holders

If you have just moved or know the impending date of your house move you will need to notify the Firearms & Explosives Licensing Unit without undue delay. Failure to notify of such changes may result in prosecution. Please note that this forms one of the conditions on firearm and shotgun certificates. The attached form is for your convenience only and is not an official form.

Replacement firearm / shotgun certificate

If you have lost or had stolen your firearm or shotgun certificate you will need to apply for a replacement (fee payable). The attached form is for your convenience only and is not an official form.

Please include your payment when posting in your application. Please do not send cash.


Firearms Licensing Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police, Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter

Tel: 01392 225650

Non Emergency Directory (NED)

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